The Drawing Lesson - Book Review

Book Description:

For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?

My Review:

This was a fun little book to read. As you read the comics (which are very entertaining) you will start to learn how to draw.... How fun is that! While reading you meet David, who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. You go on his adventure with him as he meets Becky who helps him to learn. Each page you learn more about David, Becky and of course drawing. She teaches him .. and YOU.. how to begin with drawing. 

The story line was interesting and reading along has helped me to understand more about drawing. I will be happy to share this book with my sons and help them to learn. 

Next Door As It Is In Heaven - Book Review

Book Description:

There was a time when neighbors knew each other’s names, when small children and the old and infirm alike had more than their families looking out for them. There was a time when our neighborhoods were our closest communities.

No more. Neighborhoods have become the place where nobody knows your name. Into this neighborhood crisis the words of Jesus still ring true: Second only to the command to love God is the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In Next Door as It Is in Heaven, Lance Ford and Brad Brisco offer first principles and best practices to make our neighborhoods into places where compassion and care are once again part of the culture, where good news is once again more than words, and where the love of God can be once again rooted and established.

My Review:

This book made me long for my childhood. I lived in a small town (still do) where everyone knew each others names and shared their time, food, help with those around them. Things have changed a lot since I was a child. Our children can't just run around the neighborhood like we once did. Our neighbors were always outside and everyone was watching the children and everyone was friends. It was a great time and place to grow up. 

This is a wonderful book to help you remember to love your neighbor. As they tell about their own personal journey, the Authors help you to see how we can stop living in our own bubble and get outside and know your neighbor better. This book will encourage you. It will inspire you. This is a wonderful must read. 


Wythe Raceway

Our family was given the opportunity to visit Wythe Raceway, Saturday, August 6th for $1,000 to win R&C Super Street (30 Lap feature). We had an amazing time! Our sons (ages 10 & 9) truly enjoyed the races. Their eyes were glued to the track the entire time. 

Wythe Raceway is located at 164 Race Track Road, Rural Retreat, Virginia. The track is located in the beautiful Appalachia Mountains. The Grandstands open at 5pm for most races. The pits open around 4pm. There are bleachers for seating or you can bring your lawn chair and sit in the terrace areas. Parking is always free! Wythe Raceway has several types of food for you to enjoy such as fried bologna, philly cheesesteak, hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, BBQ and much more! The prices are very reasonable for their food as well. We tried the pizza, hotdogs and nachos.. it was all delicious! 

Our sons enjoyed watching all of the races. There was the WCARS, KCARS, R&C Superstreets and more. However, if your bring your children and they need a little break from the racing... Wythe Raceway offers an arcade with numerous games and novelty items for children as well. They also have souvenirs, T-shirts and more for sale. 

Did I mention children 10 & Under are FREE to most races! Wonderful!  

Wythe Raceway is a family friendly atmosphere! Their employees were kind and willing to help you enjoy your visit. This was our first time taking both of our sons to a race and Wythe Raceway helped us to become true race fans! 

For more information about visiting Wythe Raceway visit their facebook page HERE... or their website HERE

If you have a chance be sure to visit Wythe Raceway. It was a great experience and I know you will enjoy your time there. 




Abingdon Muster Grounds - Field Trip

After visiting the Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site we stopped for a history lesson at Abingdon Muster Grounds. If you have never been here before.. be sure to visit! This place holds much history about the Revolutionary War in our area. The people who work here are friendly and they love sharing the history of this area with you. 

Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center, it's a free exhibit.. however, donations are welcome. Make sure you check out George Washington's Ladle, have a silly laugh dressing up and see how to load and shoot a rifle and musket. 

And before you leave take a walk in your forefathers footsteps.... (The Muster Grounds is the northern trailhead of the 330-mile long Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail). 

Natural History Museum At The Gray Fossil Site

We were given the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum At The Gray Fossil Site in Gray, TN. Myself and my two sons (ages 10 & 9) enjoyed exploring the museum. To tell you a little history about the Museum... In May of 2000 the Tennessee Department of Transportation was working on a road construction project when they discovered a large fossil deposit. Since then the Gray Fossil Site has worked to discover many fossils and create the Natural History Museum to share with others. 

The Museum helps to provide a glimpse into the unique ecosystem of the region. Inside the museum is a permanent exhibit that details the ecosystem of the site and there is always something new in their temporary exhibit hall. 

As you can see from the pictures above, there are many hands-on educational opportunities for children to enjoy in the museum. After viewing the movie (that tells you about the location) and visiting the exhibits downstairs, we went to the above level to see even more. This was one of my favorite parts of the museum. I liked being able to see the Preparation Lab and where they stored the fossils. It was very interesting. We also saw some Native American exhibits and visited the fossil site. 

We are a homeschool family and this was a wonderful field trip for my sons. I am happy we were able to visit the Natural History Museum At The Gray Fossil Site and I'm sure we will be back again soon!