Archive for July, 2016

Lets Make a Mess

July 12, 2016

I spent most of the weekend trying to keep the house in some sort of order. We had people coming to visit and I was trying my best not to be seen in our natural state of mess and chaos. But its absolutely no joke trying to keep up with the trail of destruction 2 boys can cause in the blink of an eye. I became crazy obsessive compulsive mom, literally following them around, brush in one hand vacuum in the other, sucking and sweeping as they dropped.  ”Can we just try keeping all the toys in the play room for one f*#king day (didn’t really use the word f*#king (out loud) but wanted to)”? “No, you can use the couch cushions to build a tunnel after our friends leave“. “No toilet paper gliders are to be thrown from upstairs until further notice.” “Hey, why don’t we do all of our eating of meals, snacking of snacks and drinking of beverages over the sink and/or bin, just for today, so we can, you know, keep messes and spills to a minimum??” Even the 2 year old gave me a “bitch has lost it” look on that last statement. By the time Monday rolled around I was exhausted, exhausted by my temporary role as obsessive compulsive mom, exhausted pretending like ours is a house that is constantly clean, tidy and orderly. It was time to drop the act and celebrate by doing what we do best, making a mess.

Who wants to paint?? I’ve done this particular activity with the boys before, but they love it, so no reason not to do it again. Especially since we’d just been to that art gallery.

As usual the hands are the first things to get painted.

Its looking like there’ll be more than one bath happening today.

With Cullen there’ll always be a truck involved.

With Keane its all about the dinosaurs.

A T-Rex original piece.

Nothing worse than waiting for paint to dry. Keane helps to speed up the process.

A race car, painted by momma, hung by Cullen.

I hep you paint the tow truck momma“. And by help he means he yelled at me for not giving the truck eyes and teeth. So I quickly fixed that oversight.

Keane’s masterpieces, 2 dinosaurs.

Not So Kid Friendly

July 7, 2016

I’m still struggling to understand why a museum puts on an art display aimed at kids in the toddler to 6 year old age range, then has its staff hover over you as you make your way around, watching with disapproving eyes and faces that leave you feeling like your child is acting completely inappropriately and therefore not welcome at the museum. It was so stressful. My kids love the Eric Carle books and were so excited to go to the museum and see all the familiar paintings his stories are based on. They acted like children the entire time, happy, curious and excited, yet this was apparently not the behavior the museum wanted to see for them. Ideally I think they would have preferred that all the children coming to enjoy the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” exhibit do so from a state of sleep. I was on edge the entire time, fighting a constant urge to check my kids, even though they weren’t doing anything wrong. But I sucked up the judgmental presence of the staff, let the boys enjoy the exhibit and resisted the desire to just leave. High Museum of Atlanta, today I award you the winner of the “Kid Unfriendly Award”, for being so unfriendly.

Staff presences aside, it was actually a really cute exhibit.

Keane and our friend Wyatt and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Cullen’s reaction to seeing the caterpillar, pure joy.

Art pieces from some of Carle’s other books.

Little painting impersonators.

Wyatt the choo-choo fan.

Inspired to flamingo, by the flamingo.

Loves ladybugs.

Wyatt shows great patience in waiting his turn.

Lounge mode.

The 2 minutes they all stopped to read about the paintings.

The playroom, where we met up with our friend Bryson.

Weird little hand puppets that surprisingly didn’t freak everyone out.

Working on the light and shine puzzle.

Now the outside play zone was fun and unique.


4th Of July 2016

July 4, 2016

For the first year in about 4, its been a rain free 4th of July. So we took full advantage and did everything you’re suppose to do to celebrate American Independence, starting with an early morning parade. This was the first time the boys had been to a parade, and waving flags while cheering for firemen, policemen and soldiers was all they could talk about.

Claiming their spot for the best viewing action.

The sport of spectator is a serious business, one should always make sure to stretch beforehand.

Here we go with a vintage firetruck.

The parade is in full swing, as is our enthusiasm.

The reliable boy scouts.

Hooray for the firemen.

Cullen was so excited to see the fire trucks and the firemen, until one was standing right in front of him.

Mini fireman.

City of Marietta mascot…

…with a handshake for Keane.

A bunch of Scarlet O’Hara’s.

The soldiers.

And the veterans.

Later that evening it was back to the Square for the fireworks display.

Keane brought his sleeping bag so he could camp and nap if he got tired.

The show begins.

Naked Play

July 3, 2016

If you think there’s nakedness at play here you’d be right. We are heading for some record breaking heat here in the US, just in time for our 4th of July celebrations. So much of the boys garden play is happening in a state of au natural. Can only get away with this type of behavior for a short number of years before you end up arrested, so may as well take full advantage.