Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What we've been up to

You know, in the last 20 days.
337: 35
341: Exploring
A little more
346: WIP

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The sequel

It turns out that if you don't blog for a few weeks, never go anywhere, and nap a lot when your in laws come to visit, people start worrying that something is wrong with you. Everything is fine, I'm just pregnant. The baby is due at the end of November, and Moira is super excited. She thanked me for making a baby for her to take care of, and let me know that I need to make another one for me when I'm done with this one, and then one for Daddy. She would also like to name this baby Moira, or possibly Angelina. I have explained to her that people do not belong to anyone, and we will all take care of the baby. I also told her that Mommy and Daddy get to pick the name. Now that we've established those two rules, she mostly asks if it's Thanksgiving yet, because she wants the baby to come out and play. I have promised her that Thanksgiving will not sneak up on her, but she doesn't believe me.
As for me, I'm starting to feel much better, less tired, and more willing to eat. This never happened when I was pregnant with Moira, so I'm pretty excited too. I've picked a midwife, and I'm happy to be giving birth in Washington this time.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

She cried when I put the acrylics away

I decided last year after seeing it in a blog post (on a now private blog, so I can't link to it) that I wanted her to make a "real" painting every year near her birthday.
Paintings for Mother's Day
This is what she made last year. She really wasn't into it, which was probably not helped by me deciding that she needed to make mini ones for her grandparents. I kept her engaged by switching the instrument (brush, sponge, potato masher, fork, whisk) she was painting with with each color, but it was still not her favorite thing ever.
This year she loved it. I let her pick out a new acrylic since I only have printers primaries, black and a brown. She chose Yellow Ochre, which seemed odd given her current obsession with pink, but I didn't complain. It did lead to a rather horrible color of grey mixed with the other brown and black (and all the other colors), but that is the art developmental stage she's in.
In fact, she went through quite an interesting process of underlayers and mixing both in the pallet and on the canvas. There's a lot of texture on this, which is why the final project looks so sparkly. I guarantee that it is just plain griege though, no glitter. Maybe we'll add that next year. She was very excited about her finished artwork. While I was finding the picture hooks, I had to caution her that we don't rub paintings on our clothes, even when they are dry, because she was just too happy to not hug it.
I can't wait to see next years. Maybe we'll buy some sparkly paint.