2017 Calendar

It was recently brought to my attention that I never did a post showing off my 2017 screenshot calendar so, of course, I had to get some pictures of it for the blog.  🙂  Since I can get better screenshots now I was able to order a the larger format calendar and I really like it!  Here is the front cover featuring a picture of Kaer Morhen:

It was really hard to pick only 12 pictures out of all my screenshots from last year but I’m really happy with how it turned out.  And I had some help from my husband when I got stuck. 🙂 So here is a little glimpse at some of the months, starting with a screenshot from my latest play-through of Dragon Age: Inquisition:

All the greenery in the picture below seemed perfect for April.

And, as my husband pointed out, it was very fitting to use a Star Wars: The Old Republic for the month of May since May 4th is an unofficial Star Wars holiday.  “May the 4th be with you!” 😉

More Star Wars for July, the sparks reminded me of fireworks.

Can’t have a calendar without Commander Shepard and crew from Mass Effect!

And to close off the year one of my favorite screenshots from Dragon Age.

I am enjoying it!

Currently Reading: 

Death Times Three by Rex Stout

Homeschool Field Trip: Amazeum

We went to the Amazeum, a hands-on learning museum, on our last homeschool field trip.

They had a note on their sign welcoming our group so I had to get a picture of the kids in front of it. 🙂  The kids loved all the different areas, especially the Nature Valley Water Amazements and the Nickelodeon Play Lab (not pictured).

Vesper also really, really loved the Canopy Climber!  Sean takes after me and does not like heights at all but he did try it a little bit.

They had fun at the Homestead Cabin & Farm, too.

And they also did some painting and building in the special exhibit area.

Today both kids keep asking to go back, I think it was a hit!  And we didn’t even make it to all the exhibits.  That just means more to explore when we go back!  🙂

Currently Reading: 

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Rearranging & Decorating Rooms

This month we have done a lot of rearranging of furniture in all the bedrooms as well as hanging up all the new posters/pictures we got for Christmas.  First, my Mom gave us one of her beautiful paintings from this past year and we added it to our picture wall in the living room.

Next, we hung up the posters that I bought for Doug for Christmas in our bedroom.

Vesper got a beautiful print of an illustration from Little House in the Big Woods for Christmas and I added it to the pictures she already has in her room.

I also rearranged some of her other pictures and posters while I was at it.


The picture in the middle below is one that she colored herself from her over-sized Christmas coloring book, she did such a good job we hung it up for her. 🙂

Sean had only one picture in his room, a drawing of Lightning McQueen by my very talented friend, Lacy.

Since Sean only had one picture I let him pick out a poster at Wal-Mart to brighten up his room a little bit.

I also have a few Hobbit posters scattered around the house, this one below is hanging next to the door we use all the time.  It seemed fitting.  🙂

This one is hanging in my sewing nook just because it is one of my favorites.


And that is it.  We are all really enjoying our “new” house now!

Computer Desk Decorations

Our computer desks got much more cool over Christmas!  My desk is starting to get a little crowded… (Also, my third Hobbit poster is hanging above my desk alongside all the Star Wars goodness.) 😉

The new Funko figures are (from left to right but not necessarily next to each other): Boba Fett, Dr. Strange, Jyn Erso, and Belle.  The new Barbie is Wonder Woman from the Batman vs. Superman movie.  Note my new white Xbox One controller, I call it “The Stormtrooper”.

Over the past year I have added the Schleich Batman and Superman figures and I received the tan horse figure in my stocking.  The Star Wars shuttle was also in my stocking, a present from my Dad.

And this is how my desk looks during a gaming session, book on the left side to read during loading screens along with paper to write notes.  On the right is my trusty water bottle.

Doug also received a lot of cool Schleich figures as well as a Lego Clone Trooper and a Funko POP figure.  His desk is starting to look pretty cool now!

Schleich figures of the Justice League:

Funko POP of Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z and a Lego figure of Commander Cody.

In other decor news, you do not want to steal our movies, my dragon will hunt you down!

