Thursday, March 3, 2016

Collaging With Magazines


Today I finally decided it was time to cut into our huge pile of magazines. My mom gave me a bunch of magazines almost ten years ago, and they've done nothing but take up space in the closet of my art studio ever since.

It was time to collage!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pokémon Breakfast


It's Pokémon Day! Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nintendo's first Pokémon video games.

Woo hoo!

For breakfast, we had a Pikachu made from Van's Totally Original Gluten Free Waffles, and decorated them with melted Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips and pieces of strawberry. On the side was the symbol for Electric Type Pokémon, a slice of chocolate adorned pineapple. And to drink: a two-toned red berry/banana coconut smoothie.

Happy Pokémon Day!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Decorative Mending


I've been wearing a pair of pants that I love a little too much lately. I honestly don't own many pairs of pants, and I've been cold, so my skirts just haven't cut it. As I was going through my closet to see what other options I had, I noticed a pair of pants just like my favorites hanging in the way back of my closet behind my Summer clothing. Why were they in the back? Because they had holes in them!

Well, time to remedy that situation! I decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at some decorative mending!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Legend of Zelda Lunch


We are huge Legend of Zelda fans, so we are celebrating its 30th anniversary today with a special lunch!I have included a grilled cheese Triforce, a tomato Heart Bar, a celery Magic Meter, a spinach Deku Leaf, and for dessert, a jar full of BaKol Strawberry Jel as the perfect Bottle of Red Potion.

We may be geeks, but at least we do it with style!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Mockingbird


Harper Lee, you sure had a way with words! You will be missed.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

When the Creativity Dam Breaks

My son's most recent late-night LEGO creation:
a large LEGO Minecraft skeleton.

My husband told my daughter not to stay up too late when he tucked her in last night. You see, in our family we have a problem. No matter what time my kids go to bed, they wake up early. So we try to get our kids to bed pretty early to make sure they get enough hours of sleep. The problem comes when the creativity dam breaks. My kids are a lot like me that way: sometimes the flow of creativity is so strong that we do crazy things like forgetting to eat, randomly waking up in the wee hours of the morning, or staying up way too late.

So here we are. We have a daughter that has piles of paper and pencils next to her bed because although we ask her to go to bed early, she often stays up late drawing or planning stories, and we have a son who gets up without our knowledge in the middle of the night to build with LEGO and then he puts himself back to bed. For the most part, we allow them to do it. As my daughter puts it, she could lie awake, unhappy that she can't sleep, or she can follow the path through blissful creativity. As unschoolers, we try to encourage the latter. But we also encourage sleep. We have to -- we're parents. It's all about balance, and everyone's balance is different.

I hope you all get enough rest. I also hope that some day you know the joy of following the white rabbit of creativity down the rabbit hole. You never know where it will lead!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Oklahoma City - Dinner Time


We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Oklahoma City, and while it was mostly because of the stars of our trip, the museums, it was made all the more rich by the supporting actors: the food!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Museum of Osteology


The museum my son wanted to go to most while visiting Oklahoma City was the Museum of Osteology. Who wouldn't want to go to a museum filled with nothing but bones?!?

Okay, I admit it might seem kinda' creepy, but we're a family who gets pretty jazzed about the natural sciences, so this was totally up our alley! I mean, seriously, look at my eleven-year-old son giggling next to this whale skull at the museum entrance.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Professional Bull Riders


What's that saying? When in Rome...

When we toured the National Cowboy & Western Museum, we were told that pretty much every weekend there's a rodeo. That Oklahomans love their rodeos. So we decided that since we were in Oklahoma, we should do as the Oklahomans do, and attend PBR, Professional Bull Riders.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser

We took our homeschool on the road again, this time to Oklahoma City. After asking a few friends what we should see while in the city, one museum popped up again and again, so we made it our first stop: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Arizona Suite by Wilson Hurley

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rainbow Roll


Just a year ago my family was traveling around Japan. It was a trip of a lifetime!

Before we even set foot in Japan though, my daughter, who was eight at the time, had decided she wants to move to Japan when she grows up. While we were there, she was in absolute heaven! I'm pretty sure Japanese "kawaii" culture and Harajuku style won her over even more! And ever since we came home, she has been studying the Japanese language, watches anime every chance she gets, and frequently listens to JPop. All of this might just be a phase, or it might not. It doesn't really matter. She's happy, she's passionate about something, and she's learning so much along the way.

So my latest illustration is a tribute to my little girl: she's happiness wrapped in a rainbow; she's the little American girl in Japanese clothes who grows bigger and more colorful every day.

Oh, how I love watching these kids grow!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Rilakkuma Breakfast


My kids really liked the Pac-Man breakfast I created last week, so today I decided to whip up something a little more cute in honor of my daughter's current love of all things Kawaii. When I placed this Rilakkuma (リラックマ) in front of my kids, I heard a resounding "Aww, that's so cute!"

Rilakkuma is made of gluten-free pancakes I mixed together using Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend, and topped them with banana slices and melted Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips. The small bowl is filled with frozen bananas and strawberries that I ran through my Yonanas. Rilakkuma is known for having some favorite foods and pancakes are one of them. But I included nods to two other favorites as well: grapes, and perched in the bowl of Yonanas, a mini marshmallow (I used Dandies Vegan Mini Vanilla Marshmallows) and toothpick version of dango (団子), or Japanese sweet rice balls I've often seen served on skewers.

What better way to start your day than with a Kawaii breakfast? Give it a try, I'll bet it'll put a smile on your face!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Seattle Art Museum


Our adventure this week: Seattle Art Museum.


Honestly, I didn't know how this would go. The last time I took my kids to SAM, they were pretty small and they totally didn't get it. And I mean totally. As in two whiny children who were stir-crazy to leave and wouldn't let me enjoy a single moment to escape into artistic bliss. So it took me awhile to heal from my failed attempt. A long time. But when I found out the museum had an exhibit featuring some of Impressionism's most celebrated artists passing through, I decided it was time to give it another try. I'm so glad I did! This time, to my utter amazement, my kids were ready to escape into artistic bliss themselves.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Breakfast, Pac-Man Style


We love video games in this house. We play everything from the original "Super Mario Bros." to "Ori and the Blind Forest." The other day, I chuckled to myself a little when my daughter proclaimed that the 80's were the "Golden Age" of gaming. And when I think of games like "Pac-Man," I have to agree.

So today I present my ode to "Pac-Man" in vegan, gluten-free breakfast form. Van's Totally Original Gluten Free Waffles worked well for my Pac-Man. Nature's Path Gorilla Munch Cereal were perfect as little Pac-Dots, while cantaloupe balls replaced the game's Power Pellets. Blinky the Ghost made berry special appearance.

I swear, I could almost hear Pac-Man's "waka waka" sound coming from my kids as they devoured their breakfast.

Ok, maybe not, but we all had fun nevertheless :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Wings

Another year has flown by!

Here's to a creativity-filled 2016!