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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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richtatum Today is Pumpkin Day for li’l pumpkins.

Let the carving begin!

Personally, I'm in it for the pies and roasted seeds. Yum!

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richtatum I am an artist
by Ellie

I wonder how to draw a horse
I hear my family talking
I see art
I want to draw a horse
I am an artist

I feel my crayons
I touch my crayons and paint
I worry about my picture going in the trash
I cry when it does
I am an artist

I understand my Aunt when she talks about art
I say, “Pretty!” when I see art
I dream I can draw a horse
I hope I can draw a horse
I am an artist

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richtatum Home, at last, where my heart is safely kept.

Late Tuesday afternoon, our trip of over 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) finally came to an end. Hurray!

After their first day of school, Grandma took the kiddos shopping so they could be surprised upon their return home. They were well and truly delighted!

Poor little Juli, my youngest, buried her face in my neck and cried. It was heartbreakingly precious.

I've been holding all three, hugging them, and telling them I love them almost non-stop.

After a long drive, a blowout, good and bad customer service, too much beef jerky, and a broken foot—Ellie broke a metatarsal on the way home :( — it is good to be back.

I am rescued.

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  •   dazongguan Excellent 6mon
  •   richtatum @dazongguan Thank you! 6mon
  •   humbertosk8 Greaty friend!!! 6mon
  •   richtatum @humbertosk8 Thanks Humberto! 6mon
  •   butchergabi I have to say i just found 'you' on jj's tag of the day and you gave blogging a whole new perspective. I just read you past days experience/stories and feel like I met your family. Hope you all have a great new start with the move and jyst so you know you and your family just made my day happier by sharing these stories. THANKS 6mon
  •   richtatum @butchergabi thanks so much, Gabi! Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you very much! 6mon
  •   bonni3 Family is where the heart is. Welcome home! 6mon
  •   richtatum @bonni3 Indeed! 6mon

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richtatum Flagging at Black River Falls.

We were all set to drive. And I have nothing witty or even relevant for this photo. Except that I hope there's a good tailwind. Like, one that’s stronger than the one pushing this flag.

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richtatum You Are Here.

Not any more!

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richtatum Under fair skies atop fresh tires.

Outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with lovely skies dotted with puffy clouds.

Good driving weather, great tires!

I'm taking a nap, naturally. Good job, Jen!

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