And I found these beautiful prints by MyCKS on Etsy!  From left to right, they are of Princess Leia from Star Wars, Kaidan Alenko from Mass Effect and Commander Shepard from Mass Effect.

So much geeky!  😀

Sean’s Art

Another post about Sean’s art, some writing and object sculptures mixed in, too.  Disclaimer: I have not taught him any writing, he just loves numbers and letters so much that he learned to write on his own.

The monkey below is one that Sean drew using Christopher Hart’s Drawing Animals Shape by Shape drawing book.  We also have the original Shape by Shape drawing books and he especially loves drawing the pirate from that one.

Numbers and a creature:

Words written from memory with illustrations:

Robot from Sean’s imagination:

Words written from memory:

Another one drawn with a Shape by Shape book’s instructions:

Writing words with hot wheels:

Writing a number with number magnets:

Currently Reading: 

Heart’s Blood by Juliette Marillier

Lost Tooth & Lego Building

Vesper lost her fifth tooth a week ago!  She hates loosing her teeth but loves getting a little something from the tooth fairy under her pillow the next morning.  😉

This year we were able to find some large Star Wars lego sets for a good deal for the kids’ Christmas and they were very excited!  Vesper has actually been building them all by herself, which is pretty impressive.  The sets are for older age groups but she has been doing just fine on her own.  Here is the first one completed:

She has now started work on the second set and is still doing great.

Currently Reading:

The Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George


We have a new litter of kittens sprawling around on our front porch right now.  Princess only had four kittens in this litter so they are really huge this time compared to the six she had last time.  They are very friendly and fluffy so the kids are really enjoying them.

The gray tabby in the front of the picture below is Snuffles (short for Snufflupagus, yes that is a made up word).  He earned his name by sneezing snot all over my sweatshirt when I first found the kittens.  The brown tabby behind him is Bandit, Sean’s favorite kitten.  These two are also the kittens with tails, the other two don’t have any.

This gray tabby without a tail is Bobsey, for some reason both kittens without tails are bigger than the other two.  The roaming Manx tomcat that visits our house on occasion is pretty big so I guess it makes sense that this litter is bigger.

And that is the last kitten, Stubs, sticking his nose out of the box.  Stubs is so fat that when he tries to play he usually falls over. 😉 (I say “he” but I don’t know which are boys or girls yet…)

Currently Reading:

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

December 2016 Screenshots

This post is very late due to a nasty post-Christmas cold that went the rounds of our family.  Thankfully we were healthy for all the family celebrations and had a wonderful holiday!  So, without further ado, here are a few highlight from my December gaming.

First, I really enjoyed Star Wars: The Old Republic’s last expansion but will probably not be playing it for a while due to a certain game coming out in the near future…yes, I am talking about you, Mass Effect: Andromeda! 😉  Goodbye to Jedi for now!

I also finished playing through Rise of the Tomb Raider in December and really enjoyed it!  It was a great game, lots of fun and really beautiful.

Lastly, in honor of Mass Effect: Andromeda releasing on March 21st, 2017, I started a new play-through of the Mass Effect series.  Back to where it all began. 🙂

I may be just a little excited about the new Mass Effect game… 😉

Currently Reading: 

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer

November 2016 Screenshots

It’s time for the screenshots of the month!  This time I picked one from each game I played in November.  First, Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 3:


Next, Lara Croft from Rise of the Tomb Raider:


Lastly, I just got into the new expansion in Star Wars: The Old Republic and am really enjoying it!!  Here the Commander of the Alliance meets with the Empress of the Sith Empire to discuss working together:


Currently Reading:

Three at Wolfe’s Door by Rex Stout

Costume Photo Shoot

I was packing up all the costumes to put back in storage when I remembered that I didn’t get any pictures of myself in costume this year.  So my husband was kind enough to get the camera out once the kids were in bed for naps.  Since it was spur of the moment I did a much simpler hair-do, kudos to my husband for coming up with it. 🙂


I added an accessory to the outfit for the photoshoot, do you recognize the sword?  (Hint: It is from one of my favorite movies, based on one of my favorite books.)


The picture below highlights the added split and leather strap accent.


Full length view:


And one last picture, just because.