He’s Moved!

September 28th, 2012

Updates on Mads are now being posted along with his sister at


Homemade Graffiti – Preschooler Fun

September 7th, 2012

Inspired by a chalk painting post, we mixed up our own and went to it:

This is our second batch – we branched out and mixed a few more colors. The recipe (1c corn starch, 1c water, food coloring) made about six muffin cups’ worth of paint.

The paint goes on partially translucent, but dries like chalk.

Maddox is into drawing lines that branch off of each other, making a series of shapes built off each other. Think Mondrian with tangential streaks of color when the artist is moved to chase after and paint or smoosh (respectively) rocks and bugs. Come to think of it, I am pretty sure from Art History lessons that this was also Mondrian’s motivation.

We did circles, a few letters, and lots of lines. Things got a little rowdy towards the end – Mom painted her car tires and Maddox got some paint in his hair.

All in all, a good project. 38 weeks pregnant Mom had to go put on shorts under her dress in order to sit on the driveway without alarming the neighbors and passersby, but other than that, we were good!

Baby # 2’s Room

August 17th, 2012

Maddox has been keeping me company while I set up BabyTwo’s room (note the spatula on the floor – he was cooking while I was cleaning out years of office junk).

The dresser took some hardware finagling to fix up for use (the drawers were falling out, but have since been repaired, Mommy-style). The curtains are donated by my Mom and I had a lot of fun picking out a cute changing table cover.

I also can’t get over the whole pink thing – my sister’s daughters are kindly handing down their clothes, and it is so cool to go through bags and bags of teeny little frilly dresses and fluffy onesies.

We’re using the same chair as last time, but there is a slight difference in the sitter:

Also, the baby will be pretty comfortable, as her bed comes with a living fur comforter. It’s very green and sustainable.

Trains, Rockets and Ponies???

July 29th, 2012

After breakfast at Pat’s Diner, Maddox, Jon and I were driving by the pond when we noticed a few cool things going on:

train at pond

Shortly thereafter:

train ride 1

train ride 2

Jon also wanted to live a childhood dream vicariously:

pony ride

When we got home, we built a rocket ship and dodged mountains and rocks in space, and went to the Home Depot on the moon (newest franchise location).

rocket control panel

All in all, a fun Sunday morning!

Dad’s Rainy Day Baby-Sitting

July 29th, 2012

I asked Jon to please watch Maddox for an hour while I got some work done. When I came out, the first thing Jon said was, “It’s not what it looks like.”

rainy day