Saturday, July 5, 2014

Birthday Bear 4 year old edition

I am a little behind on writing a birthday post for this very handsome four year old. This year he decided to challenge my love of party themes and requested a praying mantis party. I repeat praying mantis not a plain ol' bug party. "Sure buddy let me swing my the nearest party store and pick that right up for you." Luckily I have a friend that makes custom t shirts and I was able to get this tshirt made for him along with some other fun stuff for his actual party that will be later this week. This little guy, I really don't know what to say besides that I love him and feel so lucky to be his mama. But to sum up a little bit of his personality at this age here goes. My top ten things I love about 4 year old Bear
1. He is logical, there is no grey in his book only black or white.Choose your words  wisely, they may come back to bite you
2. He doesn't like try new things if he feels he won't be good at them (ie drawing) Our words go such a long way with him and his confidence. Not just praise at the end of something but assuring him that we are here and he doesn't always need to be the best, he just has to try. Teaching him that the process is sometimes worth it
3. The look of joy on his face when he actually accomplishes what he was reluctant to do. That just makes my mama heart burst
4. His weird sense of humor, sometimes typical boys stuff like the word poop but sometimes so much more that that. 
5. Leave it to my kid to have an imaginary friend who has been knighted... his name is SIR ROBERT for goodness sake.
6. The fact that Sir Robert is the one that argues about everything with me. Smart kid he can't get in trouble if he's just the middle man. 
7. Speaking of Sir Robert, one time he was acting so naughty and rude that I opened the door and told him to go home and back to his mama until he was ready to apologize to me about his behavior. Hours later Bear informed me that Sir Robert was indeed ready to apologize and spent two whole days giving me compliments after that. 
8. We don't eat fast food often, honest! But if you ask him what his favorite food is he will either say McDonald's or Red Robin. Doesn't he know that the correct answer is quinoa and kale. I would score major mom points from strangers. HA!
9.  every day he asks me for a sip of coffee, everyday I say no. He's waiting for me to crack. 

10. when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up he said "I want to cook, and play soccer, and play games on the computer... mama I really like a lot of things, I want to be everything" With a lump in my throat and a huge smile I told him that was the best answer a four year old could give. 

This little boy so full of curiosity and love for his family. It's been an amazing four years watching him grow and unlike the saying "I can't wait to see him grow up" I honestly CAN wait and cherish the moments and milestones as they come. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fiber Train

 A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph a local event called Fiber Train. It's a sustainable arts festival that mainly focuses on all things "fiber" from sheering sheep and alpacas, to how to spin and dye your own yarn. I was so excited to see so many people do something they love and most of them making this their full time career. It was truly inspiring. Not to mention there was a rainbow sheep for goodness sake. The boys enjoyed petting all the animals the most.

I am really starting to fall in love with this little town of our. There is just so much to do if you dig a little. It's the first place that feels like home since our first tiny studio apartment in Portland when we were newlyweds. It's taken many years for the stirring inside to finally settle and for the first time in a long time I feel like I have time to step back and really enjoy our life. It's a great feeling and I am going to enjoy this moment.

If you want to learn more about Fiber Train here's the link.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monet inspired art


The great thing about kids is that they typically take a liking or at least a small interest in what you do. I have recently taken up watercolors. It's something I tend to do late at night after the boys go to bed. (it's kind of taken a little time from the ol' blog) but the boys will typically see my work left to dry on the kitchen table. Bear has especially taken some interest in joining in . I decided to make a little lesson from it and talk about one of my favorite artist,Claude Monet. We used  the book The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
and talked about the textures and lines in the painting.And a very brief description on Impressionism.  We discussed how he was inspired my nature and light. How the same subject during different times of the day can have a different feel. 

After a few day we found an app with all of Monet's most famous painting and the boys picked out their favorite. After  reading the Magical Garden of Claude Monet I was not surprised  they chose the Japanese garden and bridge. We mixed a few paints trying to match colors they identified in the painting after that I let them run free with their work. We set them to dry and after hung them in their toy room. It's so cool to see them identify the artist whenever they pass by their work. This was such a fun study for all of us and I look forward to doing a few more with different artist throughout the summer. 

Key notes to discuss with you child 
  • What do you see?
  • Are the painting strokes soft of hard?
  • If child is older discuss Impressionism in more detail (show other famous Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt is a great example since she was directly influenced by Monet) 
  • What time of the day do you think this was painted based on the light
  • do a day long nature study about light on subject. Have them paint or photograph the same subject and discuss the differences. 

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