Tuesday, December 3, 2013
We are working our way back through the entire excellent "Bone" series by Jeff Smith as Ansel is old enough to really appreciate them this time around: There's slapstick cartoon characters, scary monsters, a cute girl, and of course, a dragon who smokes... What more could we possibly ask for?
I left the dangling cigarette out of this one for first grade lunch.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thor is thinking fondly of those frost giants.
Thor lost again over the weekend. The kids were willing to go see "Frozen" despite the female characters, and the singing. Olaf the slapstick snowman definitely sold the product. (He says the word "butt" more than once!)
Perhaps if Olaf appeared in the Thor movie, I could convince them to see that also? It's all Disney, after all....
My nose is so bright I gotta wear shades: Teddy and Rudolph herald the slippery slope from Hanukkah to Christmas:
Our younger son had some regularly scheduled, but rather unpleasant, blood work done recently and earned a trip to some sort of retail establishment that his mother would normally prefer to avoid.
Build-A-Bear is of course already pushing Christmas hard, so we could not avoid acquiring a reindeer with a light-up nose....
And sunglasses.... Because what Rudolph does not need Ray Bans?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgivukkah from the menorah turkey. This one did not go to school today as everyone is at home languishing with the flu...perhaps he can take it in the year 79,811 when the two holidays coincide again.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Ansel requested a napkin featuring the Minecraft skins of Grim Reaper and Iron Golem, and I was apparently seized by an irrational desire to get started on the topic of Thanksgiving.
Archer came home early today with a fever and was able to give me a lengthy critique based on the snapshot of the napkin on my phone. He offered extensive commentary regarding which Minecraft skins I should have included rather than the ones I thoughtlessly drew on this napkin..."Mom! BurittoBrine, really? When you know how much I like Herobrine?"
He also questioned my overall composition. He was only slightly mollified when I showed him the original source in Norman Rockwell's painting: ("Freedom to play too much Minecraft"...?)
Friday, November 22, 2013
While we were finishing rereading Doug TenNapel's "Bad Island" last night, Ansel requested these unfriendly little aliens on his napkin for today.
In the graphic novel, they are determined to force the parents of a human family into a lake of acid. But I thought maybe we should put their sharp sticks to a more positive use here on the napkin.
Or maybe they are looking to malevolently torment the napkin recipient with a healthy lunch of whole grain pasta and a fruit and a vegetable. Our kids are usually happier to have a bagel for lunch.... Just a bagel.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I can't really explain this one beyond it being the ultimate combination of cute and deadly.
The penguin (of course) comes from the silly internet meme of the penguinocalypse- the origin of which I do not have time to figure out. I can point out that the mouth on the original image seems to that of a lion, and that if one googles "lion yawning," the results are quite impressive.
I added the bunny to continue the insipid/ threatening theme, but the rabbit is definitely not as perfect a combination as the penguin.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lacking a napkin image request last night, or a compelling idea of my own: I transformed the boys into Minecraft characters... sort of.
They did actually recognize themselves this morning. The glasses and the matching outfits were the cause, I'm sure. They have been wearing the same t-shirt and pants for several days. Unable to come up with anything more personal, I backed them with the dancing skeletons from "Don't Mine at Night."
One of my sons, aware that I often google late at night looking for something to draw on a napkin, asked this morning, "Is there really fan art online of us as Minecraft characters?"
Well...not previously honey... but now there is, I suppose.
Monday, November 18, 2013
We read Doug TenNapel's "Cardboard" again over the weekend.
While we made some more cardboard stuff, we were not able to pull off the fabrication of a huge mech like "Pacific Rim"s Gypsy Danger.
Thor versus a Creeper...Who would prevail?
I'm afraid the Creeper came out on top at our house over the weekend. My husband and I offered to take the kids to see "Thor: The Dark World," but our younger son preferred to stay home and play Minecraft.
It would be utterly pathetic to have to hire a babysitter in order to go see a superhero movie designed for small boys.
I blame the "Super Hero Squad" TV show for much of Ansel's dislike of the Thor character. In that series, Thor is mostly comic relief: a long-haired girly-man with a funny accent who likes to admire himself in the mirror. Ansel tells me the problem is not really Thor, however: he just doesn't like the Avengers "separated." Meaning, the Avengers movie was OK, but none of that Iron Man, Hulk, or Thor stuff.
I think the problem might be that the preview on TV was a little scary....
But those Creepers can be scary also.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The boys have been very interested in The Simpsons lately, on the lookout for age-inappropriate jokes and references.
Not that they have lost interest in "Dragons: Defenders of Berk." Not at all...One is just much less likely to hear the word "penis" used on the dragons show.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Our sons are eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Swap Force" as a holiday present. I am not clear on what is particularly appealing about this Grim Creeper fellow, but he seems to be one of their hypothetical favorites.
Perhaps it is the scythe? They are partial to scythes.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
As soon as we finished reading "Smash" by siblings Chris and Kyle Bolton, the boys wanted to know where was the next book in the series?
It was certainly a pleasant read, and I am always happy to provide an example of how brothers can do something together besides pelt one another with Nerf darts.
They were not too impressed with my didactic message, or with my klutzy drawing on the napkin.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Weaponized cuteness: What bug eyed furball is not improved by palm repulsors?
We forced our oppressed sons to watch some of "Iron Man 3" over the weekend. They resisted initially because anything that mom and dad want to watch must be boring... even if it is a big ridiculous superhero movie that was made mostly with 10 year old boys in mind. Afterwards, they offered that it hadn't been SO bad after all.
The critter here in the Iron Man arms is an "Inari Fox" one of those internet memes that gets passed around as a real animal.(link here) The image that comes up most often is actually a fimo and fur doll made by "Santiani" on Deviant Art. (link here)