What we've been up to lately

Oh this last month and the last have been crazy...not just with sickness, but also with just having so much to do, so many places to go! 

All of the month of December, our family went through some sort of awful sick bug. I don't know what it was, but we had tests done and it wasn't the flu.    It caused everyone to go through a lot of lung congestion, sinus pain and pressure, ear infections, fevers and chills, and Ian even came down with a little bit of pneumonia (which didn't last long, due to the antibiotics he got before it got too bad).    And of course, as I posted in my previous blog post, Annah ended up with a seizure, which scared us pretty badly!  We weren't really sick all year (save for some minor one or two day colds) until December came around.

Fortunately, everyone is feeling 100 percent better now....and I'm just so thankful to be over that mess.   Whatever it is, it seems like it was EVERYWHERE.  My facebook page was continually flooded with different people from around America talking about their different experiences with the flu, strep throat, pneumonia, you name it.  2012 was a really bad year for sickness!

Anyway, after that was all over, I was able to begin some projects -  I  have had so many orders coming in , I wasn't sure if I would have time to finish them all...and I had to postpone some of them till later.

Here are just a few of the things I did in December- January (there is one big one I want to post about, but can't until after Feb 6!):

These I got done just in the nick of time before Christmas- it was a gift for a friend...all of her grandsons. : )

I will be doing four portraits of this man. 

This one was a commission I succeeded in getting done in time for Christmas!

Commissioned portrait of a cute little boy: 

Below are three pictures of a mural I am currently working on.  It's in a pool hall...Minnesota fats vs dogs playing pool.

When I walked away from this painting for a moment, Annah picked up the paintbrush and helped me. lol  My little budding artist!

Here is another angle of this one, when it was getting closer to being finished.   I still have work to do!

This is an ornament I painted in December:

A commissioned painting of a man with ducks.

A commissioned baby portrait:

In the pool hall, where I am painting the mural mentioned above, I was also commissioned to paint the words "6 Pockets" on 22 different lights, in calligraphic font -back and front- along with numbering them 1-22. 
It was time consuming but it was a great job to get.

I drew this for a friend of mine who unfortunately lost her husband to cancer a couple of weeks ago:

There are more, but hopefully this will explain why I barely ever post on my blog anymore! It's just so hard to find the time, with homeschooling and doing all of these projects too.

I hope that everyone has had a great January so far!   I can't believe it's almost February- the time just flies too fast!  I am already in my second trimester of pregnancy.   The next baby will be walking around with the other kids before I know it! 


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  • 1/30/2013 1:51 PM Bethany wrote:
    You know, January tends to be a really dreary month, that drags. I'm generally not a fan of being busy, but having a lot to do does seems to make January go by faster. Glad everyone is feeling better, and hope your pregnancy continues to go well!

    Bethany @ OurSoCalledLife
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    1. 1/30/2013 1:56 PM Bethany wrote:
      Thank you so much for the well wishes! Yes, I would rather orders came more steadily instead of all at once. Seems like the Christmas season is when I start getting chaotic, then it starts being normal again by February!

      I hope you are having a great day, Bethany!!
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  • 1/30/2013 2:34 PM Maleesa wrote:
    Your so talented.They are all great!
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    1. 1/30/2013 4:21 PM Bethany wrote:
      Thank you, Maleesa!
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