the original photo (nothing fancy, taken with my phone camera)
cut out number 1. too little detail, too much rattail.
So this project actually only took one day (part of a very short nap and a little time after bedtime) to complete when I actually did it. Before though, it was one of those that took lots of thinking and lots of attempts to get a decent photograph to work with.
To get a good picture, I put Audrey in front of a window to photograph her. Granted, this involved standing her on the toy box, giving her random little things to hold to keep her attention, and then ultimately using a donkey to make her look where I wanted. The picture (at this age) is half the battle. Taking it in front of the light gave me a good outline to work with so once I put it in photoshop, I just changed the levels a little and erased some of the background to get a pattern to work with. I printed that, stapled it (around the head because that part doesn’t matter) to black paper and cut it out using scissors and and exact-o knife for the details. I mounted it to poster board cut to fit a vintage frame I found over the weekend. (A good habitat find can always move things along from idea to actual product.) Walaa! A silhouette project complete!
Everyday Audrey is able to ask for what she wants a little bit better, to communicate the specifics of what her little mind and body are after in the moment more and more. “Hat, on. Eat, waffle. More bite. A-geen.” (just a few of these demands)
Lately, when anyone is singing with her, she has been asking for “Jesus.” So when she asked today and on the third time through the song, I decided to quiz her on what she’s picked up without us even noticing. I sang the song and paused in different places to give her a chance to sing, the way we practice Old McDonald, and this is what she did:
Jesus loves me this I KNOW. For the BIBLE tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are WEAK but He is STRONG.
How sweet the sound! I loved hearing her tiny praises to our awesome God!
“Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.”
Audrey went to her first art class this morning! Here’s what she created:
pine needle paintinghand turkeys
Today’s is simple. I am thankful for books, of all kinds. For libraries, story time, trips to the bookstore and bedtime stories. And for a day that included them all!
Today I am thankful for small break-throughs that
happen reassure you in parenting. Today Audrey told me “NO PLEASE!!”
(We’ve been seriously working on nice words and less tantrum talk…could you tell?)
I’ve been inspired by everyone’s 30 days of thanks challenge I’m seeing this week. So each day this month I’m going write down one thing I’m thankful for. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we did this every day of the year, not just for a month? It would be so awesome to read the ones from years past, from when you were little. But for now, let’s just get through November. I’m a little late getting started, but here is my catch up.
Day 1: I am thankful for a group of ladies that love Jesus and for getting to be a part of their Bible study. I am thankful for a reminder of where my priorities should be and in what order.
Day 2: I am thankful for tiny gifts of love I am given everyday, for a toddler whose love is so pure and unconditional. Tonight it was a long hug with little pats on my back that she gave me after dinner.
Day 3: I am thankful for women in my life who offer understanding, love, wisdom and support all in their own special way.
What are you thankful for? Do you write yours down? How do you keep up with the things you want to remember? This really seems to be a hot topic in the lives of those with little ones. Share your wisdom. If you do something (with a thankful list or baby memories) I wanna hear.
While helping put clothes in the washing machine earlier:
“Buttafye! Hey peacock! Bye bird!” -Audrey