Monday, March 15, 2010

keeping it simple

Recently, it seems as though our days have been blurring together, just a little bit. But I feel happy. Inside of me. I think that there may be a 'secret' to life - unique to everyone. My secret may just be to keep it simple. Too bad it only took me three decades to figure that one out! So here we are, happily keeping it simple.

Recently, I heard non-stop chattering coming from downstairs, and when my curiousity finally got to me, I came down to find Adelaide "reading" to Elliot. See how he arches his tail back around her? His bent under front paw? The goofy grin on his face? It's love.

I love it how these two are good together... Adelaide and Elliot are almost always together, and they seem to be able to, somehow, bring the best in each other.

Now that our television is (still, very much, maybe even forever!) broken, Adelaide's desire to do her daily paintings has returned with a vengeance. She had stopped for some time, but she is once again painting about an hour almost every day. She calls it her "work" and she is very serious about her work!

I love sitting back and watching her. Often she will give funny commentary to her paintings. Make up stories, sing her funny songs, or often repeat "I am an Artist!" over and over again.

...It's pretty peculiar, how the time change has left me feeling today. I feel so worn out and so groggy! Only one lousy hour ahead, but already it is almost 3 o'clock and Adelaide and I are both still in our pyjamas. And for all my persuading, I can't seem to trick Addie into crawling back into bed with me for some snoozing. She's getting too smart for me.

30 comments:

wendy said...

hooray for broken televisions! and for being in PJ's until 2pm :) i love addie's high chair -- where did you find it?

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Hi Wendy, Thank you for visiting and for sending your words! The yellow high chair we use I think is fabulous, but it is quite old - we were driving by and found it outside of a thrift store for around $8 i believe. (it is a stripped down highchair with the tray, foot rest, etc removed) I haven't seen others in any store since, but in the past I have seen similar ones on Ebay for quite reasonable prices, you can search for vintage cosco highchair or similar. Good Luck!

nicole said...

keeping it simple is not always easy to accomplish...bravo to you

kate / tinywarbler said...

adelaide looks adorable reading and painting! oh, and ditto on the keeping it simple and the time change. i think a quick cat nap is in order!

wendy said...

thanks sharilyn! $8 is quite a bargain! poking around on ebay now..

Julie said...

The time change has really thrown me off, as well. Just an hour, go figure. How very sweet she is, I love to watch them grow.

Molly said...

Oh, I love how adorable your wee family is--the sweetness of the reading to a cat, the sweetness of daily art, the earnestness in that.

Sinéad said...

I'm so pleased to hear that you are still tv-free! Our TV "broke" in 2005 (my first child was just two at the time) and we've never regretted the decision. My daughter has been raised TV-free, with the exception of trips to Nana's house.

Now, if only I could bring myself to get rid of the computer!

Gray Mis said...

Your little Addie reminds me so much of my little girl, who is often making her paintings before 8AM! But they sure are blissfully happy while creating. Also, what kind of smock is she wearing in her painting photo? My Aila wears a homemade apron, but I find it doesn't go up high enough around her neck and she often wipes paint on her shirt.

SECPumpkin said...

what sweet moments. I love simplicity and can't wait to enjoy the simple life with our children one day!

Islay said...

Congratulations on keeping your TV 'broken'. We are having a separate room for TV when we move in a couple of weeks so it's not so tempting to pop it on when we're playing.

I can't wait till my little chap gets into arts and crafts - he's only 18 months and still at the 'paint as a snack food' stage of crafting :)

Emily said...

Adelaide is certainly quite the artist - that second painting is actually very awesome. Give her a canvas some day, haha. :)

Erin M. said...

We make multiple pieces of art everyday here, much more than I can display or use, what do you do with all the creations Adelaide makes? We turned the stairwell to the basement into an art gallery. One side is the Naomi Gallery- art of all themes and the other side is the Princess Gallery- art related to princesses, royalty and unicorns.

Every piece is a keeper according to my daughter and I cannot handle all the paper.

Eve said...

It's nearly 2pm and I'm still in my PJs too. You're my kind of people :)

Those photos make my heart sing, btw. I love the glimpses into your life! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Lynelle said...

What paint is Adelaide using?
I love days in pajamas!

Sara said...

I love this - keeping it simple. Yes, I agree that we all have our secrets to life. And what makes it even trickier, it seems, is that sometimes they change!

I've been reading your blog for awhile, but I think this is the first time I've commented. Except for the deer book giveaway :). Love your blog and home and family!

My question is, what type of paints to you buy for Adelaide? My 3-year-old girl goes through the watercolors so fast, I'm wondering if something else might be better.

Carla said...

Simplicity ahhh simplicity I can't wait for my baby girl to get into drawing and painting. Looking forward on spending the time creating with her!!!

Moose said...

Elliott needs to be part of the program my mom has me in!! Paws For Tales-- where the 1-3rd graders read to me every wed at school. Check it out: http://www.CabinPressStudio.blogspot.com
Tail Wags,
~moose

Julie said...

Her art is very lovely!

Amanda said...

I agree that the days where things are kept simple often turn out to be the best days. Love the photo of Adelaide reading to Elliot - so precious. So glad that your little one is enjoying her daily paintings.

Norma said...

It only took you 30years but it took me 46 so you're way ahead of me!! :)

Our cat follows around our 10 year old son and is always near him too. Standing guard and keeping him company.

Brittany said...

I would also love to know what kind of paints and crayons Adelaide uses for her beautiful art projects! Thank you for sharing parts of your blessed life with us. :)

Buttons said...

I just found your blog a week ago and I'm hooked. I love reading about you and Adelaide (I've always loved that name, by the way). I'm curious about where you got that metal folding book rack that sits in front of the window on Addie's low toy shelf. I've been trying to find something similar to that for a while but I don't even know what it's called! Haha... take care!

Joy said...

I love your blog--my sister recommended it to me and I'm glad she did! Your daughter is so beautiful and I love how tidy and organized (and pretty!) everything here is.

Dawn said...

I'm so glad you share your stories of motherhood with us. I've learned a lot from you and one day when I have kids I hope I'll be able to raise them the way you have with Adelaide. I love the way you keep it simple!

shelese said...

Ha ha, I have the same question as "buttons". I love the folding book rack as well, and was wondering where I might find one. My Addie is still too little to be able to fit the books back on the bookshelf very easily. So they end up in a frustrated little stack outside of the shelf. Also, I have been looking for the perfect blue-green-grey color to paint my front room. Blue can be so bad if it is the wrong tint, and I am scared to commit myself. I have one picked out that I think will work well, but every picture that you post with your bluish walls I love. Do you happen to know the brand and color name? And while I am at it, do you know if your cute kitty has any siblings that I could have? Just kidding about the last one, but I love everything about your style and designs. I am so happy that you have this blog for me to love, and drool over. I simply don't have the same talent as you do, and I hope that you don't mind all the questions :)

osnat said...

I wonder when painting will be such a clean activity for my boy - he's 1.5 years old and an after bath is always necessary.
Beautiful post!

guja said...

So sweet ^-^!!!
Cristina

pink said...

Adelaide and Elliot sounds like the best sort of children's book you could find! Lovely post - never seen those paint holders before and I think I'll get them for my painting crew this weekend.

Maryann said...

You may have answered this before, so sorry in advance. But, can you share what art supplies you use for Adelaide.