Archive for April, 2015

The “Ah-Ha” Moment

April 29, 2015

We’ve been drawing faces on and off for a while now. Talking about the shape of the face, how many eyes, where they should go, nose, mouth, all that good stuff. And over time, Keane’s face drawings have evolved from wild scribbles and me pretending I could see the various features of what Keane told me were faces, to actual identifiable more accurate depictions of a face. But today something clicked. Today while we sat drawing pictures of Daddy, Keane realized that Daddy needed legs, and arms, and feet, and just like that, he drew him some. He was so excited and proud of his work that he then wanted to draw a picture of himself, but with faster legs than Daddy, so he did.

One doesn’t come to the realization that people should have arms, legs and feet without intense concentration.

Loving his own work.

And here they are, Keane’s first legit drawings of people. Daddy is obviously the picture on the right, Keane wanted to give him a silly face, hence the wobbly mouth. And his self portrait is on the left. He decided to give himself a happy face cos he had fast legs. Both these pictures are now framed and hanging in Daddy’s office.

Fun in the Sun

April 26, 2015

Keane had his school “Fun in the Sun” day on Friday, or if we were in Ireland, we’d be calling it a “Field Day”. And it was everything a Field Day should be, for a 2 yr old. Keane got to partake in some parachute games, his first a tug-a-war, some bean-bag tosses, a craft station and of course the old reliable bouncy castle. Cullen also got to tag along and join in some of the big kid fun. So you can only imagine how busy this momma was trying to chase an inquisitive 1 year around the place as well as cheer and take photos for her 2 yr old doing his various activities. Lets just say Keane wasn’t the only person wore the feck out at the end of the day.

The morning kicked off with a school photo. This is Keane with his class mates as well as the boys and girls from the 3 and 4 yr old classes.

Now who is this curious little body watching from the sidelines?

Its Cullen!

Some parachute fun.

This is the tug-a-war.

Keane’s teacher Ms. Debbie does her best to explain what a tug-a-war is and how to hold the rope.

Keane’s side is ready.

Keane’s side didn’t really understand the “pull” element of the game and ended up getting dragged forward by the other side.

But very quickly they figured out the concept and thats when the effort was stepped up and Keane’s side began “using their muscles” to get themselves back in contention.

Classmate Julian hits the deck, but eventually the rope was dragged back and they were the winners.

A little fun at the bubble station.

Keane tries to teach Cullen how to bean-bag toss.

Break for a snack.

Cullen does an eat-and-run, anxious to get back to the action.

Then there was this, the beloved bouncy castle.

The Art Barn

April 23, 2015

Ok, get ready, lots and lots of photos to share from our amazing trip to The Art Barn this week. Parents, if you looking for a hands-on, extremely child friendly farm experience for your kids and you live Georgia, definitely check this place out. Our boys had an absolute blast, as your about to see.

So this is the “art” part of the day. A fun little art room where the kids get to paint whatever they want before they head off to explore the farm.

Harvey wants to but is a little unsure about touching the donkeys.

Keane loved being able to get so close and befriend this tired fella.

Cannon helps one of the farmers give this donkey a rub down.

Cullen was more into the chickens.

Wyatt and Harvey head off to check on a noisy rooster.

I would lay down if I was this big too.

Daddy helps Keane get a closer look.

And Cullen too.

Brothers.

More brothers and Cullen doing his little creeper thing in the background.

Wyatt fixated on the roosters.

Waiting for the tractor.

Love this moment between Keane and Cannon, having a chat about all things tractor.

Its here!

Time to climb aboard.

Farmer Sue talks to the kids about all things chicken and duck and egg.

Wyatt listening.

Cannon and Keane listening.

These 2 birds just chillin behind Cannon and Keane’s head are also listening and/or having a gossip.

Time to pet the baby chickens.

Cullen stood over the baby ducks for several minutes yelling “quack-quack” at them.

Time to watch the ducks take a bath.

The littles exploring the tractor.

Keane sees the tractor heading off on another ride.

And decides to take chase.

Cullen’s sees Keane take off and wonders what in the world he’s up to.

The perfect tree for even more photos.

Group shot!

Let The Sun Shine

April 21, 2015

Behold, the rain has stopped and to celebrate we spent our day painting, feeding the animals, collecting eggs, riding the tractor and bathing some baby ducks. Amazing play date with our best buds on a farm today, and just to give me enough time to go through the way too many photos I shot, I’ll go ahead and both distract and tease you with this adorable photo of all of our little farm hands.

Guess what? Its still raining, but we continue to power on with most of our planned outdoor activities and playdates like its a balmy 20 degrees and sunny. We just have to remember to pack a change of clothes, cos these boys believe in going big or going home. If your gonna get wet, get all wet.

Saturday evening we met with our little friend Wyatt for some playground fun, but not wanting to subject my camera to any more rain exposure for fear of water damage (thats how my last camera died) I captured a little of their fun on my trusty iPhone. Much cheaper to replace the phone then the camera.

You’ll notice from our little playground collage that Cullen wasn’t happy just getting wet from the rain, no, he wanted to get even wetter, so he found himself a faucet to stand under. Also, this week Keane is in a “wear my helmet everywhere” phase, so that why he’s wearing his helmet, everywhere.