It’s a Shada. I mean the Amaryllis.
A Bromeliad with tadpoles from a from a frog.
A daffodil. I mean a daisy.
A Rainbow Tada
Look, I can make all different kinds of green. I just put the blue first and then I put the green. I can make all different kinds of colors. This is not my favorite color- this is my favorite color. Ah, I can control the shades of blue too. That’s cool. What will happen if that happens? Not. What will happen if I mix this color and this color and a little bit of this color together? Pretty! This color, dip, and this color, this color, what does that make? Blue, pretty! Tip, tip, a little bit of this color. Pretty! And a little of this color. That’s shading pretty.
[Singing]Set it in the sunshine, you’ll be my girl. Set it in the sunshine, next to me. You’ll be my girl forever long.
Yes, it’s for experiments. Ex. per. EEE. mints. Okay, I’ve got it. Now it’s got its normal color again. Yay, I’m free. Okay, here goes. Did it. Me and my all natural color. Um. A little of that there. Me and my free free natural color. Okay, a little more of that one, and [grunting] a little more of that one. Weee, and my own natural color.
[Singing] You’ll be around forever long and you’ll be my heart. You’ll be in my heart, yes you will, you’ll be in my heart forever long. By yourself, in my heart. You’ll be a heart forever long. Let me see how much you’ve got, when I finally come to stop. I love the way comets zoom. I love the way comets zoom. I’ll be around forever. Dooo doo do dooo doduloodle doodle doodle. You’ll be around forever long and I’ll call you….
I just stuck my paintbrush in the green and it was so much water I couldn’t even see the paint brush because there’s so much green.
[Singing] You’ll be in my heart forever long, you’ll be in my harvest. Stuck my paintbrush in the blue, color color color wooo. Color color color woo. I will be around forever long, if I call your name.
It doesn’t really have a story, I told you. Maybe just a dream or something. I just used all the different colors. It has lots of colors. I did use red, but it has something in it that color. I just made it for you. And it’s so dry that it’s kind of patterny. Feel it. It’s like putting make-up on. I’m putting make-up on, Mama. Hey, are my cheeks turning green?
It’s really really fall now, and that means more indoor adventures. We have a great collection of favorite places now that we have lived in Tacoma for a few years, and the top favorite remains the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. These days, there aren’t very many places where kids can practice making their own choices and controlling themselves without worrying too much about mistakes. We love the Museum because it’s a safe place to take some risks and jump into exploring. It’s full of things to touch, press, spill, climb, splash, pour, drop, paint, squish, and pile up.
“I like painting and I like playing. And I like painting butterflies.” -Edie
Our recent visits included some great interactive community sculpture. Above, Edie investigates a jump set where kids have been rolling wheels through paint and down the slopes. We check out the tracks left behind by everyone’s wheels. In another room, a potter’s wheel provides a spinning surface for bull’s eye drawings. Edie admires rainbow collection and adds one of her own, while Rory manipulates the mirrors and light tables nearby.
Both kids work together on the dials and toggles in the cockpit. Rory throws a switch back and forth intently. Edie zooms in to count the numbers on a pressure valve.
Rory discovered a new friend inside this under-stairs cave. He pops back out to introduce me and add his board to the peg panel just outside.
Each of our favorite places around town invite us to engage and participate in a different way. The Museum always provokes us to see the world in a new way. It’s so hard to leave, and we can never wait to go back!
Once upon a timed there was a old Eiffel tower and it was piled out of stones to make a Eiffel tower. And that old Eiffel tower grew and grew and grew until it was as tall as the sky. It reached all the way up to heaven. And that Eiffel tower grew and grew once again and that huge little Eiffel tower fell, fell, Fell, FELL until it squashed people’s homes. That’s the end.
Still slowly recovering from fifth disease, it’s time to get some sun and do restful things. This decorated rock for installation.
This is Rainbow Brainbow land. Belle is swimming in the aqua pool.
We finally have some flowers for picking. Edie has arranged them in her birthday vases.
Okay, now if we can just kick these germs.
As we’ve settled back into a rhythm here in the White House, I have been able to get intentional about how we spend our time. While we never get through everything perfectly on time, Edie has come to expect her playtime with Mama, adventure time, and “preschool” to happen in a certain order, and she even color-coded her own chart so she can predict snacks, jobs, and bedtime.
Like I said, we don’t always stick very close and most schedule items are pretty interpretive. But it helps us make sure we get through the stuff that’s important to us at least a few times each week.
One of the best effects of getting more predictable and planning ahead is that we are finally making time for creative activities. Especially since I’ve been thinking about what our family needs from our home, a lot of those little personal touches are on my mind, and Edie is happy to pitch in putting some color in new places. A few days ago we tried out some wax relief painting on canvases I had been holding on to for a long time. Today, we painted with cake tempera and glitter paints on a simple stool I picked up at an estate sale while in college. It’s been waiting for it’s glitzy makeover for a long time:
Unfortunately I never seem to have a clean hand to snap photos until Edie is off on her next adventure, but these shots should give you an idea of what she’s been up to.
Meanwhile Rory has been adapting well to having a bit of rhythm as well. Since I have him in the Ergo (thanks again, Uncle Patrick and Auntie Kim) for a few predicable portions of the day, and lay down with him at least part of the time Edie naps, he’s beginning to settle into a three nap day, as well as sleeping beautifully next to me all night. You know, most nights. More importantly, he gave a really solid, hilarious giggle yesterday, which Edie and I both found intoxicating and addictive in the best way. Since then we have been speculating on what exactly could be funny to babies, because we simply must get him to replicate that laugh. Oh man.
Iris come over to my house and sleep on Aydan’s bed. On the floor. Let’s go to a museum. Where are we? Iris, look, it’s the big marbles. I don’t touch it. That one is my favorite. I’m ready for the studio. I’m painting. Can I use chalk?
Iris sleeps in my room. Sleep in your bed. She plays with me and she plays with toys. Make faces! In mama’s room.
My friends at art class: Ella, Ellie, and … I don’t know. Anty Janis and Uncle Chuck. Uncle Chuck teach me. Today, today, today. Ta-da! I’m going to do this. We go in a white tent and then the black tent. That be scary! Animals in the black tent. Giraffe is actually my daddy. It’s my daddy!
Eat at art class. Snacks at art class! Like different snack. Me! Uncle Chuck comes to get me. I don’t cry. And hey, mommy, you said, oh, okay. Oozozozo.
Where Gabe go? I want to sit by Gabe. Come here Gabe. Here you go. Play in the water, I need apron. No, it’s mine. Octopus swimming in the water. Jump whale! Put it in this one. I want that.
I need scissors. I cut it. I cut it up. Put glue here. Paint this. At the Museum! It flies up! I go up the slide. No, I don’t go down it.
Go for a walk. No, I don’t hold hands. Do it by myself. Look up, look down, fast feet okay? I need a snack. Here you go Gabe. Put it in the trash. Let’s go. I thirsty. Take a rest.