Monday, August 29, 2016

My Gospel Standards Coloring Book PDF for FREE

I finally took the time to figure out how to link to a PDF from my blog. Here is a link to "My Gospel Standards Coloring Book." This is something that I enjoyed doing so much I went through and re-did it a second time to improve it. I am excited to share it and hope that kids will enjoy it or that it can be used for teaching opportunities.

I love to hand letter and illustrate so much and have so many project ideas! So hopefully I won't take so long to complete the next one to share that I forget how to upload a PDF link in the mean time. I know that this is such a miniscule step but I am seriously flexing my "tech" muscles right now.

Bring on the Puke Cough

I had to jinx it and brag to a friend today that I didn’t clean up any puke today, so of course it didn't last. But at least the all to repeated experience this time of year inspired a lyric to a parody song to “Stand By You.”

Far better than a parody song is a husband who brings you towels to help mop up the puke mess and then folds the laundry while you do the dishes. Nice, very nice.

P.S. - Maybe someday I will think of the rest of the lyrics to this parody song. But in the mean time doesn't Frank look strong in this comic? I may have gotten the arm angle wrong on him a bit, but he definitely looks like a strong cartoon Frank, with no lipstick.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hoping for Fearlessly Extraordinary

So since one of my duties as the mom of this household is to decide what is a "Sunday movie" and what is not we all watched the original stage-to-home-movie production of Saturday's Warrior this weekend. No sooner had we started it had we all learned the lyrics to and were singing "Humble Way."

Although written for its humor I loved the confidence and power that the song brought out in the kids and thought it was the perfect mantra for the first day of school tomorrow. So here is a Mother's hope that her children will smile their faces off and remember to be "fearlessly extraordinary." Just like those two missionaries in Saturday's Warrior.

P.S. - I have seen the trailer for the new Saturday's Warrior but haven't seen it yet. I am sure it will be fabulous, but can anyone ever top the incredible hair of the original stage-to-home-movie experience?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Why Swim When You Can...Do Anything Else?

There are many things in our family that are not options. Most of those things are medically related items. Even Charles, who does not have the necessity for a medically induced regimen is effected by these things that are mandatory items of our day. The day comes to a halt for everyone to get medicine done frequently, really it happens all day and it can be very frustrating, especially for the kids.

 Orson and Charles are best friends (just ask them) but if Orson needs to get his medicine inhaled/swallowed/injected then playtime grinds to a halt (and is often annoyingly interrupted) until the task is completed. So when it comes to other optional choices in life we (“we” as in me and my husband, I don’t have a mouse in my pocket) try to see them as such instead of forcing things that really won’t affect the moral character and happiness of our child.

One thing we have decided to not force on our kids (the parental crowd is going to go wild on this with disagreement I know and I have heard it before believe me) is swimming. Maelee picked it up quickly and eagerly very young. Charles did not (until this summer, hold on and keep reading). Orson has not yet.

The boys love to play in the water but the action of swimming without being able to touch the bottom of the pool is not of any interest to them. Frank and I never having been Olympic quality swimmers ourselves and feeling like it hasn’t stopped us from anything we wanted to do in life, focus on safety and fun in the pool with the kids. Charles was ecstatic when he grew tall enough to walk the majority of our community pool with his head above water. At the beginning of the summer I tried to teach him to swim and lost that battle very quickly. The battle being him insanely angry and upset and me stopping trying came and ended fast with Charles the victor. Then he got a coast guard approved life vest and was worried still about it not functioning properly in the deep (six feet folks) water. So one morning I dragged him into the deep end with him screaming enough to bring out neighbors living around the pool to check on us and he saw that indeed his snuggly fitting life vest worked great. He got the feel of things and the motion of his movement in the water and before we knew it he was taking off the vest and swimming all around the pool all on his own self instruction. Still in the shallow end yes, but hey that’s where I do all my swimming too. So we figure it’s a 2 thumbs up experience (both my thumb and Charles thumbs are the two thumbs in case you were wondering).

So yes there is Charles’ very exciting success story from our pool time this summer, but then there is the reality also that in my eyes especially towards the end of the summer, swimming is more trouble than its worth. With the piles of wet swimsuits, puddles all over the house, any space being used to change clothes is completely trashed, working around the baby’s naps, etc., etc., etc.

Of course I love my 13 month old with all my stinking heart but holding her in the pool is only fun for about 20 minutes. Make that 15 and set the timer please. She proved the need for me to wear a swim shirt this summer when she roughly and insistently pulled down my swim top (and although that’s a great way to make strangers feel awkward and leave you alone at the public pool it is very terrible when it happens around all your neighbors many of whom your attend church with). So with that in mind my desire and tolerance for taking my kids swimming this summer has fizzled out to taking them out of guilt for the sake of their summer enjoyment or doing anything else I can think of to avoid it. So if there are any other moms out there who feel the same way I do in regards to swimming loosing its charm when you have a whole flock of ducklings this comic is for you. For you other moms who remain beautiful mermaids all summer and swim your tails off, my hands are clapping a big round of applause for you right now.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Redacted, My First Letter to the Editor

I received my first letter to the editor today. I say letter to the editor knowing full well that I am talking about myself who is also the author of this peculiarly shifting and sometimes neglected blog. So the letter came in the form of a text from the most important guy in my life. So all things considered I thought I would officially redact the illustration of Frank from yesterdays comic post and replace it tonight with a hopefully improved in his eyes illustration.

That is all.


PS - I may or may not be using the term "redacted" correctly this evening.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The End is Near, Summer's End Anyway

At the end of the summer I always balance between hating my name being said every 3.5 seconds with a request attached and then being sad that leisurely time together as a family is being literally sucked away into the vacuum oblivion of the school year schedule. It was a well spent summer here. We all have mixed feelings about the new school year and what it will bring, surely an adventure though so that is always good. So without further ado here is the second submission of “Sanity Choices.”