I haven't been very active on the blog lately, but did complete some Inktober (but, of course not the whole challenge because, well, life.)

I'm not sure why these never made it to the blog.  Here is my Inktober roundup.

Inktober 2016 Day 2
Day 2, just doodling about the Occupational Therapy exercises that I'm doing with my young man.
Inktober 2016 Day 3
Day 3, not following themes at this point, just doodling some girls
Inktober 2016 Day 4
Day 4 - A flowy floral wreath
Inktober 2016 Day 8
Day 8 - Trying out a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 9
Day 9 - A's with a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 13
Day 13 - All sorts of ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 14
Day 14 - More ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 16
Day 16 - Went on theme for this one. Wet. (Not sure why I said it was Day 4?)
Inktober 2016 Day 17
Day 17 - Battle. This is my son's 'Team' at school, called The Catastrophe Crew.
Inktober 2016 Day 18
Day 18 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this one!
Inktober 2016 Day 19
Day 19 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this either...yet!
Inktober 2016 Day 20
Day 20 - Squeeze. Clara's hugs always come with an extra special squeeze
Inktober 2016 Day 21-22-23
Days 21, 22, and 23 - A few days wrapped into one (a cheat, yes, I know!) Big, Little, and Slow respectively
Inktober 2016 Day 24
Day 24 - Getting Hallowe'en-y now. One Dozen eyes
Inktober 2016 Day 25
Day 25 - My last one before life got in the way. Tired. Dead Tired

 

On my wish list as a kid was to fly in a hot air balloon.  I've been bungee jumping, skydiving, and piloted an ultralight plane, but no hot air balloon yet!
Maybe one day these two kiddos will join me. For now, though, I'll have to be content with making up Doodles and Stories for them about high flying adventures.

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Back to school is on Tuesday and my little man is entering Senior Kindergarten.  I could use a lot more lazy summer days, and to tell the truth, I'm sending him off with a trepid heart.  I'd like to wrap him in bubble wrap and keep him safe from all the challenges, both emotional and physical, that school can offer.  But, I'll keep a brave face, trust that he'll find his way, and focus on pinning cool back to school lunch ideas.

 

 

 

Coloured line drawing of man and woman embracing
William saw this drawing and asked if it was Mom and Dad on their wedding day, which I thought was sweet.

I'm working on a little comic.  If the stars align, I'm hoping to finish it by midweek.

Comic of Mother being pleasantly surprised with a gift of her children for Mothers Day

This Mother's Day, I asked my hubby for a little bit of time to myself. I love my kids, but when Motherhood is a full time job, the occasional break is nice.  So, my wonderful husband took the kids to his parent's house for the night and part of today to give me a Mother's Day break. But all last night, I couldn't help but think about my babies, so I quickly did this comic. I loved sleeping in until noon (NOON!) today, and I can't wait to see my babies 🙂

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I am listening to a song on repeat, again and again.  I love this song!  Precious Love by James Morrison.  Here's a great video version, Live at Lightning 100 Studio.

ps. Check out the last scene in Schitt's Creek season final "Happy Anniversary" to see Eugene Levy "Raising the Roof" to this song.  It will make your day!

 

 

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I am finally working on a new comic. Happy Spring Everyone!

 

Simple Watercolour drawing of  childen on a rollercoaster

I came across this little drawing while I was sorting through some old pictures.  I had made it for my nephew's 3rd birthday.   He was enthralled with "Lollicoasters" at the time.  Now that little 3 year old is a big kid and likes Minecraft and Soccer.

 

 

 

 

Rare Disease Awareness emblem for Clara and M-CM Syndrome

Today is Rare Disease Day, which is a day meant to spread awareness about rare diseases.  My daughter Clara has M-CM (aka MCAP) Syndrome, which stands for Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome. M-CM is very, very rare, and not a lot is understood about the syndrome.  There are only around 200 people diagnosed with it worldwide.  M-CM causes body and head overgrowth and abnormalities of the skin, vascular system, brain and limbs.  We know that M-CM is a spectrum, so some children have only a few issues and some children are affected with more serious neurological symptoms, delays, and/or health problems. The children we've met online are beautiful, brave, and very strong.

M-CM is the reason for most of the health concerns Clara has had in her young life, such as: her heart conditions (PDA, ASD, Enlarged Heart, and Fetal Atrial Flutter), Pulmonary Hypertension, Macrocephaly, and her gross motor and speech delays. We have been very lucky that most of her issues are fixeable, maneagable, and/or mild so far.  We feel incredibly blessed to be followed by a number of medical experts at Sick Kids hospital, as well as Early Intervention, who all care so much about Clara.

As for Clara's future, we think it will likely take her longer to walk and talk, and she may have some ongoing health issues, she may even have some delays, but we feel that her future is still bright. She doesn't let anything stop her so far. We are so proud of Clara and love her with all our hearts!

Here are some links with more information:

M-CM Network - Some of the other online info about the syndrome is out of date and/or innacurate.  M-CM.net is run by Christy Collins, an M-CM Mom and advocate. M-CM.net provides the most accurate and up to date info about M-CM.

Rare Disease Day - is an initiative to raise awareness about all types of rare diseases (not just M-CM.)It

If you want to know more about M-CM Syndrome, feel free to contact me!

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Baby drawing on a box

Hand lettering! I've always admired hand lettering, but I thought it was difficult to do. Over the weekend, I fell into the rabbit hole of modern calligraphy tutorials on YouTube and it wasn't long before I was hooked. Clara's name above is written in 'fake calligraphy', and I've tried brush calligraphy with my watercolours as well. It's not as hard as it looks, and if you are decent at handwriting, you'll be able to accomplish a similar look, I promise!

If you want to learn how to do hand lettering or watercolour calligraphy, you might want to check out this video by Dawn Nicole, or this video by Beauty and Lifestyle vlogger Carter Sams.