A Saturday Downtown

June 30, 2024


You can pick your nose, and you can pick your friends…



Hat shopping.


We went to see an interactive art exhibit by these guys: https://www.roboocto.com


And hey, it was pretty darn fun! Both a 14 year old girl and a 55 year old man had a great time.




Surprise Pineapple and graffiti in Russian.


Elsewhere in the city we encounter an electric race car.


Chloe is practicing for the photo to go on her next album cover.

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And She Turns 14!

June 30, 2024


For her birthday we took Chloe and two of her friends to Oaks Park, a small but fun amusement park here in Portland. Above the trio won quite a few ducks in the “Duck Catcher” game.


Chloe’s been here many times over the years, and she has a ritual of playing the fish catching game. Here they are with their prizes.


Rides!


Look! She’s tall enough!




Yes, this is the AtmosFEAR ride, the one you heard about getting stuck with the riders upside down for an hour. The girls rode it several times.


Sadly, The Frog Hopper wasn’t open.


Presents! On the dock on the river.

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Contains One Lobster

June 23, 2024


Last day of school, 2024


Every lake has its monster




Just for fun we rode over to her school.



New art!


Flashback to when Chloe was the littlest Viking.

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Keeping Up With Chloe

June 13, 2024


Foreshadowing


Nature!





Chloe painted this owl for a friend at school.


The artist at work.


Competing at the track meet.


Chloe playing recorder for the 8th grade graduation ceremony.


Use this in case of trouble with the help.


Chloe and her friend Sophia having fun.






Trying on a more formal look


Origami


Origami


The Dark Side of the Easter Bunny


Kitty?


What’s in that hand?


What is that, anyway?


First making comics, then tacos!


Un Sombrero y una niña


Everyone needs two watches when cooking.


Shady Cat


A kitty on a cupcake!

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A Visit to OMSI

February 26, 2024

OMSI – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Fun place! It starts with a dinosaur…


Includes a submarine…


Launch torpedoes!


Chloe’s not ready to dive!


Many mysterious dials…



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Chicken With A Hot Dog

February 26, 2024

So, I started this for Chloe by drawing the first panel with the chicken with a hot dog…
The order of the panels is a little hard to figure out, but let the epic battle begin!





Chloe has one more year at her current school, and we’re planning on getting her into the Arts High School the year after! A few days earlier we did a comic jam with a friend of mine who is a professional illustrator and animator.




We haven’t figured out an end for our Cat and Snail story. If you’re wondering, the first cat is by S. W. Conser, the second by the 13 yr old, and the childish scrawl is mine.

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Fastnacht Day!

February 14, 2024

What’s this? Steve didn’t totally forget Fastnacht Day this year? Nope!


But he did forget until the day-of, so we went with this recipe which doesn’t need to raise overnight.


This year I was smart enough to halve the recipe so that we only have too many delicious donut-like pastries around instead of way, way too many.



And they sure are good!

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The Black and White Dance

February 12, 2024

For the second dance of the year, the theme was “Black and White” in hopes the kids would make an attempt at dressing more formally.


Chloe went with white dress shirt, black skirt, stompy-boots and of course, a black tie.
This is the “Before” shot.


Here’s the “during” shot…


…and pooped-out afterwards!

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Ice Sledding

January 17, 2024

Our cold snap is coming to an end, much to the relief of the people out there who lost power. Ice storm last night and today we went out in a light drizzle to see if we could sled.


Icicle nose!


Setting up the tube…


Introduction to ice on hills.


This time, for sure!


And another victory walk home.

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More Sledding!

January 17, 2024

Here in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the lower elevations, snow is pretty rare. It also often turns to rain quickly and opportunities for sledding here in the Willamette Valley are few and far between. When it does snow, it tends to be pretty wet but during this cold snap it’s been very dry and produced a very good sledding field around the corner and it stuck around a second day! So we went back for more!


Belly flop!


Victory!


And here Chloe gets covered in snow…

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