so there is a rule in our house.. that on your birthday.. you get to do whatever you want that day (as long as its within reason of course lol.. and doesn't harm another person! lol (or yourself.. okay.. you know what i mean!! Lol)
well today happens to be my 38th birthday.. holy crap. That sounds old coming out of my mouth. I feel like I am not a day over 21 (except I weight more and look a lot older).. but I FEEL that young. actually I think I enjoy life MORE now than I did when I was 21.. I know I do. It's awesome how time and age and life, and trials and happiness and heartaches and amazing experiences.. can change you and shape you and mold you! I wouldn't give any of it up.. and I have to say.. and say this HONESTLY.. today is my best birthday ever... why? Because Today.. and right now.. and at this time. I feel SO at peace and full of happiness with my life. With my relationship with my children, my friends, my Family.. My heavenly Father.. and the most important one.. my husband! can I tell you how much I love THIS MAN??? holy cow I love him. Truly the most kind, loving, forgiving soul. This year has been one full of many ups and downs.. but it's been truly a blessing how its all ended up. I am in awe.
SO today is a wonderful day just because it is!
Okay.. sorry got sidetracked.. so on our birthdays.. the rule is you get to spend the day doing whatever you want! lol.. I always tell my kids and friends and family..
"its your birthday.. do what you want, eat what you want and be what you want today!" its YOUR Day!
so of course I am taking my own rule to heart! lol?? why not right?
So lately I have been sketching these girls.. She art girls.. some with faces, some without..kinda different.. indians, old world, ethereal.. different kinds. And so today I am finally going to take the time to paint some of them! I think I might start one or two.. probably one finish any of them.. but I cant wait!! I wanted to show you a peak of some of them.. these are just scanned in from my sketchbook..
this is my favorite as far as hair goes..
I call her "she had courage"
I am really into Indian/tribal inspired things right now. I find myself buying them for my home, for my studio.. jewelry (chevron earrings, arrow ring.. antler necklace... I love Indians because they remind me of strength, family, honor, commitment, to be still and quiet and listen.
Another word that describes them is Courage.
I have also recently went through something that took a lot of COURAGE.. and I hadn't really thought of that about myself for a long time.. until a dear friend of mine.. Chrissy.. said to me one day a couple of weeks ago.. "you are courage" and I just stick with me.. I have decided it's my new word.. for 2013.. and I think we will just start it now.. :) I love my trues!
Next girl.. she is also indian.. but a little more simple.
She is called... .She was true
I just love how she looks like she is strong and steadfast.. how she has a cloak around her neck. She is humble and simple.. but she is TRUE!!
The next one.. is inspired by a movie i recently saw.... on tv. Gladiator.. I Love the girl/sister in that movie..
I haven't named her yet.. haven't decided what role to give her.
I don't know if you remember that movie.. but the girl that is the Gladiators love interest.. wants to badly to help him. She knows he is good.. and yet she is stuck in a position because her brother is the king and he is a wicked person. She kinda goes through this good bad thing and struggles with what everyone else thinks is right and what she KNOWS in her heart is rights.. shes gonna be a fun one to paint. Lots of emotions behind her..
This next girl.. she is just super fun. I saw picture on pinterest recently and I fell in love with her hair. reminded me of I love Lucy for some reason? ..
really is there anything else to say? She just exudes life! She is bright and colorful.. I think I need to do her with her lips turned up a bit.. and a twinkle in her eye.. a calm lovely smile on her face.. that's for sure!
This last one.. as far as faces goes.. IS MY FAVORITE!!! I love her expression and how she turned out.. and she is truly SO simple.
Her eyes are so warm and loving and inviting.. and her smile is just so that she really invites you in. She is open yet she has something mysterious about her.. She is BEAUTIFUL yet she is truly so simple. Simple cotton dress, hair simply done. I think maybe even leaving the earrings off might be perfect for her too. I dont know what her name is yet.. but It will come..
anyhow.. that's what I am doing today.. partly doing today! lol
My dear friend Margie.. came from Utah and is taking me out to lunch today and coming to see my new studio which is ALMOST FINISHED! like early next week will be done! (and oh my heck yes I can't wait to share pictures!!)
My other freaking amazing friend Meredith.. wanted to take me to lunch too.. so we are going to try and work something out for later..
Then this afternoon we have a church party to get ready for.. we are doing a trunk or treat for the kids.. and the young women are in charge of most of it.. so Allie and I are going to go over and help set that up. After that is over.. Ben is taking me and the kids and going to Barnes and Noble! We are all just going to get our favorite cup of hot cocoa, italian soda.. or smoothie and hang out and read and enjoy books! I HEART barnes and noble! my favorite place ever. I spend way too much money in that store.. maybe that is what I should have asked for.. for my birthday! lol.. (at least I wouldn't feel so bad every time I buy a new stampington magazines.. dang those magazines.. they are addicting!)
so today is a good day. Wonderful day.
AND today ben told me.. NOT to plan anything from friday at noon to Saturday night.. because he has a surprise.. I said.. OKAY as long as we can go to Bradens Semi Final Football game friday night.. I am GAME! lol (of course I wouldn't miss that.. even for a birthday surprise.. luckily ben had already planned that in)
I wanted to also thank all of you.. SO truly wonderful and feel blessed to have you all in my life! I feel very full today.. of love and gratitude.. thank you all..