Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DANIELLE DONALDSON "all creatures lovely and small": Squares & Sketches

I was so happy when March rolled around and an email popped up with a message stating Danielle Donaldson's class was up and ready a day early....
YES!!!  And boy did I jump right in...starting with the squares...



then switched to hexagons...


fit in a little sketching during a meeting ....notes always look better with doodles
:)

Someone posted this image on FB of an animal posse....and I love it.
I plan on sketching it and can't wait to see how it turns out.
The next weekend I went to B&N to seek some inspiration...and did the dirty to make sure someone else discovers Danielle's talent.
After Easter service, I plotted out some animal sketches to watercolor in my journaling Bible.
And then finally worked on making my animals small...sometimes it isn't always about the size ;)
I also added a 1 year in Heaven bday tribute to my Barkley. (He would have been 8 hence the number on his hat :) Miss him so!!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

WHAT A DAY!: Birthday, Baptism, & Easter Blessings

IT'S EASTER WEEKEND...AND TONY'S 44TH BIRTHDAY!!

Tony came up on a Thursday evening, and we started his celebrations on Good Friday...
with an appointment with a sports therapist/chiropractor/back specialist

And then Mr. Hangry showed up and we went to Cowfish Sushi for a late lunch.
Although not liking his hamburger too much, he was utterly shocked and happy with his birthday dessert and song "It's our Birthday song, it doesn't last too long."


And last but not least, another movie of his picking...and not a good one...we both about fell asleep at the beginning, plus it was way to crowded to enjoy a movie.

SATURDAY arrived with the doorbell ringing with a fun gift from my parents.
and flowers from my parents...
 
and the sweetest card from Tony (he totally gets my artsy self)
 
And the start of me trying to bake my first birthday cake...pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting.
(And finding time to take a nap.)
The evening arrived and the cookout began. (the cookout may needed to last a little longer on some meats = chicken was a bit raw, so the oven was needed.)
with lots of sides...and another first of making deviled eggs.

 
Before dinner was over, another packaged arrived with an email to go along with it
 
 
....creating lots of tears of being grateful for being together and tears of missing ones not with us today to celebrate.
 
And then to lighten things up, we dyed Easter eggs....and let's just say, I spent a bit more than the 3 minutes Tony did on his eggs. 





IT' S RESURRECTION DAY!
IT'S EASTER SUNDAY!
IT'S TONY'S 44TH BIRTHDAY!
IT'S BAPTISM DAY!
(and we were up at 7 am to prepare)

Pastor Larry was probably a perfect fit to baptize Tony, such a sweet charismatic funny guy.
 
 
 
 
 
This little girl is 8 years old and was baptized by her father.  I think she didn't know what to expect as her legs sprung straight up when she went under, but she came through smiling.
Such a sweet moment to share with together. 
 
The church members graciously congratulated Tony & I; plus one elder lady told Tony..."I know you are not trying to steal my birthday from me."  Such a cute moment.
After changing, we came back out and met the head Pastor Kelvin.  Such a great soul and loving man.  We definitely found the right "home" for us to grow.
And then the celebration concluded at O'Charley's for brunch (and free cherry pie for his bday).  Tony was such a celebrity that day, he was getting recognized everywhere.
We got home, and crashed.  I think I napped for 3 hours.  Then before Tony left, candles were blown out and gifts were opened after searching for them via an indoor egg hunt.

 
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!
 
p.s.  Thanks Gail for video recording this awesome memory for us!!
 
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