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Posted on 11. Feb, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
This is seriously the cheapest way to do class valentines ever…you could use collage materials like sheets from the yellow pages that get dumped on your doorstep, brown paper bags, stickers, all the art supplies and paper in the dang cabinet.
I cut out rectangles of drawing paper for every kid in Alice’s class, and she used oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, sharpies, and mostly watercolors to decorate each one. Most of them have hearts, some of them have little aliens or bugs or smiley faces. She wrote her name on the back of each card.
It’s such a simple project for such a sweet memory. Good return on that one.
Posted on 05. Dec, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
Tonight Dave, Alice and I went to member’s night at the Joslyn Art Museum followed by dinner at our favorite place, Block 16. The Joslyn puts together a really nice party for members every month or so with snacks, music, guided tours, and art projects led by their passionate group of volunteers. The museum has recently become one of Alice’s favorite places to go after school, so I try to make it to every event with her.
Thank you, Joslyn Art Museum. My family has so much fun in you.
Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
Yesterday you and Dad and I met Aunt Sarah and Uncle Matt for lunch, and it was so fun to be all crammed into a booth together eating french fries and sandwiches, making jokes, talking over each other. You positively revel in the attention from everyone in your child-raising sphere of influence, and your dad and I are so thankful for the community of love that surrounds you every day. From your teachers and friends at school to my business partner and customers, to your dad’s coworkers and friends, we see love surrounding you from so many extra special people. No matter what you do or say in your life, your dad and I will always love you more than anyone. But you should know that it’s important to have good friends, too. Learn to care and keep your friends, because you will always need a friend. Sometimes your friends will feel like parents. Or like siblings. They are your chosen family–there’s nothing like a really dependable good friend. Nothing. And your dad and I understand that. We look forward to seeing you make years and years of friends.
Here’s what else is new with you, three-and-a-half year old party girl.
- You’re in your second year of Montessori school and you can write your name, “mom,” and “dad,” and you write them on EVERYTHING. Once you said “Here are the names of everyone in my family.” You can also write the alphabet and you’re learning new words every day. (We’re working on the “-at” family now.)
- Building things is your favorite activity. You can spend over an hour working on one structure, and you always strive to use up every single building block.
- You’ve got sort of a preoccupation with dead things. At your school one day, a dead robin was found in the yard and your teacher held an impromptu funeral for it. Your class buried the bird and sang some songs, and talked about robins and the life cycle. You aren’t worried by death–though it’s a hard concept to understand maybe. You play dead sometimes, and you assure me that your stuffed animals “aren’t dead, they’re just sleeping.”
- Good segue into another observation–you aren’t grossed out by anything. You love bugs, witches, rats, playing dead. You asked Santa to bring you a “live spider” this year. Santa will be missing that memo. I’m not as brave as you about some things.
- You love wearing pinback buttons.
- You think that “mail is a decoration for your porch.” Your dad doesn’t pick up the mail much.
- You love to draw. Every night before bed at my house, we draw or paint something together. I’ve been trying to take you to more art things in the community–we went to a Playlab event at the Sweatshop Gallery, we go to the family nights at the Joslyn Art Museum, and the art talks at the Bemis. Last week we walked through the new Emily Fisher Landau collection at the Joslyn, and your fast favorite was a popular Warhol painting called “Myths.” You said it made you feel happy. You looked at it for a long time, calmly, quietly. I just loved you so much then. And always.
- You split equal time between your dad’s house and my apartment each week, and we like that situation because then you aren’t transitioning back and forth too often. You can kind of settle in each week to each place. It’s been about six months of that now.
- You love to send and receive mail. You have your own stationery, which we use.
- Puns and rhymes are the most hilarious things to you, and you are smart about using them in your jokes. My favorite was “Lunchbox, more like fun-chbox.”
- You started taking selfies.
Last night when you and dad and I were at dinner together–pizza–you made a common request: “Let’s have a family hug.” Dad got up from his seat and came around the table to you and me and squeezed us both, as I wrapped my arms around your little waist.
Today is Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for you, Alice. You make me a better woman. You make me love the world more. You make me love other women more. You make me love your father more. You make me criticize myself less. You inspire me to represent the kind of woman I would be proud for you to become. I love the world I get to live in because you are in it. Grateful, thank you, more please.