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First little woodworking project.

November 19, 2013

Not a big deal. Just a magazine rack. But am still pleased with the result.

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School Pix 2013

November 16, 2013

It’s that time o’ year again…


Tourists in our own town

November 12, 2013

Took advantage of the long weekend to spend a night and a couple days downtown, running around seeing Chicago.

Was a brisk fall day.

The boys at the Water Tower.

Cormac wants to be a policeman, so was excited
to meet these guys.

Top of the Hancock.

Cormac taking in the view at the top of the Hancock.

Was a beautiful time to be up there.
Our house is over there somewhere.

Picture of mommy and daddy by Cormac.

Finn hanging on for dear life at the top of the Hancock.

Finn striking a pose in front of a cool shop on Michigan Ave.

Here we are reflected in the Bean.

This show of “Arms and Armor” was how we enticed the boys to the Art Institute.

The boys liked the miniature rooms. This one of “1940s California” was my fave.

We did see some paintings. This is a fave of mine.

We did see some paintings. This is a fave of mine.

Mommy, Cormac, and Finn pause to take a load off
at the Art Institute.

Lego Record Store

November 7, 2013

So good. Made by Ryan Howerter.


Cormac’s Birthday

November 2, 2013

Yet another party at Chuck E. Cheese. This time for Cormac’s 5th…


Make a wish.


The Big Number 5






Air Guitar: Metal Riffs


Air Guitar: Solo


Ticket blaster


Ticket blaster


Corm’s a big winner.


TJ’s a big winner.


With the new, hipper Chuck.


Driving around with his friends.




Rock Star Status


Frosting tongue.


Took a lot outta him.

A Star Wars Kinda Halloween

October 31, 2013

This year it’s Clone Trooper and The Littlest Jedi…

Field Trip

October 29, 2013
Gym teacher warming up the crowd.

Gym teacher warming up the crowd.

“One boys’ line! One girls’ line!”

“One boys’ line! One girls’ line!”

Kinda excited.

Kinda excited.

Boys on the bus.

Boys on the bus.

Heading in.

Heading in.

My credentials.

My credentials.

The play.

The play.



Post lunch game of “Who Can Jump the Highest?”

Post lunch game of “Who Can Jump the Highest?”

Group shot.

Group shot.

Annual Trip to Goebbert’s

October 21, 2013

Made our yearly family trek out to the Goeb’s to pick out pumpkins and generally mess around in a farm-themed setting. Several new attractions this year, including the ability to completely bury ones self in corn (or almost completely, as shown.)

“Sign Painters” Documentary

September 27, 2013

Looks like this will be a great visual essay on the craft. Hope it doesn’t dwell too much on “darn technology ruined it for everyone.” Either way, looking forward to seeing it.

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Via the Loyola blog.

Finn’s Character Design Notebook

September 7, 2013

Finally finished my birthday present for Finn. A custom sketchbook for all the guys he creates–heroes, robots, etc. “Finn’s Character Design Notebook.”



Here’s the inside. Attributes on the left, a gridded drawing area on the right.