Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Harry will endure (almost) anything. No danger of LAD being bitten, Harry has very few teeth left, at least in the front! (not that Harry would be inclined to bite) However, he might slime you with his icky chin. It's almost as gross as this. Anything for attention.
Is it child labor when they WANT to work? Works for me! He made most of the mess, afterall.
After working in my new art journals recently I've been inspired to break out the watercolors. These things are antiques. Holy crap I'm getting old. I've probably had most of these for at least 22 or 23 years. Some are hardened completely, but most have some juicyness left to them. I've actually been hunting for them for a while and finally ran across them while digging for something else. I had considered buying some new ones but they weren't on sale at Hobby Lobby when I was there looking and they cost at least double or more of these that I already have, so we'll go with these for now. I scrubbed out the old paint crusted in this palette and two others that are larger. Thought I'd just start with this on and see how it goes...
Yeah, pliers required. Left a spot for another green of some sort. The Thalo Green I had was hard as a rock!
LAD found this old headset in the cedar chest. Ready for take off.
LAD and I came up with a new kind of pizza..."Pepperoni on the side". Ooops, I forgot to put it on until it was 2 minutes from being done baking. Oh well, he didn't mind!
LAD and I had dentist appointments this week. Our appointments were at 2:15 and LAD didn't take a nap at all at daycare, not that he didn't have the opportunity to do so. I was worried he might be a little grouchy, but he was a trooper and did a fine job. She cleaned us all up and the dentist checked us out and we were good to go! The hygienist started talking about bugs, the sugar bugs, so that's been the new term and incentive for brushing this week. Got to get those sugar bugs out. LAD's all about getting the bugs out.
We subscribe to Turtle magazine and the latest issue had instructions to make a rocket. So we finally finished a roll of paper towels and were in the rocket business. It is also adorned with Lightning McQueen and friends stickers. And a few butterflies and ladybugs thrown in for good measure.
New babies are arriving at the ISU horse barns...
LAD and friends art of the day.
Today, Saturday, we drove to Des Moines, rainy, soggy. No plowing today.
LAD endured a trip to the scrapbook store, so this was my endurance. A learning/toy store next door to the SB store, how convenient. Coming here was bribery to keep him in the stroller while I shopped. We actually didn't buy a thing, not like he needs anything. They had a lot of demo toys out. Of course LAD eventually found the train table.
He also found a scooter, like this, and he hopped on the thing and rode it, just like the horse, like he had been riding it his whole life. Not sure if he's rode one at day care or not, I've never seen any there, but he certainly knew what and how to do it. There was another girl riding it before he hopped on it, maybe that was enough.
Preparing for Inspired Artist Workshop. It will be interesting packing all this stuff to carry on the airline...
Monday, April 20, 2009
After the parade we walked around a bit, went to the petting zoo of farm animals, and household pets, such as gerbils, ferrets and snakes. yeah, snakes. We bought ice cream from the dairy club, it's home made and we had chocolate, of course! Very tasty.
The Equestrian club was giving rides and I asked LAD if he would like to ride a horse "Oh yes, I love horses" . I see a pattern here. I asked him several times and the answer was always yes. I had my doubts he would really ride it, but he seemed to have no hesitation. So I shucked out my 6 bucks, yes 6.
He found a helmet, we waited our turn, rather patiently, I might add, and when it was his turn, he just hopped on up there like he had done it his whole life. No fear, no hesitation. They proceeded to circle the pen a dozen or so times and I think he talked non-stop. He was relaxed and just went with the flow. His homely steed was named Flash and he got a giant hug after the ride was over.
After we had all of Veisha we could stand we went to Hobby Lobby, where we found a "treasure chest". It is now full of parade candy. This nap on the way home was the first passey/blankey free event. Whoo Hoo, maybe we're on the downhill slide...
Friday, April 17, 2009
LAD: Tell me about this creature, mom.
This afternoon, after school/work...
I gave him some chex mix stuff and a bottle of water.
LAD: This is wonderful mom.
I got a box in the mail today and it had this giant sheet of kraft paper for packing. I told LAD we could make a map out of it. Winnie the Pooh and friends have a great adventure (movie) and Little Einsteins (book) go on a treasure hunt so he's been interested in maps lately.
LAD: Draw skullasaurus Mom.
ME: OK (thinking what the hell is skullasaurus and how the hell might you spell it.)
This seemed to satisfy him. Had to also draw all the Pooh crew.
He talked so much this evening it would have filled an entire book.
He cracks me up!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A chilly morning makes for cold boy posing for photo shoot!
It looks like he was trying to make a break for it the way we're holding on to him!
His belly wasn't this clean when we finished the whole dozen!
He counted 14...
Yep, he managed to get them all picked up at once!
Saturday was a perfect spring day. 60s, sunny and not much wind!
He's figuring it out...
Practicing up to go see G'ma Airplane...
Hopeful... If you water dirt, what grows? We'll see soon enough. This is what you get when you don't water rocks...
See G'pa Airplane, he's not lazy. He's just 3. We moved the sandbox from the garden to the playground.
What's more fun to play in, a sand-box or a sand-barrow?
Look ma, no hands...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So that was almost two weeks ago and that's what we've been doing ever since. He has a hard time in the car, still asks for it, I think for more of a boredom buster than anything. He has been a little moody these past days, but it's getting easier I think.
He doesn't have too much problem not getting it in the evening when we get home because I tell him if he gets it he has to go to bed, and that's the LAST thing he would possibly want to do. However I have heard him mention "getting tired" and "let's go to bed" a few more times recently! So we'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Yesterday it was 60 degrees and pleasant. Today, it snowed. All Day. We probably got about 6 inches. This was about 8 am, just getting a good start at sleety drizzle stuff. Notice the pesky squirrel at the bottom. We had to raise the squirrel deterent up a little higher, but i noticed later in the day he managed to get up to the feeder and shake out all the seed.
This poor bird was hanging out on the downwind side of the storm. I stalked it for a good while before I figured out what kind it finally was. When I first saw it I at first thought woodpecker family and turns out, that's correct, she, because there is no mustache, which according to my bird book, girls don't have, is a Common Flicker. She has a pretty unique pattern on her chest which is all fluffed out. Finally after viewing her thru the lens several times I caught the red color at the back of her neck and that clenched it. It was so gray out it was almost like a trick to the eye to be sure it was really red!
Here you can see her profile towards the bottom of the tree on the left side of the photo.
Harry joined in the bird stalking as well. He looks kind of torqued here, but he really wasn't. LAD had just finished petting him and his ear was bent funny, I think he needed it scratched.
This Robin is probably thinking why the hell did I came back so soon!
Another bird stalker, not enough activity for him!
I think she was trying to catch a nap here, she tucked her head in for a short snooze.
Here you can really see the red. I finally cracked open the east window and could just barely see her from that angle.
Did you know that bubbles actually do pretty well in the snow. They don't pop immediately when they land on it. Quite fascinating actually. That's a large one LAD is reaching for in this photo.
We built a snow man. Actually he was more of a snow blob. But he did have arms, 3, a hat and a rocket launcher nose.
Here you can see the Snow Man Blob in the upper part. He was the driveway guardian. Red rocked in foreground. LAD and Rocket also went sledding, but it was not so good, too wet.