This is the week before… the big move

This week was filled with “last times”  The boys stayed with me off and on and I was able to get some good “last” visits in before they leave for Dallas.  Heston went to swimming parties with his friends, for the last time…. He said good bye to friends, Rebecca said good bye to friends. They spent the night in their apartment for the last time, a few nights ago. We took Leif to his little school Friday, for the last time and he told his teachers good bye..

Last day of school for Leif


I wanted to be available to be with them for as much as I could this week..

It has been a good week, even with the last times thrown in there..

But I found a bit of time to get this huge painting started for my friend. She wanted one for her mountain home, a very large one, and told me about what she wanted. We got the inspiration from another one she had seen, kind of like this. So, I drew her off, and put that first layer of paint on for her background. Then added the darker colors. I still have to detail her, but here she is sitting on my desk, until I get my new easel set up. And the bird nest hair lady is waiting patiently on the table to be finished. She is almost finished, so close…. My grandson wasn`t so sure about her hair. LOL… he hasn`t seen a bird nest in hair in real life, so he questioned it.  I told him art was whatever you wanted it to be. Doesn`t have to be real. so I think the bird nest will stay..



Tomorrow at 2:00, I will be included in one of those “last times”, as I tell my grandsons and their mommie, Rebecca, good bye for now. Dallas is a long way, but we will be going real soon, I am sure!

Linked with Sunday Sketches


Have a great week.




  1. A quiet corner to console… after the house is empty.

    1. Yes that sounds good to me!! thanks for stopping by, have a great new week!!!

  2. your post reminded me of when I moved away. i’m only a 3.5 hour drive away, so i still visit my grandson and daughter every 6 to 8 weeks. it’s very hard. i remember the first time i visited them, i boo hoo’d the whole drive home! thank goodness for cell phones, facetime and skype! it makes life a lot easier!

    1. Sue, yes, distance is hard but the facetime and phone calls that you mentioned help, don`t they?!! Glad you are just a short drive away. Mine will be a bit longer, 10 hours, but it is do able!! Plane trips will be better for sure.. Thanks for stopping by to comment.. Have a great new week!!

  3. great start on the painting! Such sweet grandkids, why do loved ones have to move away? Ah, such is life.

    1. thank you CHristine. Yes, life happens doesn`t it?!! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great new week..

  4. Your friend will love that painting….it’s beautiful!

    Last times can be tough but then new beginnings await for them and that’s exciting. No doubt you will miss them terribly.

    Have a lovely week!

    1. thank you Serena, yes, new adventures are always fun. It will be a great time for them to get settled in and we will just be a plane ride away!! thanks for your sweet comments. have a great new week!!

  5. the big painting looks good 🙂 Dallas is only a plane ride away 🙂 or car really depending on how long the drive is 🙂

    1. yes, Jennifer, it is about a 10 hour drive, but very doable!! Plane rides will be the choice!! thanks for coming by and commenting. I hope you have a great new week!!

  6. Saying goodbye is always hard, time with family spend is very special. Many blessings for the week ahead.

    1. thank you for stopping by Marijke. Yes, good byes are not easy but knowing they are only a face time away, helps!! Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a great new week!!

  7. Beautiful studio area and stunning paintings. Good byes are always hard, whether temporary or permanent. You’ll be in my thoughts. 🙂

    1. thank you Alexandra. You know about good byes, don`t you!! I hope you are having a wonderful time on this new adventure I am looking forward to watching it all unfold on your blog!! Have a great new week!!!

  8. I love your paintings…the ones on the wall and the beautiful one you are doing for your friend. She is going to be thrilled. Know you are going to miss those precious boys. That is such a sweet picture. genie

    1. thank you Genie, yes, already missing them!! thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Have a great new week!

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