I used to say that all the time to Sean (when we were in undergrad and law school together, which seems like both yesterday and a couple of lifetimes ago) and to Truman, when he was in elementary school. Not sure why I quit saying it and/or why I haven't beaten it to a pulp, likewise, with Carter. Maybe he's just lucky.
More likely, because, unlike Truman, Carter is one of those kiddos whom you have to sit down and do homework with, much to my chagrin. Before, I used to think parents did homework with their children (as opposed kids doing it for themselves, by themselves) did so because they were either helicopter parents or they needed to discipline their kids to do it themselves. So judge-y of me; "Not my child!" Famous last words, right? Left to his own devices, Carter will sit and daydream, and a worksheet that should take 5 minutes will take an hour, with me coming in and out of the room a dozen times, telling him to get back to work. Plus, for lengthier homework assignments, I have to be his scribe because of his fine motor skills issues. It's enough to make me want to drink gin from the dog dish, I tell you.
Why have I gone off on this particular tangent? Because I made an education-themed card for the current YNS Sketch & Color Challenge (#27). I opted for the sketch, which looks like so:
I wanted to make a quick card because I'm leaving this afternoon (I'm writing this on Thursday) to meet a bunch of girlfriends from my old hometown to see REO Speedwagon at the Tulsa Hard Rock Casino. Fun! So, I looked through my stamp sets for an image I wouldn't have to color or fuss too much with. Large sentiments, like this Einstein quote from YNS's Little Darling Belle stamp set are perfect for such times.
The "A to B" part of the quote reminded me that there was a cute and colorful alphabet pattern in my recently purchased "Teacher's Pet" by Echo Park 6"x6" paper pad. Added some cork for texture, a bit of ruler washi tape (that I first put on white card stock, then trimmed; it kind of goes against the simplicity of slapping on some washi tape, but I prefer the washi tape to retain its color. It's so sheer that if you put it on colored card stock or patterned paper, it looks messed up, in my opinion) adhered at a tilt, and a fun little paper clip to play up the school theme.
Other YNS products used: Stitched Square Die Set.
Something like this would be good for inclusion in a gift pack of cards to one of my educator friends or one of Carter's teachers. It could also work as a graduation card, of which I am always in need.
Visit the YNS Blog to see what the other participating YNS designers have put together for your inspiration. There, you'll also find graphics for the color challenge, as well as info about how you can play along and possibly win FORTUNE & FAME (up to $20 in YNS moola and/or be selected as the YNS Top Pick. Top Pick-ers get featured on the YNS Blog and a nifty badge to wear on their blog, proclaiming them as a winner of this major award).
Okay, gang. Gotta go ROLL WITH THE CHANGES. Fortunately, the weather is clear so I won't have to be RIDIN' THE STORM OUT. Thanks for stopping by to see me. And remember, I'm gonna KEEP ON LOVING YOU.
(I'll stop with the REO puns now.)