Thursday, February 27, 2014

It is here....

Another competition, not just any competition, but the Governor's Art Competition. To be honest, our crazy winter has set us so far back that we just aren't ready for it. I don't have nearly the quantity of work I normally do. But I have some fantastic student pieces that I am taking on Saturday. These kids always amaze me with what they can do! Tonight will be filled with me typing and editing lists and starting to panic that I don't have one more dress stand that I really need still. and I am short on cardboard. But that just means I will be dumpster diving in the morning and headed to home depot tonight. Until then, here is a picture of two pieces, the rest will come on Saturday:)

Monday, February 3, 2014

SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE!! (warning-pic heavy)

Being Pinned
Oh my GOODNESS!!!! These past few weeks have been crazy! After experiencing the Polar Vortex with temperatures at -15 actual and -36 windchill, seeing ice columns and witnessing snow rollers and an amazing 4 days of cancellations in a row due to weather.... I was more than a little excited to head to Ft. Rucker, Alabama, to watch my oldest nephew graduate as a Warrant Officer in the Army. Unfortunately, the weather followed us there and a trip that should have been a 12 hour drive turned into almost 21 hours of driving! And although our travel was extended the ceremony was also delayed and we were still there in time for the pinning. I can not tell you what an honor it was to be there and see the man he has become. He will begin aviation school in the Army very soon. It was also a bonus to get to spend a little time with my family.

Sunrise over the Lake
I was also lucky enough to sneak in a sunrise or two which was right off the back of our cabin where we stayed. And on the second sunrise, sipping coffee with my sister, wrapped up in a fleece blanket braving 29 degree temps, checking my email and feeling a little like Monet must have as he watched the colors change through the day, I discovered that  my project on DONOR'S CHOOSE was fully funded! I had been notified that I had more donations this week but fully funded!! WOW!!!

The Camera's from Donor's Choose
 A few months ago I requested funding for technology on Donor's Choose. I was requesting 2 digital cameras for my classroom for my students to use instead of their cell phones. We can use them every day! I am so grateful, excited, overwhelmed and ecstatic for my students to receive their new cameras! And today when I told them the good news they were pretty excited too! Even more excited that they arrived during the School day! I was notified on Friday that we were funded and we received them today-Monday!!And they couldn't have come at a more perfect time! Intro students are starting their trace monotype self portraits and Drawing students will be starting choice media self-portraits, photograph their work for their portfolios and start the independent photo montage project as well! Thank you to Donor's Choose and everyone who gave! I can't wait to share the great results of my students!!! I truly have so much to celebrate!!!!
My sister, our Officer and myself
My Husband and I
Receiving my company coin
King Wes
Our Men
My beautiful niece

My dad with one of the sculptures

My dad outside of the U.S. Army Aviation Museum
My Sister and Brother-in-Law