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{Everyday Inspiration} cool kid…

I have a cool kid. I often wonder where he came from & what it would be like to be so cool. His style is effortless & the way he just “chills out” is somewhat intriguing to me. Even when he is wayyy overdue for a haircut- he can rock the look.  I was not what you would call a “cool kid”. I knew many & was even friends with some-  but was never classified as one myself. Unless of course, a bad perm, glasses, braces, & a unique awkwardness qualified me in some way. I’m thinking this must be from his dad’s side. He’s also a total ham  & quite a performer, which is a little more familiar to me. I have a feeling there will be many plays in our future. Needless to say, it’s always a fun adventure around here. 

We’ve sort of developed a special language between the two of us that involves a camera.  Photo shoots are something that we do together often- we’ve been doing it, just the two of us, for about a year (but as a family since he was born). It started out being “work” related. I would have him model my tees. But over time, it became more of an act of play. The kid knows how to work the camera & I love taking photos of him.  The other day, we found this hat when we were going through boxes. He immediately snatched it up & started hamming it up. As with all hats, he prefers to wear them backwards. From this, a photo opportunity presented itself.  What I didn’t realize when I started taking photos, is that the hat belonged to Chris’ best friend- the one we named Sayer after, Richard Sayer. Dick owned this hat when he was in high school – so it’s over 27 years old now. He is a professional photographer too – so these pictures of Sayer took on a whole new meaning. 

Lately, Sayer has been turning the camera on me (by using his vintage Fisher Price one). He’s been interested in taking photos of things like shadows & lightbulbs too. Today he & Chris had a pickle party before Chris left to teach class- which is when I entered the picture. When I was explaining to him that he was made from pickles (I used to go through jars of them when I was pregnant) which is why he probably liked them, he then left the party to go get his camera. Which in turn, gave me the idea to go get mine. He wanted to take a picture of his little set up – then of me eating a pickle. Lucky for you, his camera doesn’t have film – so you don’t have to see me devouring my pickles. 

My cool kid is growing up so fast & I find it fascinating & enjoyable. He has me laughing & feeling the need to write down what he says & does all of the time. While I’m seriously struggling these days with finding all of the time that I need for klt:works. I need to really take a tip from Sayer & just chill out. 

{Everyday Inspiration} cool kid…

I have a cool kid. I often wonder where he came from & what it would be like to be so cool. His style is effortless & the way he just “chills out” is somewhat intriguing to me. Even when he is wayyy overdue for a haircut- he can rock the look.  I was not what you would call a “cool kid”. I knew many & was even friends with some-  but was never classified as one myself. Unless of course, a bad perm, glasses, braces, & a unique awkwardness qualified me in some way. I’m thinking this must be from his dad’s side. He’s also a total ham  & quite a performer, which is a little more familiar to me. I have a feeling there will be many plays in our future. Needless to say, it’s always a fun adventure around here. 

We’ve sort of developed a special language between the two of us that involves a camera.  Photo shoots are something that we do together often- we’ve been doing it, just the two of us, for about a year (but as a family since he was born). It started out being “work” related. I would have him model my tees. But over time, it became more of an act of play. The kid knows how to work the camera & I love taking photos of him.  The other day, we found this hat when we were going through boxes. He immediately snatched it up & started hamming it up. As with all hats, he prefers to wear them backwards. From this, a photo opportunity presented itself.  What I didn’t realize when I started taking photos, is that the hat belonged to Chris’ best friend- the one we named Sayer after, Richard Sayer. Dick owned this hat when he was in high school – so it’s over 27 years old now. He is a professional photographer too – so these pictures of Sayer took on a whole new meaning. 

Lately, Sayer has been turning the camera on me (by using his vintage Fisher Price one). He’s been interested in taking photos of things like shadows & lightbulbs too. Today he & Chris had a pickle party before Chris left to teach class- which is when I entered the picture. When I was explaining to him that he was made from pickles (I used to go through jars of them when I was pregnant) which is why he probably liked them, he then left the party to go get his camera. Which in turn, gave me the idea to go get mine. He wanted to take a picture of his little set up – then of me eating a pickle. Lucky for you, his camera doesn’t have film – so you don’t have to see me devouring my pickles. 

My cool kid is growing up so fast & I find it fascinating & enjoyable. He has me laughing & feeling the need to write down what he says & does all of the time. While I’m seriously struggling these days with finding all of the time that I need for klt:works. I need to really take a tip from Sayer & just chill out. 

{Everyday Inspiration} Saturday Painters…

It was too cold to play outside, not to mention, the snow wasn’t that  great snowball/snowman snow- it sort of just fell apart. Sayer & I ventured out today, but decided that we rather have hot cocoa & paint inside. I love the stage Sayer is in right now- although I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. He is just so cool & really fun to play with. I broke out my watercolors & painting materials (but was grateful I had Sayer use his own paints). We turned on the music & painted for quite awhile. Being that I’ve taught college level painting classes over the last 16 years, it was really refreshing to paint with him. His willingness to experiment, play & just enjoy painting- without a care in the world as to what the finished product looked like, is what I always tried to encourage in my students. It’s much trickier as an adult to be that way. Sayer was definitely an inspiration to watch & be around. I’m going to love sharing my studio with him over the years I can just tell. When his painting was done, he picked up a pair of Chris’ old glasses sitting on the bookshelf & started goofin’ around…. 

