Archive for October, 2012

31 October 2012 Neighborhood Trick-or-Treat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

We had quite the entourage at one point. And yes, the kids really are that blurry, all the time.

30 October 2012 AC Gets into the Halloween Spirit

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

29 October 2012 Hurricane Sandy Begins

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Steady rain today, not much wind– so far Sandy has not been so bad to our part of Virginia. Knock wood…

28 October 2012 Ready for the Hurricane

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Kitsy is ready for the Hurricane-Nor-easter-Frankenstorm thing that is headed our way. Hopefully the tooth fairy can handle strong winds because we need her to make a stop at our house tonight!

27 October 2012 Downtown Mall Halloween

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Mr. Spock seems unimpressed with the alien life forms he encountered on the downtown mall today.

26 October 2012 Corn Maze

Friday, October 26th, 2012

21 acres of corn. We’re lucky we made it out!

25 October 2012 He Likes the Leaf Pile, Too

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

24 October 2012 The Leaf Pile Begins

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

23 October 2012 Balloon over Greenleaf Park

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Briefly thought about organizing our bodies into a message that the balloon riders could read from the sky, but hey, we park-goers are just too lazy.

22 October 2012 Aaaaaaa hhhhhh Run Now

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Today we did the old baking-soda-vinegar-volcano project. Always a big hit, but Sam’s favorite part by far was drawing the villagers screaming and running away from the lava flow.

21 October 2012 New Use for the Clothesline

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

20 October 2012 SCBWI Conference

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

I spent nearly all day in this room and only toward the end did my brain reach saturation. Great conference. Favorite quotes, presented entirely out of context and so they will be meaningless to just about everyone who reads this blog, but oh well: “Nearly everything is art, but not everything is interesting.” –Daniel Nayeri […]

19 October 2012 Hotel Turn-down Service

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Molly and No-name doll (notice– she has eyes now!) get all tucked into the hotel hours before any of us got to sleep. We came up to Dulles, VA outside Washington DC for the annual Mid-Atlantic region of the Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators conference tomorrow. The plan is for me to learn […]

18 October 2012 Work in Progress

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Sam is sewing a rag doll of her own invention, with a little help from me. She’s been reading about children’s lives in colonial America and she wants to do everything girls did back then. Sewing was top on her list. Apparently candle-making is next. “What do we need for candle-making?” I asked. “Tallow,” Sam […]

17 October 2012 Taking Halloween Seriously

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

16 October 2012 Road Test

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

15 October 2012 Practice

Monday, October 15th, 2012

14 October 2012 Mulch

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Had a hard time dragging Sam away from her friends (and the mulch pile) this afternoon.

13 October 2012 High Bridge

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Let me tell you, that is one high bridge! 2400 feet long and 125 feet high above the Appomattox River. We rode bikes about 7 or 8 miles along the High Bridge State Park rail trail from Farmville to Rice.

12 October 2012 Fan Mountain Observatory, Take 3

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Third time’s the charm! The first time we got tickets to UVa’s Fan Mountain Observatory public night, it snowed. We had a tour of the facilities, but no chance to look through the 40 inch telescope. The second time it was clear skies, but we were stupid. We rolled up the mountain around 9PM, just […]