Friday, October 8, 2010


Totally fighting the urge to go back to bed...the wind was howling last night, and Rob was working later than usual, so I had a bad case of  "omg, what's that noise?" I know I saw 3 a.m., and then I saw 5:15 when Rob finally got 6:30 was not my friend. And it doesn't look like 10 a.m. feels kindly either! Rob has an extra day off this weekend for Thanksgiving, so I hope to learn a bit more about camera handling and photo editing. Well, camera handling at least!

Connor has had provincial assessment tests every day this week (grade 6 literacy) so you can imagine the fun & joy that has brought into our lives. He's had several meltdowns at school, which I am oddly pleased about. Normally he saves all his stress for home, and behaves well at school (except for crying), but even though it's obvious to everyone that his outbursts at home are from stress at school, that's not what the 'powers that be' think. The more times we can document that he is not handling the lack of support well, the better. I am so very tired of reinventing the same damn wheel every school year - they've had virtually no support other than having aides, and to struggle to keep that seems like an extra kick in the rear.

Riley has been getting more anxious about following time schedules, to the point that he's packing Connor's lunch for him in the morning, and getting his bookbag ready. A few mornings this week he even picked out Connor's clothes to speed him up! It's driving Connor a little nuts being "bossed around," but just maybe he'll finally get the hint that it really bothers Riley to feel rushed in the morning. I don't hold out too much hope - Connor follows far too much in my footsteps as far as 'flexible time' goes.

Supplies: paper from Basic Grey, Scarlet's Letter;
stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms, Inkadinkado, Basic Grey;
ink: Ranger distress ink, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint
Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart
The large butterfly was created by enlarging a clip art butterfly & printing it out on cardstock, then cutting it out to create a negative mask. I used a sponge to colour in the 'sky' and grass, and then used the Peeled Paint ink to stamp the grass, flowers, and sentiment. Then I cut out the whole butterfly, and mounted it on the card which had been stamped with the grass in Wild Honey. The butterfly is punched out of the same piece of patterned paper, and the edges sponged with Wild Honey. This is a messy fingers card for sure :)

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