I really think that the pictures speak better than my words as to what I saw. Let’s just say, that I had a really good Saturday & the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hope you’re having a nice weekend too.

{Everyday Inspiration} Saturday Painters…

It was too cold to play outside, not to mention, the snow wasn’t that  great snowball/snowman snow- it sort of just fell apart. Sayer & I ventured out today, but decided that we rather have hot cocoa & paint inside. I love the stage Sayer is in right now- although I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. He is just so cool & really fun to play with. I broke out my watercolors & painting materials (but was grateful I had Sayer use his own paints). We turned on the music & painted for quite awhile. Being that I’ve taught college level painting classes over the last 16 years, it was really refreshing to paint with him. His willingness to experiment, play & just enjoy painting- without a care in the world as to what the finished product looked like, is what I always tried to encourage in my students. It’s much trickier as an adult to be that way. Sayer was definitely an inspiration to watch & be around. I’m going to love sharing my studio with him over the years I can just tell. When his painting was done, he picked up a pair of Chris’ old glasses sitting on the bookshelf & started goofin’ around…. 

I really think that the pictures speak better than my words as to what I saw. Let’s just say, that I had a really good Saturday & the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hope you’re having a nice weekend too.

{Everyday Inspiration} Saturday Painters…

It was too cold to play outside, not to mention, the snow wasn’t that  great snowball/snowman snow- it sort of just fell apart. Sayer & I ventured out today, but decided that we rather have hot cocoa & paint inside. I love the stage Sayer is in right now- although I’ve enjoyed all of them so far. He is just so cool & really fun to play with. I broke out my watercolors & painting materials (but was grateful I had Sayer use his own paints). We turned on the music & painted for quite awhile. Being that I’ve taught college level painting classes over the last 16 years, it was really refreshing to paint with him. His willingness to experiment, play & just enjoy painting- without a care in the world as to what the finished product looked like, is what I always tried to encourage in my students. It’s much trickier as an adult to be that way. Sayer was definitely an inspiration to watch & be around. I’m going to love sharing my studio with him over the years I can just tell. When his painting was done, he picked up a pair of Chris’ old glasses sitting on the bookshelf & started goofin’ around…. 

I really think that the pictures speak better than my words as to what I saw. Let’s just say, that I had a really good Saturday & the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hope you’re having a nice weekend too.

{Fun} What?

Wasn’t I just saying that it felt like spring was around the corner? Now, I know snow isn’t  a big deal to most of you out there. But we seldom get snow here in the Northwest. So to look out the window this morning and see snow outside is a bit odd, being that it’s just about March. Below is my view from our kitchen window.

Sayer actually went to his grandma & grandpa’s house today & I’m sure they are going to have a lot of snowy fun. I was able to snap a few shots before he left to document this crazy snowfall. Meanwhile, Chris is working from home today & I’m going to lock myself in the studio. We are trying out my new mocha pot & drinking our coffee Daria style now (thanks D). We are on our fourth cup and things are really starting to hum. Hope you all are having a great day? What’s the view from your window?

{Fun} What?

Wasn’t I just saying that it felt like spring was around the corner? Now, I know snow isn’t  a big deal to most of you out there. But we seldom get snow here in the Northwest. So to look out the window this morning and see snow outside is a bit odd, being that it’s just about March. Below is my view from our kitchen window.

Sayer actually went to his grandma & grandpa’s house today & I’m sure they are going to have a lot of snowy fun. I was able to snap a few shots before he left to document this crazy snowfall. Meanwhile, Chris is working from home today & I’m going to lock myself in the studio. We are trying out my new mocha pot & drinking our coffee Daria style now (thanks D). We are on our fourth cup and things are really starting to hum. Hope you all are having a great day? What’s the view from your window?

{Fun} What?

Wasn’t I just saying that it felt like spring was around the corner? Now, I know snow isn’t  a big deal to most of you out there. But we seldom get snow here in the Northwest. So to look out the window this morning and see snow outside is a bit odd, being that it’s just about March. Below is my view from our kitchen window.

Sayer actually went to his grandma & grandpa’s house today & I’m sure they are going to have a lot of snowy fun. I was able to snap a few shots before he left to document this crazy snowfall. Meanwhile, Chris is working from home today & I’m going to lock myself in the studio. We are trying out my new mocha pot & drinking our coffee Daria style now (thanks D). We are on our fourth cup and things are really starting to hum. Hope you all are having a great day? What’s the view from your window?

{Music Monday} Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day full of sweet surprises. Sayer helped me pick the music selection for today & he announced that this is the song & video that he loves. Happy Music Monday!

{Music Monday} Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day full of sweet surprises. Sayer helped me pick the music selection for today & he announced that this is the song & video that he loves. Happy Music Monday!