Monthly Archives: January 2010

watercolor

Last June-ish, the Parakeet became fascinated with the Waldorf philosophy of education.  She met a teacher from the school in Chicago.  She read blogs by moms of kids in Waldorf-style settings and she checked out a book from the library, “you are your child’s first teacher”.
The emphasis on art and nature appealed to her.  She has tried to expose Owen to both of these things as early as possible.  She probably  couldn’t afford to send Owen to school there and she is not totally down with their spiritual philosophy, but it is all quite interesting.
Anyway – one of the first creative activities they recommend for children is water color.  The Huz and Keet bought Owen watercolor paints for Christmas; red, blue, and yellow as recommend in Waldorf education.  Last week, when it was quite cold and they did not have a car, the Parakeet got out the red for Owen.
First, we needed a smock:

Then, he got excited about the color:

Then, we added blue:

Little O had a great time.  The drips were stressing him out though as he  constantly kept saying, “Oh noo…., Oh no….”.  The Parakeet finally put a towel under the table and tried to explain that it’s ok to make a mess with art.  This does not come from her side of the family, by the way – caring about a mess.  That has to be a Russell thing.

So looking forward to more art projects!!

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Christmas Day 2009

**editor’s note:  pics and video will be added later, check back. The Russell computer has suffered an untimely death.

Little O woke up early Christmas morning, about 6AM. The Parakeet was so excited herself that she didn’t try and get him back to sleep.  The Huz had made Little O a new table and GB and Poppy had sent a rocking chair.  The Parakeet knew he would be thrilled to have furniture in his size.  The parakeet gave him some nana and a yummy breakfast cookie.  They woke up the Huz and headed to the living room.
Little O was in the habit of asking for the tree lights to be turned on each morning so he could yell “tada” or “wooooowwww”.  The Parakeet did not want him to discover all the gifts without the Huz.  He was groggy, but she demanded Christmas cheer and handed him the camera. 
As predicted, O was beside himself.  He methodically pulled every scrap of paper off each present, looked at it briefly and then said “Mo, Mo” reaching for another.
Once he realized the little rocking chair was his – he wanted to sit there and open presents.   Fittingly, there was only one gift he did not open all the way – overalls, the only piece of clothing he received.  The Huz and Keet were excited, but Little O is apparently a kid already:  clothes, boring.

Little O was fairly cranky since he woke up at 6 and his silly mom gave him a cookie, so a little after 8 he went back to sleep.  So did the Keet and Huz.  Awesome.
He got back up around ten and they called relatives and played with new stuff.  The Parakeet made a Christmas breakfast of Apple Dew.  Oh, you are wondering what that is? She got the recipe from her mom-in-law a few Christmases ago -crescent rolls wrapped around apples and baked in sugar, butter and mountain Dew.  Definitely sweet and yummy.  Also definitely a once a year treat.
Little O decided he’d have another nap around one and the Huz and Keet didn’t know what to do with themselves.  No obligations. No plans.  The Parakeet read her book and the Huz did some crossword puzzles.  It was glorious. 
Then, in the afternoon, they got to a project the Parakeet had been dreaming of: making sugar cookies with O!  The little family all gathered in the kitchen around the new little table.  They cut out santa, stocking, and reindeer shapes.  They iced and sprinkled.  Little O snuck more dough than anyone realized and was quickly hyper with a capital H.
He was running laps around the house babbling and then would all of a sudden drop and crawl.  When he crawled he let his tongue hang out and panted.  Seriously.  Can we say first sugar high? 
He crashed and went to bed right on time .  The Parakeet made steaks, potatoes, and a little salad for she and the Huz.  A quiet, lovely Christmas dinner.
They felt happy as they finished their first holiday ‘alone’ knowing that the truth was they really were not.

Making Cookies!!!

Simple Holiday

The Parakeet, the Huz, and Little O decided a few months ago to stay in Chicago for Christmas.  Little O wasn’t such a fan of the car and their wallets weren’t such fans of flying.  It seemed to make a lot of sense.  If the Parakeet were totally honest, it was a relief making that choice. She felt herself relax as soon as the decision was made- getting her boys ready for a vacation isn’t such a calming task.
So, December came in a whirlwind.  The Parakeet decided to go for a promotion with Arbonne and was meeting with people, doing home parties, and on the phone or computer quite a lot.  The Huz got some surprise furniture orders and was opening a show at Lookingglass.  They were busy.  So a lot of their usual advent and holiday preparation went by the way side.  Will you accept these posts as your Christmas card?

They did manage to decorate and put a tree  up, though.  Each morning Little O came out and pointed to the outlet “Off! Off!”  He says ‘off’ for off and on, right now.  The Parakeet would plug in the lights, he would look at the tree and say, “Wow” – more accurately ‘Bwwooooowwww’.   Then, he would look up at her and grin. What a kiddo.

He also received an Advent Calendar from his Grandma the Great in Missouri.  Each Day after dinner the Parakeet took him over to get a present. He was so excited!  He couldn’t even eat a lot of the candy, but he wanted to know what was under that paper.  Of course, he also loved throwing the wrapping paper away each time. “Sash, Sash”.  That is trash for those unschooled in toddler talk.

Christmas Eve started uneventfully as the bird went into the office for a little bit.  When she got home, she and the Huz went on a cleaning spree.  She was desparate to have a clean home for Christmas Day.  The Huz is not quick to do chores, but when he does – he doesn’t do them half-way.  The floors were sparkling and once O was up from his nap- they were all thrilled to sit and look at their decorations free from clutter.  Church was at 5PM.  They managed to make it on time.  The Parakeet’s original plan to have the Huz and O in matching vests and cowboy boots didn’t quite pan out, but everyone made a good showing.

It was the first service O stayed in the sanctuary in many months.  Since he started walking, he’s been going to nursery.  So, that was a bit of an adventure.  The Huz became really good at grabbing him before he made it to the aisle and the ziploc bag full of wheat thins the Parakeet had stored in the diaper bag turned out to be clutch.   He went up front for the Children’s sermon (with the Keet) but mostly wanted to try and pull down the advent wreath, so they settled for squirming in mama’s lap.

When they got home from church, Little O opened a special Christmas Eve present from GB and Poppy – jamies!  After a brief photo shoot in front of the tree, they tucked him into bed.  The Adults of the house enjoyed chili from the crockpot and Christmas tunes on the radio.  Mama wrapped the rest of the gifts and Dada headed to Santa’s workshop  to pick up the big surprise for morning.

There were lots of phone calls with relatives all day – their first Christmas Eve alone -but it was simple and relaxing, so while they missed some of the hubbub of visiting family, they reminded themselves they had all that was really important.