"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

~Robert Frost

Thursday, September 1, 2011

And then we bathed in paint...

Happy September! So a couple of days ago we were in the throws of weather so hot that the girls and I had to slip off to the park at 8 am, right after breakfast, in order to play for a couple of hours before it hit 90 degrees. And today...today fall was in the air. We had an awesome thunderstorm last night, and I guess it blew in some changes. It was really chilly as the girls and I headed out for a playdate this morning, and as we stopped at Starbucks on our way (hey, we were going to see my friend Holly, whose name means "coffee"...or, well, it should!), it felt like we should be picking up pumpkin spice lattes and going to take autumn pictures of our five kids jumping around in piles of crunchy fallen leaves. I'm still hoping for more lovely summer days before fall is really truly here, but the momentary glimpse into the coming crisp fall mornings was kind of fun.

And this afternoon, my mom superpowers were feeling strong, so I decided we should make a giant mess. Funny, the paints looked so innocent right before we got started...

I'm not sure that Bethany looks one little tiny bit innocent here though!

Here is a beautiful flower, by Ashley:

And pumpkin #1, by Bethany:

Followed by pumpkin #2, by Hannah (see, fall was on everyone's mind today!):

And Ashley's artistic interpretation of the birthday cake she hopes I'll make for her next month:

The finished paint-laden masterpieces!

And I really, really wish I could show you a picture of how equally paint-laden my children were at the end of all this, but they were (thankfully!) not dressed, so the picture stays offline. But...there was a lot of soap and water involved in the clean up process. A LOT of soap and water. ;-)


  1. Grandma to the Picassos :-)September 2, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    Fall soon? Sitting here reading this post and the FURNACE kicked on!!!

    Say, do I recognize your artistic handiwork in the sun and rainbow pics? :-)

  2. Embarrassed Grandma to the PicassosSeptember 2, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Oops - ignore the 'sun' comment please! Ashley's flower pic wouldn't load until after I posted the comment. Grandma needs glasses, since she can't tell the difference between a sun and a flower! (Well, if the rainbow IS yours, Jennifer, all the world now knows where you get your 'amazing' artistic ability. :-p )

  3. Picasso's SHOCKED GrandmaSeptember 2, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    Um.... Is Hannah's pumpkin BLEEDING? :-o

  4. Grandma being an honest-to-goodness art critic now :-)September 2, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Hmmm... Bethany's first work looks rather like it should be on a wall in Lascaux, don't you think? :-)

  5. what fun memories you are making!