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richtatum Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid!

Last night we celebrated Ellie’s completion of eleven full years of life. As an eleven-year-old now, she’s in that awkward present-buying stage where she’s too old for the simple toys of childhood yet too young for presents like, oh, diamond necklaces and such. So, we refrained and she got to enjoy unbejeweled, simple gifts like this compact mirror, a detangling brush, and Chap-Stick.

Thankfully, we had grandma and grandpa on hand to bring out the big guns with a brand-new bike! Sure, it’s not diamond-encrusted, but Spring is upon us and it’s time to get out and ride!

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

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richtatum Leaders, take note!

If you feel you’re in a creative slump, maybe you’re holding onto one of these myths. Or perhaps your organization does?

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richtatum Best office ever!

I haven't mentioned this here yet, but I started a new job last week, and have once again joined the world of the gainfully employed!

After a painful year-and-a-half sojourning with my family in Washington State, experiencing high-stress, a hospitalization, kids missing their grandparents, and two job losses in that time, we finally caved and moved back to Michigan to live with my wife's parents.

I'll admit: I took a leap and left a perfectly good job to pursue what I hoped would be a dream opportunity and kind of failed in the process. Twice. But after knocking back a few freelance jobs back home, opportunity came calling when a friend recommended me a remote-work position. Within three days, I had an offer and I accepted.

Last week was my first full week on the job as Director of Marketing for TheBestSchools.org.

Pray for me. And if you don't believe in prayer, wish me luck. And if you don't believe in luck, you can always congratulate me and hope for the best!

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richtatum Good Morning Muskegon.

After a heavy fog last night, Mona Lake looks especially peaceful.

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richtatum Shower Hour.

I really don't go looking for shots to make in bathrooms, but sometimes nature calls!

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richtatum Time to Wake.

She hates to wake up for school. I almost hate waking her.

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richtatum In Search of The Perfect Card.

Today is AJ’s 14th birthday. And the girls are on a mission: they are looking for the perfect birthday card.

At the dollar store.

Choices are limited, but the girls will not be dissuaded.

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richtatum Trio.

I'm not obsessive about order, but I do kind of wish I'd thought to make sure the cabinet doors were perfectly closed. Oh, well.

Still, I like the lines! Getting rid of as much of the lens distortion as possible was a bear.

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richtatum Snow View.

As I get older I find I enjoy snow more and more only from within the confines of a warm enclosure.

But it does make for interesting images from time to time.

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richtatum More snow. Ugh. “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
—Carl Reiner

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richtatum “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
—Henry David Thoreau

I am not often very wise.

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richtatum Juli’s Rudolph.

Our kindergartner, Juli expressed her intentions that when she grows up, she will be an artist, just like her big sister, Ellie.

Accordingly, this adorable red-nosed Rudolph came home over the Winter break. He made us laugh and marvel at his strangely expressive gaze. He’s been dominating a place of honor ever since.

I still smile with amusement every time I walk by.

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richtatum AJ has been quietly working on this project for the past six hours. It’s not homework. It has no immediate, practical application. It’s just interesting and, therefore, fun.

He's building custom palettes, pixel-by-pixel. With Microsoft Paint.

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richtatum Circles, Curves, and Colors, by Ellie.

Ellie is proud and happy that her artwork was selected for prominent display at school (she’s in 5th grade). We are proud, too!

I didn’t even know she had this in the works, but she kept asking me to come inside the hallways, she had something to show me. When I saw it, I was blown away by the shapes, the colors, and the blending. She’s got quite the eye.

For Christmas, this year, Ellie received a table that has a camera built in. She’s started shooting stuff around the house, and I can tell: she’s got the eye. I can’t wait to see what kind of an artist she grows into. And she’s quite the inspiration for her little sister, Juli.

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richtatum This Is a Bat.

Some of this year’s kindergarten art journals came home in Juli’s backpack a couple days ago. While paging through them and loving Juli’s handiwork, I came across this helpful drawing of a bat and it’s body parts.

I hope you find it as useful as it is charming. :) Juli says she wants to be an artist like her 10-year old sister, Ellie. I think she’s well on her way.

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richtatum Snow Day.

Apart from Christmas and New Year celebrations, about the only thing winter has going for it – to me – is the promise of a snow day. The benefit? This means I don't have to get up at 6 AM to bundle the kids off to school.

On the other hand, it also means that Ellie gets to co-opt possession of my jacket for her own cozy purposes. "This is now my new favorite coat," she announced. "It's mine!" Family shots here: #RichTatum_Family. Link directly to this image here: #RichTatum1518.
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richtatum The Hat of Happiness.

Last weekend, Jen and I hit the town for a small Christmas gift-shopping spree. Of course, it was tiring, semi-expensive (we’re on a tight budget), but also fun to pick out gifts people we love will enjoy.

Not everyone was as plucky as Jen’s bouncy hat. We encountered good-spirited but tired shoppers and clerks everywhere. Slumped shoulders, tired feet, long lines, and exhausted checking accounts conspired to suck the cheer out of the Black Friday weekend discounts.

But at every turn, when people spied Jen’s trippy hat, a grin slipped out, a slight glint appear Ed in the eyes, and a handful either openly laughed out loud or thanked Jen for her funny cap.

At the end of our successful excursion we took our own tired dogs to a local sushi joint and my Bride got to enjoy an early Christmas gift of her own.

Merry Christmas, friends. Make someone smile this week!

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richtatum It’s Hinting Season!

I was presented with this list of items, just in case, you know, I'm out shopping in the next few weeks.
I have been warned.

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richtatum Meu nome é Vasco da Gama!

Today, Ellie was part of her class’s “Wax Museum,” a presentation including costumery, a poster/collage, and a memorized presentation that she was required to give any time a visitor pressed her “button.” It was an impressive feat!

I was proud that she actually memorized her presentation when so many of her classmates merely read off of index cards or read the poster they stood in front of. Way to go, Ellie!

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richtatum Sleepy girl is hungry.

It's time for bed and Juli has dark circles under her eyes, but she insists that she's not sleepy! Rather, she's hungry. Or maybe she's thirsty. Or maybe she just wants to dance a little more!

It doesn't matter. I'm tucking her away despite her many protests. “My eyes aren’t purple!” She wanted you to know.

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