Monday, September 26, 2016

On the Record: Ari at Five

Several years ago I started a tradition of interviewing the kids on their birthdays. By asking the children the same questions every year, we'll be able to see how their personalities and interests change (or stay the same).

Ari has just turned five and this is his third birthday interview.

What are you going to be when you grow up?
Garbage truck driver.

What’s that going to be like?
Driving a garbage truck (turns pretend steering wheel with his hands).

What are your favorite toys?
Light sabers.

What is your favorite food?
(Whispers) Can it be treats? Candy and quesadillas.

Who are your best friends?
Gavin and Edward. My class.

What makes you happy?
Getting new toys.

What makes you sad?
When people be rude.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about?
Light sabers.

What do you like to do with Daddy?
Play with him. Fox and chicken. Remember that one game where you run around with a fox trying to get you? Can we play that later today?

What do you like to do with Mama?
Play with her. Fox and chicken!

What’s your favorite color?

What’s your favorite book?
Star Wars. The Bucket Book. And Spiderman.

What does Daddy do during the day?
Work on my cake.

What does Mama do during the day?
Do things. Working at an office.

What do you do during the day?
Play. Sometimes outside, sometimes inside, sometimes in my bedroom, sometimes in mama's room, sometimes in Riker's. Sometimes I watch screens. I go to different houses too, that I know. I do go hunting for things that I might like.

What do you want to learn or do before you turn six?
Make things. Everything. And when I'm six, I'm doing the same.


You can read Ari's interviews from previous years here:

On the Record: Ari at Four

On the Record: Ari at Three

I've shamelessly pilfered the interview idea and the questions from my friend Lauren over at Sparkling Adventures. You can read the birthday interviews of her four darling daughters here.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Moments Noticed: Our Job

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.
It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
- L.R. Knost

Friday, September 02, 2016

Moments Noticed: Patience

I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, September 01, 2016

DIY Wooden Growth Chart Ruler

I've finished a project I've been meaning to do for ages!

For years I've been admiring wooden growth charts for both their portability and classy simplicity. Turns out the project wasn't that hard to do, was pretty inexpensive and looks awesome if I do say so myself!

Here's how I did it.

I had Brian cut a high quality pine board to 6' tall and 8" wide. I sanded it thoroughly, applied a coat of wood pre-conditioner, sanded again and then put on a coat of Miniwax Golden Pecan stain.

Then I used a pencil and clear quilting rulers to put a mark every one inch. I started my numbering at six inches as I wanted to mount the board off the floor. I followed the markings of a traditional ruler and made quarter, half and foot marks varying lengths. Next I printed the numbers one to six in Century Schoolbook 200 point font on regular printer paper. Then I gently etched these numbers into the wood by pressing through the paper with a mechanical pencil around the edges of the numbers.

Next, I used a black acrylic paint marker to trace over the pencil lines and etched letters. I taped the edge of the quilt ruler with painters tape to save clean up time later.

Once that was all done, I took the board outside and sprayed the whole thing with a couple coats of protective satin polyurethane.

Here's the final product!

And here's a close up of the hand painted lines and numbers.

To mount the ruler we used four extra large 3M Command Strips to hang the board precisely six inches up from the floor.

I'm using an extra fine point black acrylic paint pen to write in the boys names and dates as they grow. Since we've moved around so much, I've had to fill in whatever heights I could find from various forms and medical reports to date. From now on I plan to just measure each boy on his birthday for consistency.

So pleased it's finished and I'm hoping it's a treasure for years to come!