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December 13, 2011

We take our coloring pretty seriously around here . . .

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 7:10 pm

Neal and I shift responsibility for Addison at 1:00; he has the mornings and I have the afternoon/evenings.  On this particular day when 1:00 came, I found that Addison had wandered off while Neal was still engrossed in their coloring activity.  And indeed, Neal continued to color on his own for a full 20 minutes.  Pretty dang good, right?  (My lackluster photography skills don’t quite do it justice.)  Too bad you can’t make a living off crayon art — or can you?


Addison is pretty preoccupied with the concept of work.  When my Aunt Holly was living with us, she taught Addison the sign for work and would explain that Grammy, Gramps, etc. were at work.  When we visited my brother’s house, he was at work quite a bit and now one of her common phrases is “Tio working.”  Indeed, she assumes that anyone who is not with her must be working (why else would they voluntarily choose to be away from her?!).

A couple of days ago, we were going through the drill:

Where’s Tio?


Where’s Grammy?


Where’s Gramps?


What’s Daddy doing?


But this time, I added a few new questions:

What’s Addison doing?


What does Addison do for work?

Pictures.  (Sounds more like birt-tur, so it took me awhile to decode.)

What cracked me up is that I have kinda been running a little baby, coloring sweatshop out of our living room — making thank you cards for the people we stayed with on our vacations, her babysitters at Neal’s gym, etc.  I guess I didn’t realize just how onerous it had become; now it’s like she’s punching a clock when I tell her we’re going to make cards.


During dinner on Sunday, Addison turned to Neal and gently put his face in her hands.  It had all the makings of an adorable moment.  And then she said, “Face.  [thoughtful pause]  Yucky.”

Perhaps there was some schmutz on his face, but still, there seemed to be some kind of cosmic significance.  I’m told that as a child he once looked at himself in the mirror, and then asked his mom, “Do I have a yucky face?”



  1. Every part of this post made me smile. 🙂

    Comment by v. blanchard — December 14, 2011 @ 1:30 am

  2. Oh, and my oldest bro is an artist, and I loved it when he would steal my coloring books and go at it with crayons. In fact, I still have most of the coloring books I had as a child (Katie has been using them) because I would hardly ever color because I knew I wasn’t good and would rather have someone else (like my mom) color the pages, or I was just going to wait till I was older and knew I would do a better job. Obviously, I was a really fun kid. All relaxed and stuff. Miss those carefree days. 😉

    Comment by v. blanchard — December 14, 2011 @ 1:33 am

  3. Too funny!!

    Comment by Meghan — December 14, 2011 @ 4:27 am

  4. Wow! I am impressed! Love the artwork! Hope you are all doing well. We have been putting your baby shower gifts to use, thank you! Your sweet girl is so cute!

    Comment by Shan — December 14, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  5. Just in case Neal decides to make this a business venture. 🙂

    Comment by Ishkhanoohie — December 15, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  6. Love that bear!

    Comment by Anna Peterson — December 15, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  7. What a precocious little girl! I can’t believe she’s talking… make her stop growing up!!

    Comment by Kristin — December 16, 2011 @ 5:30 am

  8. Neal’s colorist skills are awesome. That he becomes so absorbed, and the end products are so amazing, is not to be taken lightly. He passes it off as something ordinary, but FEW people can do that. (“Remind me again, Neal, what’s so fun about this?”–Tristan) Consider making a coloring portfolio! He could easily be snatched up as an illustrator, which certainly could garner fame and dollars you little imagine.

    Comment by Lorie Call — December 28, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  9. I eagerly await another “bir-tur” from your little sweatshop babe. But wait, does she ever come up with the idea on her own? Ahh-so, perhaps that would be best.

    Comment by Lorie Call — December 28, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

  10. “Face. [thoughtful pause] Yucky.”

    His face, no, but grooming is looking a bit OWS. He fits right in! (This comes via a comment by KLC, but w/ MUCH affection and love!)

    Comment by Lorie Call — December 28, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

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