The last two years we have enjoyed store-bought costumes, as John & James have chosen superheros or transformers. I have to say, the break was good. But this year, I opted out of the October Game, which left a bit of creative free time, and we did a family Star Wars theme.
Once I had the boys talked out of being Jedis, it was fun to make some of the minor characters from the Star Wars universe.
The Tuskan Raider was a last-minute addition for Daddy, and it turned out to be my favorite - probably because I made it from scraps and trash.
Painted Super Sculpey, a stuffing box, an old hat and scraps of fabric from the boys' costumes.
Here's a better look of the mask on John:
Unburdened by dress codes and undisturbed by peer pressure, homeschooling families can easily lose track of the whole concept of "appropriate attire." In a world where you must choose your battles, the fight against mismatched socks can feel rather absurd.
This Halloween you may want to take a moment before complimenting a costume, as the child may not actually be wearing one. My child, for example, can not be seen not wearing his hand-painted arc reactor shirt in any situation because it is apparently part of his identity. Please just "go with it" and don't ask how it gets washed.
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To be fair, I did enjoy that meal.
These are some Library/Construction drawings I did for my friend Suzy to celebrate Reading Week while her school library is under construction.
If for some reason, you also need some library construction clip art, feel free to use it, or share it for any non-commercial purpose.
The Art of Jill Lorraine Turpin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
So, yeah, this happened last week. I should probably clean out the van.
(photoshop & after effects)
They can fight about really anything at all.
This is what I do on my phone while waiting for the baby to fall asleep.
I may have counted this as our "homeschool science lesson" of the day.
John shows Jill a red spot on his arm.
John: Mom, look!
Jill: Looks like a mosquito bite.
John: No, it's not.
Jill: No, you're probably right. It's probably not a mosquito at all but a tiny alien ship sent to harvest DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, (the blueprints of life in the cells of your body) to take back to its home planet to study.
John: It itches.
Jill: It's probably a mosquito bite.
I made five of the fire trucks from the book into some coloring pages for the boys - feel free to print them out! Check back if you like these - I'm going to do some more soon.Fire Truck Coloring Pages - 1
And if you LOVE fire trucks (and why wouldn't you?) and wish you had your OWN to drive around, download my free e-book pdf:
Quick colored pencil drawing for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day!
Here's a little yellow truck I did last week - ink and watercolor. I can't seem to get out of fire truck mode after finally finishing My Very Own Fire Truck.
Idea courtesy of the Bomgardners; transcript of a six minute recording of James while I was trying to drink a cup of coffee. Let's hope I never actually have to face the all-monster-monster, I wasn't really paying enough attention to know what to do..
My friend Suzy and I are living nearly the same life, yet our kids have never met. For one brief playdate this week, parallel worlds converged, and an epic game of battleship commenced. ("Epic" for 6 & 7 year-olds means they gave up after 15 min and headed for the trampoline outside.)
Suzy and her husband Tim are two of my favorite people in the world. Besides being creative and talented and fun, from the very beginning of my posting art and comics they have been there, engaged and encouraging. I'm not exaggerating when I say that without them, I very likely would have stopped. The internet can be a very lonely place
It is difficult to continue with a "hobby" that take so much time and energy while everyone (including yourself) expects validation. Are you ever going to make money from it? Where are you really going with it? What exactly is the point? Seriously, if you have creative people in your life, a very little bit of support goes a long way.
So, you know how some people can't pee if they are in a public restroom? I'm not sure I remember how to do anything at all without an audience.
Jill is taking a shower, with a smile on her face. She reaches for the towel. When she pulls back the curtain, all the kids are standing there watching her.
Jill: can you hand me my bathrobe, please?
James: sure , mom! Don't worry! We'll always be there for you!
And we did. It was awesome.
So, um, baby cute is eight months old tomorrow, which means I'm a little behind with the comic. I have been working very hard on a few projects, one of which is going to be completed soon. I'm planning to release my first (and thus far, only) children's book as a pdf, free to download. It's a project that actually predates the comic, and I've decided to share it basically as-is. So, follow me somewhere for updates.
Jill is holding baby cute examining something.
Jill: Hey, look!Baby cute's umbilical cord fell off!
John: (with a digusted expression) Ewwww... Can we save it and look at it under the microscope?
Jill: (equally disgusted) Yes. Yes, we can.