Archive for the ‘Drawings’ Category

January 15th, 2013 by sara

Little Writers

Jonah has spent a lot of time writing books and stories over the last month or two.  Sometimes he writes them out by hand, sometimes he likes to type them on the computer.  Some have pictures.  Others do not.  He has amassed quite a pile of stapled story books that he enjoys reading to anyone who’s interested, and he and Sean even made a cardboard box library for a bunch of them.  He’s also been very interested in writing with lowercase letters now, which gives his writing a whole new ‘big kid’ look.  :)


Not one to miss an opportunity to do what her big brother is doing, Nora has also developed an interest in writing books, too.  And she has been working so very hard on figuring out how to write her letters so she can make real words.


One day, she said she would write the whole alphabet on our chalkboard.  So she did.


And she loves this dry erase board that she got for Christmas where she can practice tracing over letters.  I just love that proud little face!  :)



March 24th, 2012 by sara

Art Gallery

The kids have been drawing up a storm around here for the past few months. Nora, ever inspired by her big brother, is becoming quite the portrait artist. They’re always asking to ‘do projects’ and get out markers, scissors, glue, etc. There are some days where the sheer amount of paper they go through is a bit overwhelming, but I don’t get tired of seeing these creations.



And now for the art…

I’ll do Nora’s first. Almost all of her drawings are of ‘smiley faces’. She was thrilled to find that she could draw things that actually looked like faces about a month ago and since then has continued to add features and expressions. It’s really fun to see how her drawing has changed, just in several weeks.  She also likes to ask Jonah to add teeth after she draws a big happy mouth. He enjoys that job. :)




Here’s a good sample of the cut-and-glue projects that Nora enjoys.


When we get out the paints, she LOVES to paint her palms and make handprints.


This guy has glasses and cheeks!



Here she put the tooth/tongue and ears on by herself. He was going for a walk.  The blue zigzags are ‘words’, but I can’t remember what they said.



I just love the face on this one. :)


Now to transition into the Jonah projects, here’s one from an afternoon where they both drew our family.


Jonah still makes the occasional trucks and trains, but he’s really been working on his people lately, too.



Awww…  Nora’s crying….    And the guy at the bottom is telling us his name: Becence  (Jonah makes up great names for his guys.)


This bug loves Jonah.


More family portraits – the bottom one is Dad happily doing ‘train stories on Miyrance Island’ in the bedroom.


Here’s a drawing of when Sean took the kids on a hike up Mt. Pisgah. I love where Jonah drew Sean carrying Nora in the hiking backpack. :)


And a drawing of Eugene! Complete with raindrops, the Willamette River, and people walking and riding bikes (in the rain).


And he’s kind of excited about baseball starting up again. Can you imagine?

And how great is the Phillie Phanatic??


Jonah also does a lot of writing. He’s getting much faster, so he likes to write lots of notes to us, especially to Dad.




There you have it. Now if you multiply what you saw above by about 100, you can imagine what they churn out in a week. :)

January 24th, 2012 by sara

Making Stuff

With all the time we’ve been spending indoors lately, between sickness and the heavy rain, the kids have done a lot of projects with their art supplies.  Jonah’s been doing a lot of cutting and gluing things, like this mini-Jonah.



Many of his projects are also inspired by his favorite musician, Caspar Babypants. One day, he wanted to remake all of Caspar’s album covers to hang on the wall of his bedroom.


And he also wrote out all the lyrics to his favorite song, Googly Eyes, and turned it into a book so Dad would know all the words. Here’s one page (there are 10 more like it).


He’s also been playing concerts with lots of Caspar Babypants songs, and told me that he needed a cardboard guitar case like Dad’s to take his guitar to his concerts. So one afternoon, we made one.



The video that goes along with the song is also one of the kids’ favorites – they watched it about a million times while they were sick, and Jonah likes to copy the drawings on the magna doodle while he sings the song. Nora has been closely watching this for a couple of weeks now and has started drawing her own ‘googly-eye faces’.



Here’s a little video of the happy artist in action.

Paints are frequently requested, too. :)



December 20th, 2011 by sara

Getting Ready for Christmas

We’ve been pretty busy around here, getting ready for Christmas. Jonah is super excited about all the preparations and decorating. As soon as the box of lights came out, his excitement level went waaaay up. Two weekends ago, we took our walk to the grocery store parking lot nearby to choose a tree to haul home on the red wagon. It was really cold, but at least it didn’t rain on us this year. Nora was very happy to ride in the wagon on the way there.


Jonah checked out a few trees.


And then Nora realized that getting a tree meant she didn’t get to ride in the wagon on the way home. Oh no!


But she did get to help Dad pull it on the final block, and that seemed to help make up for things a bit.


Sean put the lights on during naptime and Jonah was just about beside himself waiting for Nora to wake up so they could decorate.



One day when neither kid decided to nap, we used a big cardboard box to cut out a mini Christmas tree. They had a fun time mixing the paint and covering the tree with green.



And it turns out Nora has a little Jackson Pollock in her…  flinging paint…


When it was done, I pushed brads through the back and the kids colored different ornaments that they can hang and move around to their heart’s content.


Jonah has also been full of ideas for drawings and decorations. He’s been making lots of Santas lately. Here’s one where he’s getting ready to come down a chimney and Mrs. Claus is holding a plate of cookies for him.


He’s even made a few ballfields with Christmas trees and red and green lights decorating the foul lines.

Here’s another Santa picture. He told me that you can tell that Santa and Mrs. Claus are the same age because they’re just as tall as each other. :)


He’s also made a little gingerbread house, and they both loved driving around in their pajamas one night to look at the huge houses with tons of lights.

Then last night we went to see Santa himself.  Jonah and Nora were super excited.


We tried to corral Nora’s excitement by putting her on Sean’s shoulders, but even that didn’t last long.


Santa was very sweet talking to the kids, and Jonah thought it was just the most amazing thing that Santa even knew about Thomas(!) when he heard that Jonah liked trains. Imagine that!


And then we came home and had some hot chocolate.  Yum.


Nora is pretty happy with her souvenir elf hat.