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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Disney Magic Overload Our bi-annual Spring Break trip to Orlando to have some magical fun at the Disney Parks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]------↓ Click here to view the 5 videos from our trip. There's one for each park, and Disney Springs.[/vc_column_text][TS-VCSC-Youtube...

[vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" vertical_align="yes" padding_left="40" padding_right="40"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_custom_heading text="Father's Day & Pride Fest" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23353535" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]Father's Day this year was an extra special one for us. The Family Pride Parade & Festival was the same day, as a part of the whole 2 week Pride Fest going on...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_custom_heading text="Pokémon Valentine Box" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23353535" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]Well 2 years ago I made the Adventure Time Valentine Box for Isabelle for her 5th grade competition, so I knew that this one would be coming eventually! It was Tyler's turn to enter the school competition for Best Valentine's...

If someone hadn't heard of Hamilton in 2017, they would be living under a rock. When they announced that it was coming to Chicago as a "indefinitely-permanent" installment, I knew that I had to get tickets for Sam and I to go. When the tickets went up...

For Christmas Vacation this year I thought it would be fun to take my family back to where I used to go as a kid during Christmas time. We stayed at The Waterpark of America hotel, and spent a fun few days in the waterpark, and...

Sam, Erin & I took a Fall trip to the Pacific Northwest. Erin's sister and her new husband lived in Seattle, so we thought it would be fun to go and visit them, and then also explore that area a little bit. We had a ton of...

[vc_row content_placement="middle" vertical_align="yes"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_custom_heading text="Cold, Cold Water" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%232d2d2d" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal"][vc_custom_heading text="Visiting Duluth" font_container="tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%232d2d2d" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]I thought it would be fun to take Sam & the kids back to where I grew up, Duluth MN. I loved getting to grow up on a lake, because all summer long we...

As a kid we took a couple trips to Wisconsin Dells, and I always loved it. It was like the Disney World for the Midwest. Now that we live in Chicago, I figured we were close enough to take a trip there with the kids! We met...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images="700,701,702,703,704,705,706,707,708,709,699" img_size="large" onclick="link_no" autoplay="yes" scroll_fx="crossfade"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_custom_heading text="Santorini & Martini's" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23262626" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]Every other year Sam and I take a trip outside of the US, and for 2016 (while also celebrating Sam's 40th birthday) we decided to go to Greece. We started the trip in Athens, exploring...

Tyler (10) has been obsessed with Minecraft for quite a while now. The obsession started small, and grew in many ways. We started off playing the iPad version of the game, which I thought was enough. Then he graduated to playing the computer version on...

[vc_row content_placement="middle" vertical_align="yes"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_custom_heading text="Inside Out: Insider Access Premiere" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23282828" google_fonts="font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20regular%3A500%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]Since I'm such a huge Pixar fan, I'm always excited to go to special events. I found out that they were doing a premier for the new film "Inside Out" 3 days early, with an Insider...

Every trip to a Disney Park I like to design my own tshirt for. Blythe and I took a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure for the 60th anniversary, and these were the shirts we designed....

For our family trip to Disney World this year I wanted to design tshirts for the 6 of us. What a coincidence that Big Hero 6 came out this year! I designed a tshirt for each of us based on one of the six hero's from the...

Nintendo's new craze is the NFC toys called Amiibo's. The characters are really cool, and feature all of my favorite Nintendo franchises. Rather than keeping the figures as is, I thought it would be fun to customize them and take them to the next level. I used my...

For Valentine's Day Isabelle's class had a competition for who could create the coolest box to put the cards in. True to me, I went very over the top with this. I created Ice Kings mountain. In the back there's the dungeon of Ooo characters, and each one...

Up is my favorite film of all time, and I base my life around the theme "Adventure Is Out There". I wanted to make a painting that represented this in my life, and I found this beautiful gouache concept art from the film, and decided to...

Any time I can get the chance to go to New York I jump on it. This trip I got to do with my best friend Blythe. My favorite parts of New York are seeing the Broadway shows, and visiting the Nintendo World store....

