Whew. ok, I'm back. Deadline is passed and accomplished. Sorry to be vague, I was writing a grant application and it was no fun and boring. But it is done, and written and hand delivered to where it was supposed to go and the best thing about it is now I never have to write that grant again. Done.
And since I finished it, I had to celebrate. So I've spent the past few days a) catching up on housework and laundry that I'd been neglecting, and b) doing a ton of baking. Oh wait, that's hardly celebratory. I also started cutting out a fun new quilt project and I finally treated myself to watching season three of The Walking Dead. Its so nice to spend a few nights settling back on the couch and disappearing down the entertainment vortex (even if it is entertainment of the slightly stressful variety, as The Walking Dead most definitely is). Definitely edge of the seat watching. Or more accurately, if you are me, curled up in a ball in the corner of the couch with my knees up to my chest and my hands to the sides of my face, HomeAlone style. Ready to cover my eyes at a moment's notice. And also I yell at the TV alot. Hubs too. Lots of "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!" and "No, NO!" and "COME on!" I know, it sounds terrible, but really, its a lot of fun.
Anyhoo, my point is, I'm back. Sorry I have neglected the blog so much. Its positively dusty around here!
So here's what we've been doing lately. Drawing, lots and lots of drawing. Of course, Hubs and I are both artists, so its not really surprising that our kid draws. Though I have to say, I am not really an artist of the drawing variety, and really have no major skills in that area. When I make art it is mostly at the sewing machine or the cutting table. So the Little Dude does not get a lot of drawing skills from me, either genetically or of the modeling variety from me. He definitely sees Hubs drawing though, and certainly sits down to draw with him from time to time. But in the past I've felt guilty about how little I "make art" with my kids. Because often my free time priority it to get my own art done, in which case I'm busy doing my own thing, encouraging them to play on their own, and not really facilitating art activity for them. But lately the Little Dude has been putting pencil to paper of his own accord and doing some very fun things. For example, this whimsical little assortment of fruits and veggies. He was inspired by a picture that his little brother brought home from the library, of some broccoli and carrots with faces. He asked Hubs to draw some food with faces for him, and those ones in the back row (which look obviously done by an adult) were indeed done by Hubs. But the front row is all the Little Dude's handiwork, and I have to say, I love them. They are from left to right, a pumpkin, a bunch of asparagus, a wedge of speckled cheese, a lemon, a mushroom, a banana (natch), more cheese (I think he misses cheese. sigh.) a stalk of celery, and my favourite; that tall guy is a plucked turkey, all ready to cook. He had so much fun drawing the shapes and adding the faces and then cutting them all out. It was so great to listen to his excited chatter as he worked away at it all. Also, I like how some of them look terrified instead of happy (like that poor mushroom) but I don't think that was intentional.
Then the other day, while I was absorbed with my own work, he did this: What is funny about this, is that thing there on the right is a rubber stamp of a jar. The kids have a lot of rubber stamps (cars, trucks, letters, etc) but this is one that I bought for myself because it caught my fancy. And rubber stamps can be kind of expensive so I put this one up on the shelf with my stuff, and have selfishly not let the kids use it yet. I wanted a chance to make something with it before it got all inked up and fingerprint smudgy as all the kids stamps do. But I haven't gotten around to it yet. And on this particular occasion the Little Dude came over to where I was working with the stamp in his hand and was going on about how he knew this was my stamp and he wasn't going to stamp with it, but could he use it to draw with? and I, concentrating on whatever it was I was doing muttered, "Sure Bub, just no ink pads, ok." and off he went with it. And a few minutes later came back with his drawing of the jar stamp. I realize now, looking at the picture that he drew it from the rubber stamp side, not the picture side, as I can see in the direction of that little curved line at the bottom. I know its not the most amazing thing you've ever seen, but I was impressed that, as a five year old, he made the careful effort to draw every line.
He really takes the time to LOOK which is of course, lesson number one in drawing. I remember teachers saying to me, "really look at it and draw what you SEE, not what you think is there." It gives me such pleasure to watch him looking carefully at what he wants to draw...
And here is the ninja (with angry eyes) that he drew onto the pumpkin that he plans to carve. I don't know how its going to get carved, but frankly, that is Hubs' problem. They'll figure that out tomorrow. He sure had fun drawing it though. And over on the side, under his hand is a cat with a rat in its mouth that he is adding some blood to. After all, it is Hallowe'en.