Here's a second version...probably for a business card.
Don't get too excited...the shop isn't up quite yet. But soon...
Sue - the special ed teacher
Sue's monster was actually made out of one of the socks she gave me. She gave me a whole bag of old socks and told me that the argyle pair had been her favorites...so I gave one of them back to her today...as a monster!
Maureen - the classroom aide
Hers was the first monster I've made with eyelashes!
Erin - the speech therapist
Erin's is one of my "vintage" monsters. "How can you tell?" you ask? The button eyes.
Kim's sisters, Rachel and Tricia, ready for a nap after dinner.
Karl fishin' with the kids (I love how they all happen to be color coordinated!)
Buggy holding a fish his daddy caught.
Lydia swimming in the pond. (I promised the kids that next week I'd bring my swimsuit so I could go swimming with them.)
Thus ends a chapter in my life. "The end of an era" as my husband put it.
I'm going to miss my little sweet pea. She has taught me so much...or rather, God has taught me so much through her. I've been working with her since the Spring of 2006, and I am convinced my experience with her over the past 2 and a half years has been preparing me for motherhood someday. I think I could only love this little girl more if she had come from my own womb. But, she's someone else's daughter that I just got to borrow for awhile.
As much as I love her, I know it was time for me to step back and let her go. She can't rely on me to be there for the rest of her life. Plus, it's time for me to move on myself and help other people in other ways. I kind of feel like Mary Poppins.
I did cry as I put her on the bus (just like the end of last summer when I wasn't sure if I'd get the job to be her aide in kindergarten). But it may not be the last time I see her. Her parents have been great and they both have made it clear that I shouldn't "hesitate to call if [I] want to stop by and see [her]".
Her mom is a Creative Memories consultant too, so that gives me another excuse to stay in touch! She actually gave me a nice little Creative Memories "Picfolio Minutes" photo album as an end of the year "thank you" gift.
So it may be the end of an era...but perhaps not the end of a friendship.
I really wasn't expecting anything. Since our anniversary and my birthday and his birthday are all within 2 weeks of each other, we usually just get one big present for the both of us. I was just expecting to go out last night. We saw "Kung Fu Panda" and went to dinner at Red Robin.
My work schedule prevented us from doing our "tradition" of going to a new Rennisance Faire. (Can you have a tradition when you've only been married 2 years?) We always go to the "local" one in Sterling NY (about an hour away), but we have a goal of going to a new one every year. We want to go to one in Ohio this year later in the summer.
But I had a wonderful time last night anyway.
"He left the arms of his earthly father and into the arms of his Heavenly Father."
And I found out, when I happened to check my email this morning before I left for work, that my friend Amy had her baby this morning! Congratulations Chris & Amy! Welcome to the planet Simon!
How poetically fitting. The day after celebrating the life of a child who has gone home to the Lord, we get to celebrate the Lord blessing us all with a brand new child.
Like my Dad says..."God is good. All the time."
He kind of reminds me of Red Fraggle.
(BTW: my birthday is this month and Season 3 of Fraggle Rock is out on DVD! ~hint hint~)
His hair is made out of a "fancy fur" yarn I bought at the Dollar Store a while ago. And his body is made of a scrap of a crazy polka-dotted sock. Here is a picture of his "brother" that I made out of the other sock (on the right...obviously). I've since given both of these monsters away .
It's interesting to see how much my sock monster making style has evolved since I started. In ther beginning, I was highly influenced by John Murphy's work (since it was his book that gave me the idea in the first place). But I think I've developed my own unique style.
If you want to see more of my "early work" go to my photobucket album. I'll be getting with the times and moving my pictures over to Flickr soon.