Thanks to Sam and Ford, I got to step up my ride. I went from a Ford Focus to now a Lincoln MKS! This car is way more luxurious than I need, but it's nice to have such a great car....

I wanted to make my own personal Lego calendar BIG and over the top. Just like me :P When Lego announced that they were making TMNT sets, I knew I needed all of them. I took pieces from each of the sets to create my own Turtles...

In continuing with my love for Legos, I had an idea to build a custom lego calendar set for my two best friends, of a scene from their favorite franchises. For Jenessa I made a Breaking Bad scene. For Blythe it was Iron Man's hall of Armor....

Legos have been a big part of my life ever since I was a young kid. I loved them because they were fun and creative. This has continued as I've become an adult, so I enjoy bringing a lego version of myself on trips to take...

One of my biggest life dreams came true, getting to go to Italy and experience the birthplace of art. We visited all the famous locations, museums, paintings, sculptures, etc. Each one was more inspiring than the last. As we went around the country I kept a sketchbook...

There's this funny app I stumbled upon where people submit photos of themselves and then you draw them. Here are a couple funny ones that I created....

I found some cool light up sculptures online that I wanted to see if I could create. I got an epoxy that hardens without shrinking, and used that for creating the sculpture. I taught myself basic wiring for LEDs, and ran a system through the sculpture with a...

Each year I pick an animated theme to create a Christmas card of us in. This year since Frozen is such a big deal, I decided to go with that....

A friend of mine commissioned me to paint a picture of Carl & Ellie from Up. Since that is my favorite movie I was MORE than happy to do it! I painted it on stretched canvas with Acrylic....

I've been really wanting to get into drawing digitally more, but it's been difficult for me on the Wacom tablets. I felt to step up my game I needed one of the monitor tablets, but the Wacom brand one's are just SO crazy expensive. After lots of...

Sam and I took a trip to Toronto for the International LGBT Film Festival "Inside Out". Toronto was such a beautiful city with amazing culture. The film festival was amazing to get to see really creative films for LGBT....

This year I got to go back to Siggraph again! But instead of being a student, I got to go for my company! I had a blast seeing the panels and interacting with future potential clients....

For Christmas I painted Isabelle and Tyler's two favorite Pokémon. I painted them on a stretched canvas with Acrylics....

I finally made it to Disneyland for the first time! I'm such a huge Disney fan, so the parks are the most magical place for me. It was so exciting to get to experience the rides, characters, shows, and everything in between....

There was a charity drive at work to buy school supplies to kids that can't afford them. I decided to have some fun with it and filled two backpacks full of themed supplies! One was Monsters U, and the other was TMNT....

During my trip to LA I got to go on some studio tours thanks to my friend who works at Nick. It was very inspiring to see the places where a lot of my favorite creative works have come from....

I really wanted to create a whole themed room for Isabelle for her birthday. Her favorite show is Adventure Time so I came up with the idea for a bedroom. I drew out the scene on the walls and then painted them. I outlined the characters with...

I always enjoy coming up with stories, games, or anything creative. For this one I thought, Minecraft is basically like the digital legos, so how could I combine the two for a game. This was the result I came up with! It was a lot of work, and...

I found a new technology piece for the iPad that lets you draw and sketch. It's different than a normal stylus because it has a fine point and the levels of pressure sensitivity that a traditional tablet does....

One of my favorite series of all time is Avatar. The storyline, character development, and animation is phenomenal. I draw a lot of my inspiration for my art and drawing from these series, so I like to collect any artwork from it that I can....

I got to go to New York City for the first time! It was an awesome experience, especially since it was Christmas time. We saw the Rockette's musical, Bare the musical, and of course all the traditional NY experiences....

Every year for Christmas I like to make a creative present for all of us. This year I made custom shoes. I used marker and fabric paints to paint on Converse white canvas shoes. Tyler's shoes were Adventure Time characters, as well as Isabelle but hers had...

I got my very first new car! Yay adult life! I got a sweet little Ford Focus. Nothing too fancy, but great gas mileage for such long work commutes every day....