May 23, 2017

Art of the Week – Hot Air Balloon


I would like to ride in Tad’s beautiful balloon.

The hot air balloon and basket were drawn on a separate piece of paper, colored with colored pencils (which were then smudged up and “painted” with baby oil to give it a smoother and more painted effect.  Baby oil on colored pencils!  Who knew?), and then cut out.  The background paper was done with pastels (not sure if they were oil or chalk, but I think oil), and then the balloon and basket were attached to the background paper with what I call “dimensionals” when I do my rubber stamping – pieces of foam sticker that give the art a 3-D effect.  The basket’s ropes to the balloon are actually drawn on the background paper.

And the weather here was so picture-perfect warm that it reminded me that very soon, it will be hot air balloon season around here.  I remember many nights playing in the backyard at home, watching the hot air balloons overhead.  The kids enjoy looking for them now, when they are at Grandma and Gichan’s house on summer evenings.

May 22, 2017

I Want To Ride My Bicycle


We got Tad a new bike last year after it was clear that he had outgrown his previous one, and like Ane’s bike, we ordered it off Amazon.  But because the kids have been so addicted to their scooters for a while now, we haven’t bothered to put it together.  But apparently the neighbor kids are moving on, because they all appeared out on bikes the other night, which meant Ane (who is really too tall for her scooter now anyway) went and got her bike out, and Tad and Rerun…. were still on their scooters.

At this point the Webmaster said, “I should really get Tad’s bike put together.  It really won’t take that long.”

And he was right!  But it did take long enough that by the time the Webmaster was finished putting it together on Wednesday, dusk was falling and there wasn’t much time for more than a height measurement to make sure the seat wasn’t too tall, and then a quick spin around the cul-de-sac, before putting it away.

On Sunday, though, the boys had the entire beautiful sunny afternoon.

And I got to see the new bike in action.

I think he likes it!

Now, to convince Rerun to ride a bike without training wheels….

May 19, 2017

Flashback Friday


Facebook is not helping when I see pictures like this popping up in the “On This Day” memories section:

I miss that little baby so much!  I love my preschooler, but he was the sweetest baby.

Which brings up this conversation between myself and Tad this week, as we were walking to the car…

Tad: “Why do you call Thumper ‘Babykins’?”

Me: “Because he’s my last baby, so I call him that sometimes!”

Tad: “Why is he the last baby?”

Me: “Don’t you think the four of you are enough for me to handle? (jokingly) I’m getting too old for this!”

Tad: (nods sagely) “Like Abraham and Sarah were too old to have kids.”

Me: (stops dead in tracks) “No, NOT like that!”

Happy weekend, everyone!

May 18, 2017

Getting A Workout


Thumper’s new physical therapy goal – learn to pedal a trike!

This is easier at the Autism Center – after all, it’s indoors and Thumper can pedal down a nice, smooth, carpeted hallway.  During home therapy, it can be a little trickier.  We have to look for breaks in the rain, and then hustle outside to get some pedaling time in before it starts raining again.

His pedaling has really begun to improve!  His steering still needs work.