July was a busy month. Swim is done for my youngest. It was very intense and we’re glad to be done with it but we will probably join a less rigorous swim team during the school year. School starts for my youngest this coming Monday. She’ll be in 5th grade, the last grade in grade school where we live, then she’ll start 6th grade in middle school. When I think about it, I get teary-eyed, so I try not to let myself get too deep into thoughts about it.
My oldest will be starting 10th grade in a week. She loves POMs. If you don’t know what POMs is, it’s a competitive sport where they compete their skills with other high schools. The best go to national every year to compete for first place. But, they also do volunteering and fundraise, and attend and cheer at all the varsity football games, other varsity games, and some junior varsity games. Although she loves POMs, a part of her misses dance. A few weeks ago she was so sad that she cried her eyes out begging to take a lyrical class with the dance studio. So, husband and I signed her up and now she’s happy as can be. She loves to dance. There are so many facets of dance and some of them she doesn’t like or want to deal with, but dance, mostly just lyrical, she’s passionate about.
On the 3rd of this month, husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary. We had lunch and then in the evening, went to see the movie, Valerian. In between, we took our youngest to school for registration and to meet her 5th grade teacher, and took our oldest to gynmastics (required for POMs).
Anyway, enough jabbering. Here are my top 3 epic songs I’ve been listening to so far.
Earlier this month my girls performed their last dance recital. They’ve moved on to other activities as mentioned in a previous post. This was a bittersweet performance not only because my daughters won’t be dancing anymore (my oldest just loves ballet and lyrical), but also because a girl at the dance studio committed suicide and it came as a shock to everyone. She was only fourteen years old. She was a beautiful girl with a kind heart. It’s heartbreaking that no one saw her internal pain. My oldest daughter was a good friend to her and she is having a hard time dealing with the loss. The last group photo (the 9th photo) below of my oldest daughter and the other dancers was a tribute dance to the girl.
These are photos from rehearsal since we’re not allowed to take photos on the actual day of performance.
I’ve been reading and writing and just haven’t been able to post a lot. I’ve also decided to return to college to finish my master’s degree. I only have 7 classes left so I figured I might as well go for it. I’ve also begun to edit other writer’s work because that’s what I’d like to focus on doing while in the process of completing my novel.
Anyhow, life’s been busy with the kid’s school and after school activities so there hasn’t been much time to post. I just did a photo session of my niece early this week so I’ll be doing post production on those photos in the next few days. I was able to slip some watercolor + mixed media in my painting journal. Drawing and coloring (painting, etc.) have always been a stress reliever for me + music. This piece was done yesterday using watercolor and charcoal.
This morning, I found this beautiful piano piece and I think it kind of matches the portrait’s expression.
“Unbreakable” by Josh Kramer (emotional epic piano)
The kids are on spring break so I get a break from driving everywhere. With this little down time, I’m able to do a ton of stuff: write, draw, write, spend time on FB writing groups, etc. It’s nice. I’m also reading a book that I’m almost done with and getting ready to review.
A few song favorites that I have on rotation:
“Wayfarer” by Clau M
“About Me and You” by Clau M
“Where Is My Place In This World” by Soundmopi
“A Boy and His Cat” by Kari Sigurosson
Practicing on some quick portrait sketches. Wish I had more than just 5 Copic markers. I’m really loving them but I just can’t fathom shelling out the money for them as a hobbyist. As you can see, I can only really color one girl with the Copics. I want to give the elf queen in the top left grayish white hair, the girl in the bottom left red hair, and the girl on the bottom right jet black hair.
Yesterday, husband and I went to see Hillsong United in concert. It was unbelievably spectacular! I had been wanting to see them live for so long so when the opportunity came I made sure to get tickets early. We sat far up but it was because I wanted to just see the whole thing from above. This was an amazing experience because this group of singers were more geared toward rock yet it had that underlying Hillsong-ness to it. All the singers had beautiful and powerful voices that touched deep within my soul. And, the music…perfection.
The opening singer was the very talented Lauren Daigle. The funny thing is, within the last couple of weeks, I had been listening to Lauren’s music on YT. I had no idea who she was or that she was even opening for Hillsong. So, when she came out on stage and started singing, instantly I knew who she was. Her voice is so unique that you can’t miss it. You know it’s her. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears that I was actually seeing her sing live. I was wiping tears just out of pure joy of this little surprise.
In the photo is Lauren singing one of her songs.
Here’s a song that she sang called, “Trust in You.” Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to hear this song live.
If you celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great one. I always enjoy going over my mom’s house to see my parents and siblings and to catch up on life. A lot of times, the siblings and I like to talk and debate about politics and entertainment, and at times things can get a little heated, but we’re siblings so we always forgive each other, and accept each other for what we believe. What I find funny is that each of us still call our parents, “my mom,” or “my dad,” even when we are together as if we each had our own parents.
Mother’s Day at home with my husband and kids was really sweet. My youngest made a special gift for me at school and was so good about keeping it a secret that even when I tried to pry it out of her, she wouldn’t admit it. Husband got me a very special gift: a Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset. I had wanted one for a very long time, just a simple one, but he went the extra mile and got a bluetooth!
This headpset is really amazing. The sound quality is clean and crisp and the bass is really nice. I’ve been listening to Danny Rayel with the headset and the music sounds even more beautiful. Here’s a few of my favorites from Danny:
Travel With Me
I tend to listen to epic and trailer music when I’m painting in Photoshop or when I’m writing. Goals is to have a writing blog but I’m still waiting for courage to put my writing up. It will happen soon, I hope. Anyway, for about two weeks now I’ve been working on a concept environment painting I’m calling, “Turtle Land”. I’m hoping to share more of my progress on my Fairytale and Fantasy Art blog, but here’s an image of where I’m at currently.