You may have noticed that I haven't posted as regularly the last couple of months. Now that my current graduate class- Art Education Research Methods- is basically finished, and I'm feeling better (more on that in a minute), I hope to get caught up on blogging! Here are some photos and tidbits you might enjoy from this fall.
Here's my little guy in his homemade Halloween costume. He's supposed to be the lizard (Liz) from the Magic Schoolbus and I was Miss Frizzle if she subbed for Art class. While he looks pretty darn cute and I did a decent job for winging it and making my own pattern, nobody knew who/what we were! Most thought he was a dragon, which is pretty cool, too. Everybody thought I was just going as an Art teacher. :)
Here's our big announcement! We are having another baby, due at the beginning of June. My just turned 2 year old is getting even more into Art so he made a painting to announce the news to family and friends. And the pregnancy is the biggest reason I've been slacking a little. I honestly don't remember being this tired when I was pregnant the first time, but this time has just been a lot different so I shouldn't be surprised. I usually do homework and blog after my little guy's bedtime but I was so exhausted that I would fall asleep reading my textbook and most nights ended up in bed shortly after he did. I'm finally feeling better and have a little more energy. I'm enrolled in another graduate course January-April then I will take Summer and Fall 2013 off to adjust to being a mom of two. :)
One of the best things as an Art teacher mom is seeing the milestones that some people might not realize are milestones! I'm so glad that my son is into Art. He's been painting for a long time- usually I let him choose a couple paint colors and a piece of cardstock and he goes to town. No finger painting around here, he wants to use a brush like Mommy. A couple years before he was born, I bought a kiddie easel marked down to $12.50 after Christmas. One side has a chalkboard, the other a dry erase board, and there is a big roll of paper at the top. This weekend was the first time I had ever unrolled some big paper for him to draw on and he loved it. I was watching him draw and taking a little iPhone video, when he turned and said "Look! Bat, ball!" I was so excited! He is obviously still in the scribble stage which is perfect for 2, but he named something in his painting! Milestone! Later he pointed to the black line toward the bottom and told me again, "bat!"
The last thing I wanted to share with you tonight is that I had an article published in the December issue of Arts & Activities! It was a quiet goal of mine to submit something to Arts & Activities or SchoolArts but I could never decide what to submit. When you're asked to submit a specific idea, it makes it a lot easier! Writing the article wasn't as intimidating as I had built it up to be, not much different than writing a blog post though I tried not to ramble as much. It definitely made me want to submit more articles in the future. If you don't subscribe to Arts & Activities, you can read the article online here: http://pubdev.ipaperus.com/ArtsandActivities/AADecember2012/?page=24
If it starts you at the beginning, just click through to page 25.