Archive for April 23rd, 2008

gorbella’s green day experience…

jasper and i got all painty and dirt-covered this morning and it was worth it! 

gorbella’s was having an earth day inspired event today and we got dressed ready to get dirt on our hands and paint on our clothes…well, jasper lilith got dressed for that anyway, i didn’t…i still got all painted up but that’s ok, they are just jeans 🙂

we met some of our playgroup moms & kiddos at the park (another gorgeous mansfield park that i have never been to!!  heather, this little town must be throwing all kinds of money at their parks because they are beautiful, big and well-maintained…throw some of that parkness our way, mansfield!!)  we signed in, got our terra cotta pot and paints and proceeded to double-dip paint brushes, eat markers, paint up my jeans, paint up ellie, play with stickers and, incidentally, paint the pot 🙂

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jasper kept wanting to pick the pot up and i finally had to flip it over so she didn’t have the edge to grab…once i did that, she got serious about painting…

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like all talented artists, jasper lilith knew when to stop…since i couldn’t see the Big Stop Sign that she did, i kept giving her markers, crayons, more paint and stickers to try to get her to paint more but she would have none of them…at that point, she got upset when i dared to mark on her pot (i was thinking to encourage her, sheesh!) and just wanted to play in the paint pots…so i finally grokked that she was finished with the pot and let her paint up her paper plate instead…which she did with glee…

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she is spooning wildflower seeds into the pot…

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now she is dumping them into the soil…after about 3 spoonfuls, i had to take it away from her!

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clever girl – using the spilled dirt to finish the pot off…

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and the final result…taaaa-daaaaaaaahhhhh!

dragons do exist!

heather, avert your eyes!!  no, i am kidding – the dragon is for duncan, i guess that means you can see it 🙂

but houston, we have a Problem because jasper lilith has fallen in love with this two headed dragon!  she talks to it, she carries it around, she pets it and tries to tie her beloved balloon (and that is another story!)…this morning i could hear her asking for something and i walk in to find her trying her very, very hardest to stretch another 3 feet and get that dragon…right out of the gift bag that clearly reads “duncan” on it 🙂

now it has been suggested to me that this love affair simply exists because the toy is new (jon!) but whatever the reason, it is funny to watch!  i am curious (and slightly worried) about how she is going to react when duncan opens his present and she sees what she considers to be her dragon in there!  i think my first mistake was to let her see it at all…my second mistake was to let her hold it!

will there be tears?  will there be screaming?  will there be calm acceptance?  will there be copious amounts of distraction from Her Parents?  will there be (jon, cover your eyes) another dragon for jasper alone? 

tune in next week to find out!  same bat time!!  same bat channel!!