Friday, April 1, 2016

Random Tid bits

  1. Travis is 1/2 way done with his residency, and I haven't killed my children yet. I'm only kidding; as that wouldn't happen. Isaak can be a little testy at times. 

  2. Speaking of Isaak he was playing after school on the playground. Under a play area he fell, and scraped up his back pretty darn good.

    You can see his birthmark to. It's right on his spine. The doctor's always looking at it making sure it hasn't changed, which it never has.

    I washed it with soap and water very gently, put Neosporin on it, cuddled with him, so he wasn't laying on his scrape. He wanted to watch Where the Wild Things Are, since he was wearing that shirt. I hated that movie when it came out, but now I'm growing to understand it more. I love the soundtrack! The trailer is better than the movie. 

  3. I go to the kid's school to read in Mica's class tomorrow. (I'm writing this on Thursday) He won't be expecting me, so it will be fun to surprise him. 

  4. Isaak came home with a book where I was like, "I know who that illustrator is. That is Craig Frazier." I saw his work in a traveling Society Illustrator show in Savannah, GA in 1999. 

  5. My Dad got his results back on his heart awhile back. They didn't work him hard enough. His heart did nothing. He was so annoyed. He felt like it was a waist of time and money. Poor Dad!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

ONME 36-color Set of Oil Art Colored Pencils Review

I got a new set of ONME oil art colored pencils. I love these!

They are high quality drawing pencils for writing, drawing and sketching.

I plan on using them for sketching.

I sketched up a possible t-shirt design for Isaak. I say possible because he hasn't seen it yet. At school the lunch ladies call him, "Isaak the great that holds a bear cup in his hands." I asked him, "Why?" He said, "I don't know I just like it, and asked them to call me that." So...they do. I asked him the other day if he'd like a t-shirt that said that. He said, "Oh ya!" right away.

He might want it more literal with a bear on a cup.

The magenta pencil looks dark purple, so I thought that what I was coloring it at first. It really didn't matter to me because it's just a sketch. If it were a finished drawing I'd test all the colors out on a scrap paper before coloring with them. It's pretty common to get different colors with art supplies. Acrylic paint is the worst with that. It always dries darker than it looks in the tube.

These pencils are eco friendly. They come in a brown tube, and the pencils are encased in a wood that's not painted. Since these are eco friendly they are great for pregnant women, and children over the age of 3. Under the age of 3 is a risk due to the sharpener, and the tips of the pencils falling off, and possibly causing them to choke.

This is a set of 36 assorted colors. There is a lot of variety! I can always overlap colors to get other colors.

If you are into the trending home/adult coloring books these are for you. A wonderful pencil set for coloring Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest, and Lost Ocean Coloring Books. 

They come sharpened and ready to sketch away. There is a small sharper that comes with the set. I love it because the electric sharpeners are not good for colored pencils. They eat too much away, and break their colored tips. 

You can blend these with water, turpentine, or mineral spirits. I use a product called Gamasol that is allergy friendly. I didn't blend the image above because it's just a sketch. 


$44.97 and now $16.99. 

Makes the Perfect Gift:

I like to have a lot of colored pencil sets around to give to kids for birthday parties. It makes an excellent present paired up with a cool coloring book, or sketch pad. I think many parents appreciate their kid getting art supplies over toys.

I like this set so much though. I think I'm going to keep it. 

Disclaimer: I received these color pencils for a discounted price for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WW: Easter {Linky}

I was beginning to think I had no great Easter shots of my kids because there were no great ones on my camera. Then I checked my phone. I did get a few.

My son Mica and his cousin Evan - 3 months older than him

Isaak was all excited for the egg hunt! He ended up finding the Golden Egg that had a $20 in it!

My Grandpa and his brother Bob enjoy watching the little kids play catch. My Grandpa is in the dark blue shirt. He'll be 90 soonish.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Belated Easter

I sincerely hope everyone had a great Easter. It was a good one at our house.

The Easter Bunny at our house makes a Scavenger Hunt every year. The starting point is always the coffee table. That's where they get their first clue.

Scavenger Hunt - The Clue Eggs are Glittery to Stand Out
  1. Welcome to your 2016 Scavenger Hunt. There are 7 eggs each for you to find in, around, and underneath this coffee table. Find the clue egg to take you to to next hiding spot. I hope you have just as much fun finding the eggs, as I did hiding them. - The Easter Bunny 
  2. Old Mother Hubbard hid 20 eggs in the _________ . Find 10 eggs each + the next clue egg. (cupboard) 
  3. There are 7 eggs where Isaak puts dirty and clean clothes. There are 7 eggs + the next clue egg where Mica hardly ever puts dirty clothes. (hampers - all their dirty clothes were out of there)
  4. Find 20 eggs - 10 eggs each low to the ground + the next clue egg. (floor)
  5. 5 eggs + the next clue egg are hidden in what takes you to school in the mornings. Look in the front to find a special prize. (car)
  6. This is your final clue egg. There are 10 eggs - 5 eggs each hidden in the spot where you get clean. Look for a fun prize. Happy Easter! (bathroom)
So I don't really have 1 pretty basket in 1 spot to photograph. It's more running around to find this and that all over the place. Eggs are hidden outdoors if it's not too cold, snowy, or rainy. None were hidden out there this year. It was wet. In most of the clue eggs there are dollar coins for the boys to split.

Mica said after the hunt, "Mom the tradition is for us to watch one of our new movies in the morning." I'm like, "Ok, so I can have time to work in the kitchen to get ready for the big family get together?!" He said, "Yep." Ha! I think they won that one. They watched their new movie Spaceballs, while I made food.

They laughed and laughed. Travis kept sneaking off to see parts of the movie. He's never seen it.

I was only part successful in my food making. 

I was successful in making my Sweet Potato Puffs:

I was unsuccessful in making White Potato Puffs.

They didn't hold up at all. When baked they turned into pancakes. I didn't add eggs to them. Travis made me skip that. I wonder if that's why they didn't hold up. They still were GOOD tasting. They had powdered ranch dressing in them, and were topped with real bacon bits and chive onions from our garden. They ended up being served like Mashed Potatoes.

Off we went to my Aunt's house to have a big meal, and another egg hunt. This was Mica's last year for the hunt. Next year he gets to hide the eggs and prizes for the little kids.

Right now my youngest cousin, and oldest niece and nephew hide them.

A Few of the Egg Hiders

The big kids were let out after the little ones. Mica kept saying, "This is no fair the little kids are being looters. They took almost everything I saw before." Basically they cleared everything out, and he had to work to find his eggs and prizes. As it should be. It made me chuckle.

Mica and Isaak are Circled

Isaak Found the Golden Egg
It had the most money in it - $20

I got pictures of my kids, but nearly all of them were horrible. Isaak kept avoiding the camera. It was somewhat windy, so Mica's hair was in his face. The boys kept moving, and shoveling candy in their mouthes. 

It was a happy Easter though. What did you do for Easter?

Travis did bitch complain about the lack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Eggs, so I went to the store to buy some on clearance. 


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