I hope you all had a lovely Monday without me. It was Saskatchewan Day here in the Skatch, so we celebrated Long Weekend Style... not that WE did much celebrating, beyond B-rad camping outside in the backyard with the boys. (I slept in my own bed, because i'm a delicate flower)
The boys' last day of school was June 30, and we left for California on July 2, so this was their real and true FIRST week of being home with 'nothing to doooooo' and all week long i heard the song of 'iiiii'm borrrrred'.... so, that's been fun. It's not like we aren't doing fun things like going to the park and to the pool - but going from having every moment of the day being filled with activities to suddenly having to entertain themselves for a large portion of the day has been quite a switch for them. We're coping. lol.
Okay, so back to the back half of the Trip!! it's IMAGE HEAVY - so hang in there. The Challenge is way at the bottom if you wanna skip the trip. ;)
We made it to the Moebius Conference in Long Beach, CA - and Artoo was so excited to see his favourite person Austin Halls! Austin is an awesome and amazing kid with Moebius Syndrome who is really setting an example for the little ones - Artoo just LOVES him. He may be his biggest fan - and Austin is also a singer and songwriter!! (if you click the link you'll be taken to his EP on iTunes, for which all the money goes to the Moebius Syndrome Foundation)
|Artoo and Austin!!|
We did. When i get the new one i'll show you all.
|My and my gal pal Kelsey!|
|Tim Smith - the man behind the Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome website|
and the Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
|Artoo haz a trophy and i haz the prouds|
And just like that it was Sunday and the conference was over and we were on our way back home....slowly... because we made a stop in Hollister, CA where my aunt lives and visited some very old trees.....
|It's a tree. A redwood.|
|that's a big clover|
|Pikachu and Chewie inside a hollow tree|
|Artoo and B-rad in the hollow of a tree|
|i heart this guy|
|that's a big tree|
|THAT is a tall tree... and that's my b-rad|
We made it back to Canada by way of Creston, B.C., which is where i grew up. I wanted to show my boys where i lived and went to school before i moved to Saskatoon.
|this is where i used to live.|
|hiking and picking wild flowers|
|ready to survive in the wilderness!|
|smiling by the stream|
|my wild flowers|
|Artoo and his trusty dog caught the Saskquatch|
|seriously. this. pie.|
The next day we did a 13 hour drive back home - it was long, but we were all anxious to sleep in our own beds.
|WE ARE HOME!|
PHEW! and that concludes the crazy photo bomb post. Thanks for hangin' in there...
It was 21 days on the road, 9 states (10 if you count going through Idaho twice), 3 provinces, 7164.2 km (4,451.63 miles) - Yellowstone Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas, Disneyland, California Adventure, SeaWorld, Legoland, Moebius Conference, Red Wood Forest, and Creston Valley BC, and we survived to tell the tale. And as B-rad said to me as we put our heads down onto our own pillows in our own bed that night: "Now, let's never do that again."
Back to regular life!
Weekly Challenge #278: "UMT - Knightstar by Daniel Lamothe, CZT"
Here we are, the first Monday (in today's case TUESDAY) of the month so that means Use My Tangle (UMT) where we try our hand at one of tangles that you've created.
Today's tangle was created by Daniel Lamothe called Knightstar - you can find the VIDEO here.
I like it because it's built off those line graphs from high school
|then draw a line connecting plot y1 to plot x1 - or something.|
i barely passed math.
A few things about my tile.... the next time i try knightstar i will make a LARGER grid to work in. it felt quite small and cramped, i should have made it bigger.
also - making my grid curvy added another element of tricky to the tangle.
i was super frustrated with this tile from the get-go - mainly because i struggle so much with the tan coloured tiles.
for the flux areas, i began colouring it in with my gel pens, but these tiles really suck up the ink so much i thought "i'll just switch to this sharpie paint pen!" which worked great, except the nib of the sharpie caused my tile to pill all over the place... when the paint was try i tried tangling over it with my Micron and killed my pen in the process... at about this point i was very tempted to throw the whole thing out, but instead used a posca paint pen in black to tangle over the white. That worked okay, but again caused the soft tile to pill.
BUT i didn't give up - and i kept at it... and i'm quite glad that i did because in the end i actually really like this tile now.
For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you! If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.
Have a great week!