Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Fragments: Facebook Family

My parents divorced and remarried when I was rather young so my siblings consist of full, half and even a step brother and sister. However, we have never used those designations. We are all just brothers and sisters. There are thirteen of us in all, six boys and seven girls. We are all scattered across the United States and have found Facebook a great way to keep in touch with each other and all the nieces and nephews.

#1 Frag
While working my part time job, I have to turn my phones off. It is understandable and generally no big deal. Well, last Thursday as I got off work at 10pm and turned my phone back on, it was to discover I had  missed four calls from Minnehaha County Jail!  Just then the phone rang and it was the jail again. A bit worried and confused I answered. The computerized voice tells me I have a call from, then there is a pause and a quiet Spanish accent says "Erica", then the computer says press five to accept. Of course I accepted all the time wondering why no one mentioned that Erica was in town. While at the same time wondering what the hell Kris (my son) had done to get her in trouble. You see my niece Erica is a lawyer who lives in Washington DC, so of course she shouldn't be in any jail let alone Minnehaha County jail which is in Sioux Falls, SD.
My son Kris who is the same age as Erica, lives in Sioux Falls so I assumed she must be visiting him. Which of course led me to wonder what he had done, as when they were in their teens he was the leader of most mischief.
When the call was patched through and I got to actually speak to 'Erica' and hear her voice clearly I realized much to my delight, it was not our Erica. Driving home from work I couldn't help but laugh at myself for the silly thoughts that had went through my mind before discovering the mix up. So when I got home I decided to share the experience with family on Facebook and tag my son and niece in the post. The results were actually quite funny as Kris wanted to know why it had to be him that got Erica in trouble, why not his younger brother, which of course started a long discussion between the three.
Have you ever been accused of stereotyping your own children?

My baby sister, the one who is the same age as my oldest son posted this on FB last week

I decided that as the oldest of seven sisters I should stand up for us all, so I created this fun response to her claim that we are crazier than she is.
I really haven't spent the last two weeks on Facebook. I did manage to get out and do a bit of exploring Rapid City's down town area, where I came across this fantastic ship in one of the antique shops.

The story behind this ship is amazing, here is a close up so you can read it for yourself. I can't believe they are asking so little for such an amazing piece of history and art.
Well that is it for my fragments. Be sure to stop over at Mrs. 4444's to check out what has been up with others in blogland.
Half-Past Kissin' Time

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Fragments

First off a big welcome back to Mrs. 4444 our host for Fragmented Friday's and a big thank you to Unknown Mami for taking care of us and the Fragmented Friday meme this summer. Now on to my fragments.

The last two weeks have gone by in a blur. I would love to say that I have been busy working on a masterpiece or taking beautiful portraits, but that would be far from the truth. It has been a time of adjusting to new routines. Here are a few highlights that were captured by the family.

Mr. & Mrs. G headed to Micheal's to pick up model paint for Mr. G's project and came home with this sign that Sissy found and said was SO our family. We all decided the perfect spot for it was under this Buddha that looks down on our dinning room.
Alright this is almost the worst photo of me but it shows how much I was missed my first full day (almost 10 hours) at my part time job. The kids and dog have gotten use to me working in our home based studio or being gone for a few hours to shoot at various locations, so they were very happy to have me home. It really is a good thing the 'training' period is over and I can now go to regular part time hours.
This weeks hall of shame: Can we say Minecraft addict! Yes in my down time over the last few weeks I have spent way too much time on Minecraft. This is a shot of my attempt at creating a Victorian mansion on the game. Mr. & Mrs. G and I are creating our own little town and so far we have our houses, a general store, a hardware store, a library, a nursery, and a farm with crops and animals. Oh and I can't forget we also have a clock tower and a pharmacy (potion) store.
A little abstract art I did this morning from a photo I took of one strand of my hair that fell out the other day. When I picked the hair off my shirt I noticed the rather odd kink in the otherwise straight shaft of hair and thought it would make an interesting focal point for an art piece. I would love to hear what you think of this piece.  It is not that often that I do abstract art, but with my mind all over the place I seem to be doing it more often.

So there you have it, now on to bigger and better things, on your way please be sure to click the button below and stop over to Mrs. 4444 for Fragmented Friday.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Friday, August 2, 2013

FF: Week at a glance

I have decided to combine my Week at a Glance with my Friday Fragments as they are pretty similar. As always click on any image to see a larger version.

Friday Fragments:

FF #1
Two Friday's ago Mr. G had to have an emergency appendectomy. He is feeling much better now.

FF #2
I have found a solution to two of my most pressing dilemmas. Dilemma number one, not enough net income. Dilemma number two: bored with my wardrobe. My solution: I am now working part time at DEB shops. YAY! clothes! YAY! a bit more money to feed my creative habits. :D

FF #3
My dear friend Jillian is coming in today from Sioux Falls for a visit. This photo of my youngest daughter and Jillian was taken the weekend of July 4th while we were visiting her.

Week at A Glance:

Summertime Snapshots:
I finally got around to posting some of my favorite snapshots from last week. You can see them Here and Here.

Inspirational Art:
This weeks I shared two inspirational art pieces, both were done as tributes to educators. They can be seen in this post.

Linking up with Fragmented Fridays over at Unknown Mami's, please hop over and share some blog love.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Inspirational Art: Tribute to Educators

I have always been grateful to the few teachers that saw me as more than just another poor kid. The ones who recognized that mental ability was not synonymous with wealth. 
Sure there were those OTHER teachers, you know the ones who thought their job was to weed out the jungle of poor children and focus only on the wealthy students. 
While the first inspired me to always challenge myself, the latter inspired me to prove them wrong. 

 Although they probably will not see this I would like to give a big shout out to:
  1. Mrs. Williams (my 3rd grade teacher)
  2. Mrs. H (My 5th grade teacher....her name is just too hard to spell let alone say)
  3. Mrs. Boxhold (my 6th grade teacher)
  4. Mr. Williams (my 7th grade math teacher)
  5. All my college professor's for each one was an inspiration and challenged me to be the best I could be.
This week I decided to create an inspirational design as a tribute to all the dedicated educators out there. 
 To the honored four and to all the fine educators I have known throughout the years or that may see this;
Thank you for your time, faith and dedication!

Please feel free to save these and pass them on digitally. If you should want or need a print copy they are available Here.