Before the flower overload, I thought I’d post the pictures of our recent outing to Deep Ellum, Dallas’ arts & entertainment district. It was cold that day and we didn’t spend as much time there as I would have liked, but at least I got pictures of the Traveling Man Sculptures, really the main reason I wanted to go. Maybe we can go back another time to take pictures of the murals.
Waiting on a Train
Not mine… Mel’s!
She brought one of her art projects home recently, and when she showed it to me my reaction was “Wow! WOW! This is really good!!!… Can I have it???” 🙂 Just wish she had rolled it up instead of folded it…
Sharing my creation today 🙂
I used to draw as a teenager, but sadly only have one single drawing left, that I did when I was 18 years old. It hangs in my dining room, and if I ever remember to take a picture of it, I may share that with you, too.
I saw gorgeous abstracts like this one on Robin’s blog recently, and had to try them myself. I’ve only had time for one so far, but I can’t wait to dig through my pictures again and create a few more! If you’re wondering about the original image, it was one of this year’s 4th of July fireworks.
My faithful readers (whether you’ve been here from the beginning of this blog, or found your way here since then)
… just one of the many things I’m thankful for today.
Artwork by Sara
Melissa missed a day of school recently and had to bring her art project home to finish it over a week-end. They had to print out a photo (had to be a photo, it couldn’t be a drawing or painting) and then duplicate it on the scratch pad. I think it turned out amazing!
Of course I forgot to take a picture of the finished project, and had Melissa ask her teacher if she could borrow it (and return it the next day) so her
crazy mom could take a picture of it for her blog. Melissa said that hers was one of the pieces of art that her teacher chose to display at the school.
Would make a nice little pet, don’t you think? 😉
Part 2: Anime
These last three required a little creative editing because the pencil was really light and didn’t photograph well.
My personal favorite is “Hanna”.
Part 1: Dragons
Maybe we will have another snow day tomorrow?
From the National Weather Service:
“The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and sleet … which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Precipitation will begin as rain in northwest parts of North Texas early Wednesday morning … continuing to overspread North Texas. As temperatures fall to below freezing Wednesday morning … the precipitation will transition to a freezing rain and sleet mixture before changing to all snow by early afternoon.
Total sleet and snow accumulations are expected to range from one to three inches. In addition … a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain could coat roads and exposed objects before the precipitation transitions to sleet and snow by mid morning.
All wintry precipitation is expected to taper off during the afternoon. Snow flurries may persist into the evening hours in eastern counties. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow … sleet … and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.”
And, yes, it’ll be bitterly cold again. The weather service says wind chills will reach near zero in some parts of North Texas from Wednesday evening until sunrise on Thursday.
The Weather Channel’s forecast has the area warming to 36 degrees on Thursday, 47 on Friday and sunny and 50s for the weekend.
Snow art by Sara. Drawn with an icicle
This one is my favorite of the three.
She did a pretty good job! 🙂
She had all four of her wisdom teeth pulled on Monday and will be getting braces in mid-December. She was pretty miserable Monday afternoon and evening, and pretty out of it from the anesthesia… and frustrated because she was thirsty and couldn’t open her mouth very far, let alone swallow. But she managed to get a few sips of milk, and take her pain pills, and antibiotic. We made sure she took a pain pill every four hours and even woke her up in the middle of the night. They pretty much knocked her out… and made her dizzy and she needed help walking. The fact that she barely had anything to eat in more than 24 hours (except for a few bites of apple sauce) didn’t help matters either and left her feeling weak.
But, as Tuesday wore on, she started feeling a little better, even ate some soup and a slice of cheese. She was still in some pain, but Advil took care of that, and by evening she was back on the computer, IM’ing her friend Lexi. Her face is still pretty swollen and I’m sure she’s happy that there’s no school this week. The bright side about a swollen face is that mom isn’t mean enough to take pictures for the Christmas card! 😉
Sara was very concerned about Melissa when she came home late Monday afternoon, and drew this picture. She would love nothing more than snuggle with sissy and make her feel better, but of course that only annoys Melissa. Although I’m sure that Melissa knows how much Sara loves her… she just doesn’t want to admit it.
(Art work by Sara)
We decided to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania since it wasn’t too far out of the way, and that’s where we were on Sunday, July 5, 2009.
There wasn’t enough time to go to the amusement park, and we only went to Chocolate World. We took the tour through the “factory” first, and then the girls got to package up their own Hershey Kisses at Hershey’s Factory Works. Of course we browsed through the shops, too, and bought some chocolate!
From there we went on to Baltimore, Maryland where we ate lunch (Greg was dying to eat crabs!! YUCK!) and then visited Greg’s brother for a while. Unfortunately our sister-in-law and nephew were in Maine on vacation and we didn’t get to see them.
Our next stop was Frederick, Maryland. If I could live anywhere in the world, this would be the place! I actually lived there for a little over a year and still miss it.
We stopped at Carroll Creek Park, which was still under construction when we moved to Texas. It’s a really nice park with lots of restaurants and shops, a “river walk” and beautiful bridges and artwork. All the artwork you see here is painted onto the bridge and the walls, even the stones and ivy were painted.
This week was Celebrate the Arts at the local high school. Melissa performed with her school’s choir on Tuesday evening, and they sounded wonderful! Unfortunately, Greg and Sara didn’t get to go, because the performance was scheduled for 8:20 pm – almost an hour past Sara’s bed time.
On Thursday, Sara brought a note home from school, saying that her art was selected for the art show this week-end. Of course we had to go and check it out Friday evening.
This is her masterpiece that was chosen:
Sara drew this for me yesterday, all by herself, just by looking at the picture on the card.
Or mini-Mel, as I sometimes call her. She adores her big sister and wants to be like her and do everything she does… and that includes drawing. I think Sara got her talent from Melissa, because she does really well. Here she’s drawing Okeefeenokie, the cat that Melissa gave her for Christmas. Don’t ask how she came up with the name, she gives her dolls and animals all kinds of silly names.
And to show you just how much Sara loves Melissa… a few months back, they were both sitting at the dinner table and Sara told Melissa “Sissy, you’re my hero”. Awwwww
Or just recently she came into the computer room, dressed in Melissa’s way-too-big-for-her pajamas and said with a big grin on her face “Mommy, look! I’m Melissa!”
Now I need to get a picture of my big artist….
Melissa and Sara both love to draw and whenever I send a letter or package, they insist on drawing a picture and include it. This one is for my best friend who lives in Germany.
I don’t know why they decided to draw giraffes. They usually draw horses, and Melissa can draw some really good dragons, too. (And I have no idea what that yellow triangle above Sara’s giraffe is)