Painted Pottery for Father’s Day

I’m finally getting around to posting photos of the pottery Wildman and Cutie Pie painted for J for Father’s Day!  We packed a lunch and met some friends at our local pottery painting studio one afternoon.  I really wanted to work on something myself but with all the chaos of setting up, eating lunch and helping the boys with their projects, I ran out of time.

I absolutely love how the boys’ pieces turned out!  Cutie Pie did an excellent job on the “My Dad Rocks” square plate.  I think it looks rather Impressionistic.  I, of course, helped a little with the lettering 🙂

Wildman went with blue and green stripes for his coffee mug.  The mug is a great size and weight.  It’s manly.  Substantial.  Wildman painted the word “Dad” on the side in green but it didn’t show up very well.  So, I went back and defined the letters with a bit of navy paint.  I think it came out wonderfully!

The boys each signed the bottom of their pieces and I added “Happy Father’s Day 2011”.  I know we’ll keep these dishes forever!  Perhaps, we’ll make this an annual tradition.  Each year we can add a new item to our collection!


Outside Fun

Here are some photos from late this morning. The boys were dying to play outside. So, after we stopped by the gym to say hello to the nursery ladies who wanted to see Wildman, ran by Wal-mart and picked up Wildman’s dragon from the pottery shop, I let the boys loose in the backyard.

Wildman’s Dragon:

He painted this almost entirely by himself. You have no idea what an achievement this is for us! Last summer and into the fall, he wanted absolutely nothing to do with art. He hated art. Wildman would not sit still to color/paint/chalk/play dough for all the fruit snacks in the world. I’m thrilled that he’s finally taken an interest in this creative outlet. For a while there I thought I’d be doing kids’ crafts solo 🙂

The weather is gorgeous today so I filled up the pool early this morning before we headed out to run errands. By the time we got home, the water was perfect for splashing!

Cutie Pie was more interested in snacking and swinging at first.

J came home for lunch. That was a nice surprise! He tormented the kids for a while with a water squirter. Here you see Cutie Pie crawling for his life 🙂

Wildman enjoyed going down the slide while Dad shot him with water…

Future Abercrombie and Fitch Model, perhaps? Notice Cutie Pie in the background guzzling pool water by the bowlful…

Good times!