The ChompaDesk

Claire stumbled upon a monster in her classroom!
She’s documented her discovery on a whiteboard at home.

A Trip to the Desert

Spring Break has come and gone! We had a fantastic time in Tucson, Arizona.

Marching Forth

Remember the post I did about puzzle rings?

Well, my husband and daughter surprised me with a wonderful birthday present: a new puzzle ring!

There are five bands on this one. (Five bands to signify the marching forth into my 5th decade?)
Two of the bands are rose gold. (To signify me?)
Two of the bands are white gold. (To signify my husband?)
One band of yellow gold. (To signify Claire?)

Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

So, I welcome 40 on March 4th. I march forth into my fifth decade.

Bring it on!

99-months Old!

 

When Claire was little, I’d take a picture of her on the 30th of every month. February nearly put me over the edge.

“Do I take her picture on the 28th? Or the 1st? Do I factor in every leap year into her true age? Oh, screw it. I can’t wait to switch to counting her age in years!” I’d mutter to myself.

As she got older, I stopped counting her age in months. She wanted me to take a picture of her outfit today, and I was reminded that February doesn’t have a 30.

So, just for old time’s sake…

She’s 99 months old today!

(Almost. Silly February…)

So, he’s still sleeping on my lap…

“No. No, I’m NOT ready to wake up yet, Commoner,” huffed Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen.

*sigh*
Royalty.

Some Wednesdays…

Some Wednesdays, the schedule is a smoldering mess, one chaotic monster lumbering after another, stomping on villagers in its wake.

Some Wednesdays, the schedule is a thing of beauty, delicate dancers twirling partners in a perfect choreography known only to the gods.

I never know what to expect, which is why I have a pitchfork in my trunk.

Happy Birthday, Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen!

At just over a pound, our Birthday Boy isn’t just a hedgehog, he’s a hedgePIGGY!

Happy 1st Birthday, Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen!

Valentine’s Day is Looming…Literally

Yes, it’s true. Claire has her Valentines done. So soon?

It’s worse than you think…We worked on Valentines over Christmas Break! What? She’s hooked! (Again, literally…the puns are just flowing today!) …and what better time to do it than when you have NO homework AND time to play with something new!

Claire LOVES making bracelets.

Here’s what we did this year for Claire’s Valentines.

I ordered packs of Red, Black, and White bands online. In bulk, they’re REALLY inexpensive. Claire made each bracelet, and I said I’d help her with the tags, which are just strips of pink construction paper and Sharpie.

We stapled the tags on each one.

Find the middle of the circle…

…and pinch to make a heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Claire and Our Baby Hedgehog in Watercolor

Click photos to see more detail.

Here is my latest project! I love how it turned out. How were we instructed to do it?

Find a photo you love.

Wave a wand* to make it Black & White.

Say a spell* to get it into line form.

Draw what you see.

I don’t have a picture of the masked stage, but imagine all the parts you want left “white” covered up with latex mask.

Then, in class today, we wet the paper and poured on the different colors I wanted to use.

I love it!

*Technology is magic.

Some Fridays…

Some Fridays sneak up on me.

Oh, really? It’s Friday? Weird.

Other Fridays greet us as we lazily stroll across the threshold.

We saw you, but we weren’t in any hurry.

Today, it’s like we had to chew the duct-tape restraints off our wrists, kick open the trunk lid, and then tuck & roll from the moving vehicle, landing in a disheveled heap on the side of the road.

I’M OKAY! I’M OKAY! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU, FRIDAY. *collapses*