Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mothers Day, Spoons, and Commandeered Sandwiches

Mothers Day was last weekend. We tried to get a couple of snapshots, but Chris was recovering from the same stomach bug that went through us all last week. Therefore, we're lucky we got this Mothers Day picture.

And as usual, don't let that face fool you. The fact that it's Mothers Day means nothing to a 2 1/2 year old. Trying to get through dinner that evening was "interesting".  I believe the word I've used to describe X-man's behavior as of late is "Turdwagon". 

However, you wouldn't know from this shot of him with the chocolately goodness that was the most amazing cupcakes I've ever had! 

A little bit of the Mothers Day 'attitude' from earlier that day!

And while we're on the subject of Mothers Day, here is the scanned artwork of the Mothers Day present that was commissioned by a return customer. It has the grand-kids listed and some of the grandmother's favorite things such as roosters, lilies of the valley, and lilacs. 

I threw a couple owls in there because the customer (the grandmother's daughter in law) loves owls. I will use this artwork as the example for a separate custom art listing on my shop for Mother/Grandmother gifts. Hopefully that'll bring in more traffic for this kind of custom piece! 

Fathers Day custom piece, anyone?

I know I left off my last entry without finishing the part about Christian's art show and my birthday.  I will get to that, but I have to get to the spoon part. Monday night, Alexander showed off his spoon talent. The smile is priceless. There is a video, but that'll have to wait as there are more technical difficulties.
May 2013 - Age 2 1/2
And Chris took it a step further.  Back story: In 2007, on the way to drop Chris off in Vegas for business and then Mikelle, Christian and I were to head on to Cedar City Utah to visit a friend and meet up with my mom and sister, we had lunch in Seligman (along Route 66) at the Roadkill Cafe! That is where the picture of Chris and Christian (then age 3) with the spoons was taken. 

Monday's Alexander spoon shot has been added. This is the desktop image on Chris's computer at work. 

The June 2007 Spoon Pic with Alexander Photoshopped in to join the fun!

Incidentally, while at the Roadkill Cafe, there were quite a few French tourists sitting nearby. We locals looked looney.

Anyway, back to present day. Well, sort of. Here is Christian showing his artwork at the school's art show almost 2 weeks ago.
One of the attempts to get Christian to enthusiastically point at his artwork.

The photo booth! Cool concept!
As shown in the previous entry, Christian and I in the photobooth.

 And a few days earlier...brothers doing what brothers do! I love my boys!

Okay, the birthday. There's some cute pictures of the kids, but I look like I added on about 25 extra birthdays. Anyway, it was on a Monday and we went to Joe's BBQ in Gilbert. I didn't know it, but Chris arranged for our friends' Bruce and Liz and Sholee and Tev to be there too! That was a neat surprise and was happy to see them. We didn't have cake at dinner (I wanted to grab an ice cream cake on teh way home and eat it later), so Bruce commandeered my sandwich with the candles. I really wanted to keep eating my sandwich.

I'm running into Technical Difficulties again with uploading pictures! I don't know what the deal is with this batch of pictures! We'll try again next time!

Friday, May 10, 2013

May Days

There have been quite a few custom orders in the last couple of weeks. As "teased" in my previous entry, these two are from the return customer who lives Toronto. I hope they enjoy them!

This one below is a Mothers Day gift from a return customer in Mississippi! I do have the scan, but I just sent it out to her, so I'll wait to include the full scan, though the snapshot isn't exactly obstructing much!  It's for the grandmother and it includes the grandchildrens' names on there. What a special gift! I just may make a separate listing on Etsy for something like that!

And this one below (with the clock inside the moon), has a special story behind it. I am truly honored I was part of this gift, but at the same time I'm really nervous and hoped I captured it the way they were hoping!  This was for a lady whose birthday was earlier this month -she was adopted and the adoption was closed so she never knew anything about her birth. Only recently was she was granted info about the time of birth. Her friend wanted to rush order this and make sure the time of her birth was emphasized. I hope they liked it!
Some personal details have been blurred.

As for the fun on the home front, besides Alexander and I getting hit with a stomach bug this week, it's just been end of the school year stuff. 

This entry will focus mostly on Christian as his events that involved pictures seemed to hit one after another. (Mikelle has a Triple Threat/Crew performance coming up, so she'll get her spot light soon enough!...insert maniacal laugh!)

Today was Civil War Dress Up Day for Christian's class. He was one of four proud Lincolns!

Why aren't they smiling? Did anyone smile in those primitive 1860s pictures? Nope.
That's Christian on the far right next to who else? John Wilkes Booth!
The Big Cowboy in the picture is the parent of the Little Cowboy on the far left.
And this has both the Cowboy's parents!
An encore of the four Lincolns!
We did send Christian with a black blazer, but he said it was too big and didn't wear it. I wanted to do a beard for him, but yesterday was the day that I was out of commission with the stomach bug, so that beard just wasn't happening.

Going back in time, last night was Christian's performance for the "Recorder Karate". Let me tell you, if you're trying to recover from a stomach bug and your husband is still at work, going to the performance is quite the feat. However, someone I managed it, and even bugged Christian from the audience by trying to catch a glimpse of him before he ducked back behind the podium. Too bad I didn't have my ultra-zoom lens!

 And going back in time even further, was Christian's art show! They had a fun "photo booth" set up there, so we had to have our fun with that! Plus, that big mouth covers the part of my face that I'm mostly self conscious about! Sweet!
Well, due to technical difficulties with uploading photos, the rest of the art show pictures will have to wait until the next entry. That's okay, I have to go back in time to earlier that week for when we all went out with some friends for my birthday, so it will fit in nicely. 

Until then...toodles!