Category Archives: Art

Cool Pics

My friend has a good friend who is a photographer / artist.  We were able to get a session with her when she came into town this past April – and here is a sample of some of the photos we got:

Could these 2 be any cuter?!

The fam!  So crazy to think we are now a complete family!

Jbird loves his bear…

… and his books!

The photographer is based out of Austin, but comes in to H-town about 2x a year – love her work!

Paint, paint everywhere!

This morning Baby J and I went to art class.  I have been wanting to try this class out, but JJ’s nap schedule has been evolving, so it hasn’t been until now that the timing has worked out.  And it was wild….

Here he is at the beginning of class – look at how clean he is!  Love his adorable smock that Auntie Al gave to us (the other mothers were all, Where did you get that?!  It is perfect!).

Here are some of the kiddies helping to paint the box.  and the buckets of easily accessible paint.

Stepping back to inspect the progress on the box.  He likes what he sees, but knows there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

Baby J is all, I love to paint!

But now he really in taking charge – paint everywhere!  Lips, hands …

… and ear!  But he thinks the box is looking better…

Baby J took a brief break from painting the box to go on to the 2nd station – painting on bubble wrap to make prints!  He’s all business… (notice all the paint in his hair – lots of paint in his hair!)

and here is his bubble wrap print – pretty cool!

Back to the box – the smock is nearly unrecognizable now!

Baby J had a really good time, and that is the most important thing.  Notice all the paint on his feet and literally in between his toes…

Whew!  Being an artist is hard work.  An even better shot of the bottom of his feet.  Paint was really everywhere – even got on his belly under his smock and shirt!

I ended up having to use the tub there – and just trying to get most of the paint off.  J was exhausted afterward – between being in a brand new environment with new adults and kids, and then all the tactile stimulation of the paint and then a tub to boot!  He was begging for “nigh nigh” once we got home.

Here are his clothes before I hosed them down – not sure they will all survive.  They will be his art outfit from now on!

I think I have all the signs of a successful art class:  tubby on site, post-class napping baby, and clothes covered in paint.  I hope we can make it to the next class – but it is the day before my due date!  Maybe PoPo, JJ and I can all go to art class then.


Happy Turkey Day

Today we are heading up on a 3.5 – 4 hour road trip to see my parents for Thanksgiving.  We’ll have turkey and then Baby J will have another 1st bday party
(a.k.a. his official debut party to Mom and Dad’s friends).  I also hope to see some friends, namely My Pal Al and her new baby girl!

Posting will be light, if at all, for the rest of the week.  So I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, surrounded by loved ones and lots of yummy food!

(Don’t you love the art work?!  One of my favorite things about JJ being in school is his coming home with art projects!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them!)


I was always considered the artist of the family, but I think I may have relinquish that title!  Mom always said she was not one bit artistic, but it just took her retiring and getting her first grandchild to tap into her artistic side:

Now she has the perfect subject – although I am sure her art teacher is tired of helping her sketch and paint JJ.  I’d say the likeness is very good – and babies in general are hard to sketch.  Good job, Mom!

Speaking of Baby J, at the ripe old age of 9 months, he came home from school with his first painting, a masterpiece by any measure:

I am so glad his school is fostering his inner artist! I can’t wait until we can do arts and crafts at home, too!

Daily Drop Cap

Tingaling!  Terrific!  Tantalizing! Isn’t this cute?  Just stumbled upon this site via Eat Drink Chic and wanted to use the ‘T’ in something!


When Little E was in town, she drew a picture of JJ – I really loved it and wanted to keep it, but I was told that it was for  her cousin (and another one of our neices) Little C.  HaHA – Little E ended up leaving it here!  So I claim it 🙂

I think the resemblance is uncanny:

She definitely got the big cheeks and little mouth correct!

We are trying to get JJ to sleep more when he is put down for a nap.  So lots of crying going on today…

This is the new chanbelier

Our house is a work-in-progress.  and it seems like things can’t really get done unless there is a hard deadline.  So I told S, my friend and interior designer, that I wanted to have some things in place for JJ’s christening, one of them being new lighting in the kitchen (to replace the heinous builder spec lighting).  I really love both the lanterns over the kitchen table:

and the new, large chandelier over the island:

I wanted both to be put up on Tuesday, before M and fam got into town, but the island chandy wasn’t ready, so that got put up on Friday, when everyone was around.  And I guess it had an impact on Little E, our niece, as she drew this for me:

Isn’t it amazing?!  I want to put it somewhere in the kitchen.  She really is a great kid.  I hope JJ grows up to be a lot like her!

Aren’t they adorable?!  My mom was ready to take her home, she was so enamored with her.  Hopefully they’ll get to see a lot of each other and become close friends.