October 03, 2010


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June 23, 2008

Pirate Show Progress

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Originally uploaded by The Durochers
I started painting the show today. This is what it looks like so far. I got the tree trunk, sky and sand done and some of the grass. I spent about five hours working on it so far. I won't be able to paint again until like Thursday...unless I work at night. I'll keep you posted with the progress. The kids are going to Grandma and Grandpa's for the rest of the week so hopefully I can get a lot of it done. I am painting it out at a friend's pole barn...luxury accommodations! :)

May 05, 2008

This Sucks!

Baby J's new favorite thing...sucking on fruit.

Max's Blue Book

Well, I didn't draw today...or yesterday. But tonight, Max and I made a book. Max has been having some difficulties learning some of his sight words, particularly his color words. I really want him to be able to get them learned before the end of school...so I have made up some flash cards and found some good worksheets for practice online. I really want his practice and learning to be meaningful to him, so I thought of making a book together. We decided on a color (blue) and went on a treasure hunt with the camera searching for blue things. He said the words, and I wrote them in later. This is the book we made. We plan to make one for all the colors. Our first book is called Blue. I want to get it printed, laminated and spiral bound.

You can click on the title to see it. I will probably make a couple of changes...Sam said I shouldn't have the text in Comic Sans...he just showed me bancomicsans.com...too funny, but it really probably is the most over-used font, so I will probably change it.

May 03, 2008

I spent the day today hanging out with Savannah and troop 166 at Girl Scout Camp...during rest time after lunch, I went outside and sat at a picnic table near the fire pit in the sunshine and drew.

I just finished watching the movie Juno with Sam. I really enjoyed the movie and Jasmin slept in my arms through the whole movie. I don't know why, but after it was over, my heart was flooded with overwhelming love for my kids...and for a moment I couldn't believe I had four such beautiful kids. I looked at a picture of Savannah, Max and Karson and then at Jasmin asleep on my chest and felt such joy and thought about how proud I am of them. How blessed I am to be a part of their lives.
Today I was thinking about how Jasmin will be 6 months old in a few days and how fast it has gone by...I was thinking about all she has done in the past 6 months and that in 6 more months she will probably be crawling and walking and maybe even starting to wave and say momma or dada. I kind of feel like I would like her to stay little for a little longer...I never really felt that with the other kids...I was always so excited to see them grow and make their next big accomplishment...but I know Jasmin will be our last baby, and it's almost sad to see those milestones go by...it just seems like its going to fast. I wish I could appreciate every single moment...but you know, you get caught up in life and all the craziness and those are the last kinds of things on your mind. But I have to say that while it's not often on my mind, I do know how blessed I am and how blessed our family is. I could never have imagined that my life would be anything like it is. It's not all roses and cherries, trust me! We have a stack of probably 25 DVDs that have to be fixed (we have a place that takes the scratches off so you can watch the movies again). There are thousands of Legos in our house and they have made their way into almost every square foot of our home...including the refrigerator! Our kids whine and cry when they are tired. We have a box of at least 75 socks - with no match to be found! Our lawn guy is moving out of state. Anyway, you get the picture. Life is not perfect, but I don't think it's supposed to be. I wouldn't trade mine for a million dollars.