Well. We're still here. Numbers in California are going up. Not as bad as some states, but bad. And there are secret military type squads taking people from protests away in unmarked vans in Portland. It's just all insane. Why did this country have to become so nuts? It's really really terrible and only going to get worse for a while.
I started back on my political volunteer work text-banking (like phone banking, but you know, texting) with gusto over the last two weeks and have been asked to become a "trainee" which means I move up the volunteer ranks and get more feedback and will soon become a "pro" volunteer (oxymoron!). But I like doing it and it's easy to do from home in and around everything else. I work with Open Progress Text Troop. It's generally pretty easy, never dull and sometimes I get called "the Devil" so that's fun! But it's important to be doing this and to help with campaigns all over the country, local and state and national levels. We have to have a change. There must be change for the better.
LAUSD announced officially that school would be distance learning in the fall. We knew it would happen, but hearing it officially made me feel quite sad and disheartened. Mostly for Harper as she really misses the running around and super social parts of school.
The good news is, she's been able to do some small "in real life" fun things with friends on bikes, now that she knows how to ride. However, she did have that fall with the major road rash last week, as you saw, so she spent the week recovering from that. Once the bandages came off and she let it dry out, all was well. She even compared it to her popsicle one day. Um...cool?
So Art Camp came at the perfect time.
Each day started with a video that I had heard about on a podcast called "Parent Trapped". The video was a drawing class by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, an author and illustrator: "Draw Every Day with JJK" -- Highly recommend! Harper would do about two videos each day and we would also do some of the things together. She really got into it and I was impressed with her drawings.
I'm going post a bunch of her drawings as small images and you can click on any you might be curious about for a bigger image...
There were expression exercises:
Other facial expressions using a template that you draw ("balloon and X").
I had a collection of art / craft things to do around the house. One was to paint pine cones we had collected a while back. (The most random of my art projects!)
I kicked it old school with some Mod Podge, tissue paper (pre cut because nobody has energy for that) and empty jars.
Harper made a collage for Grace as a late birthday card. (I left this one un-cropped because I appreciate the realness of the mess in our dining room.)
We stuck tissue paper with contact paper to make stained glass windows.
She got to play video games and watch tv too. But I would always ask her to draw something from whatever she had done. And then she started just drawing things whenever. Which I love. Like broomball with Kurt.
There was hang out time.
After a round of minecraft (Kurt and Harper play) I asked for drawings of their characters.
We did a field trip on Friday. Went to pick raspberries and blackberries near Oxnard. Always nice to get out of the house and do something not ordinary.
And as it was still art camp, the assignment that afternoon was to draw the blackberries and raspberries. Both Harper and Kurt were given the assignment.
What to do with so many berries? Bake two items. A cold blackberry pie and a tray of blackberry/raspberry bars.
The bars are super yum. The pie, kinda odd, not enough gooey juice to cover all the blackberries, but it still tasted good!
I started a new workout/better eating routine. Starting is always the hardest part. Tuesday was day 3 and I wasn't super pleased with the company. Mostly I want to do my sweaty work alone and NOT HAVE AN AUDIENCE.
But I lost three pounds and kept on my program, so yay me. But what was my reward for a kick ass art camp and new workout routine? A stye in my eye. FFS. No good deed goes unpunished. Sigh.
But I did save a caterpillar that had been in some mint I brought in to regrow. (Focus didn't work out well in the pic) I wondered why the leaves were disappearing on the mint in vase...
Next week is SCIENCE CAMP and I'm scrambling a bit. LUCKILY! Grandma J had sent a microscope to Harper earlier in the summer, so that will be a big part of the coming week. Stay tuned.