Happy Holidays!

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

Here at the homestead the kids are fully immersed in the magic of Christmas. Filled with stories of the Baby Jesus surrounded by the animals in a humble stable, and excited anticipation for surprises Santa and his elves might leave in their stockings.

Santa’s elves always leave a little something homemade in the stocking, and this year they made little books (Of course, the kids have no idea that I am actually Santa’s primary “elf”). The book made for my youngest was a cute coloring book on how dinosaurs get ready for the winter holidays. I hope you enjoy a little prehistoric holiday cheer with these coloring pages! 🙂

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! I’ll see you on February 1st :D

Critter of the Month: Yi Qi

The dragon of the Jurassic! A mysterious creature that many portray as a monstrous frankenstein of bat and bird features…may actually not look so strange afterall.

This handsome little fellow was only about the size of a pigeon or perhaps a crow. The one and only fossil preserves beautiful details about its feathers, the skin membrane between a few fingers, and even the structures that hint at color. But fossils like these can often lead to even more questions than one started with! Let’s take a moment to unpack what I mean…

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Sketchbook Sneak Peak

It’s Dinovember, and I thought I’d have a little fun with one of those lists of dinosaurs floating around Instagram. Just a few critters, to shake things up a bit with a slightly different style and fun fact bits. The list I borrowed off of Instagram had mostly Cretaceous critters in it, but I decided I’d post a few here anyway. Enjoy!

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Critter of the Month: Archaeopteryx

Meet Tango. This bird likes to party, and loves being the center of attention even more!

Last year I wrote a little story about Tango and Twig, but it was posted in two halves. Tango and Twig would be much happier if I posted the whole story in one place, so enjoy this silly little tale about Tango the Archaeopteryx and Twig the Compsognathus.

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Sketchbook Sneak Peak

The seasons are changing here in the Texas hill country.

The nights are cooler, the leaves on the pecans and sycamores are falling, yellow wildflowers like broomweed and ragweed are abuzz with busy bees and huge monarch butterflies, and everywhere you go the world is aglow with the golden hue sunlight seems to get at this time of year.

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Critter of the Month: Stegosaurus

Meet Steggy.  She might not have very much of a brain, but she makes up for that with the softness of her heart.  There’s not a whole lot that’ll surprise her (thanks to Pete’s training), and she’ll let just about anybody clamber on her back. 🙂

I say “just about” anybody, because there was that one time some kids wanted her to be their fortress in a water balloon battle.  That was a bit too much for Steggy.  But that class of preschoolers who came to visit were adorable.  Steggy just sat there and let them climb all over her (Pete stuck a few tennis balls on her spikes, so they wouldn’t be so sharp).  The kids had a great time painting stars and hearts on her big plates.

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