I took 51 pictures of Nadia at art class today! - A Movement In Time And Space
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I took 51 pictures of Nadia at art class today!
Chris didn't get home from GoPets until 5am this morning...the whole server outage went over the estimates of 4 to 6 hours by a lot!

I had gone to bed at 2am because I woke Maya up tring to get her tooth and leave her the money. doh! So, I had to wait for her to fall asleep so I could try it again. Do you know how hard it is to find a tooth under a pillow in a LOFT bed? I didn't ruin it...I told her that the tooth fairy left me a note saying that she couldn't find the tooth and that she'll be back later tonight and to leave it right on the corner of the bed. It worked. She bought it, the sweetheart!

So, I had been asleep for maybe 2.5 hours when the buzzer from the front door of the apartment building goes off at 5am. It was Chris, he had left everything at the office, including his keys! Lucky for him, I was already awake cause the cats woke me up and then I had gone to the bathroom.

I think maybe an hour later I heard Chris on the phone with someone from the office. And he didn't go back to sleep until about 8am. He slept until 11am, when I had to start getting ready to take Nadia to art class. Poor guy was running on less than three hours of sleep and he had to run back to another full day at work.

But art class was so much fun for Nadia today! It was the "roll paint-covered beads around in a box" project. First of all, she adores things like beads and marbles. Hordes them, wants to collect them. So, that was a plus right there. And then paint? OMG, paint is like, from the Gods! Nadia LOVES to paint. Err...more accurately, she loves to FINGERpaint. Doesn't matter if there are brushes around, she'll just use them a bit and then toss them aside and dig right in.

She is SO different from Maya in that way. Maya never liked to really fingerpaint. She even now doesn't like to get her hands dirty. She gets a bit of paint or anything on her, she'll stop whatever she's doing and wipe it off or wash it off. Not Nadia though. She is thoroughly tactile. She'll paint all over herself too.

The kids got beads and bowls and some cardboard boxes. The paints came out later, but Nadia was asking shouting throughout the whole class, "where is the paint?!" The teacher was asking the kids to roll the beads around the box to hear the "rain". Nadia says, "It's not yaining! Teacher, I want yellow paint!" The teacher got everyone some paper to put at the bottom of their cardboard boxes and got the box of paints out. Nadia got up from her chair, reached over and grabbed the closest one, the blue paint. I think she was at that point where she said to herself "Screw the yellow paint, I just want paint!"

And she wasn't waiting for anyone, not even the teacher! Part of me wanted to tell her to wait until the teacher told her it was ok, but then I just shut my mouth and let her enjoy herself. I might have said something if the teacher was instructing in English the whole time, but since it was majority in Korean and Nadia seemed to be tuning it out anyway, I just let it be. And Nadia had a ball.

She mixed blue with pink. And then started to drop the beads into the paint.

The teacher gave all the kids chopsticks to use to pick up the beads. Yeah, chopsticks! And all the other kids knew how to use them. LOL Nadia took them, swished them a bit, then tossed them aside to use her fingers instead.

Pretty soon, she started rolling around the beads in the box. That lasted a few minutes. Then she bypassed the beads and again, went straight for the fingerpainting directly in the box.

Pretty soon, even the box got tossed aside for just a simple finger soak in the paints. LOL

She had SO much fun today. She didn't want to clean up to leave. I had to convince her that it would be fun to make orange and purple water in the sink! She had paint all over her face, in her hair, all the way up her arms and running down her chest! But, she was happy and playful and alive! I loved watching her today. I was in awe of her and her sense of adventure. It was funny - she was the only girl in the class today and the only one totally immersed in the experience. I saw some of the other boys watching her...and contemplating dipping their fingers in the paint, but then they'd wrinkle up their noses and go back to just watching her! I was shocked. I know every child is different. Maya is so different from Nadia. But I was still surprised by the other kids' reactions.

I'm just so happy to see Nadia enjoy herself thoroughly. And glad that it wasn't in my house where I'd have to clean it!!

I uploaded about 15 pictures from today in my ScrapBook: Nadia's Art Class - 2006-05-18

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From: gabbytheguy Date: May 18th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Chris...I'm jolly glad I don't have a job that keeps me working hours like that...mind you, soon enough I wont have a job at all...!

Great photos! I think Nadia and Audrey would be fighting over the paint. We don't allow her to get as messy as she'd like...thats why it was fun to let her rip with hands and feet painting in the garden last week!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: May 18th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't used to let Maya get this messy either. I remember getting the smock on her, the mat on the floor, an easel with the paper. Having the paint brushes that matched the color of the paints so it was easy for her to not get the colors mixed up. Perhaps this is why she is the way she is today.

You loosen up a lot when the next kid comes around. Seriously, I look at what Nadia is doing and say to myself, "At least it's all washable!" And even though she had paint in her hair, she didn't get a bath until just before dinner when Maya was home to get a bath as well. :-D
From: gabbytheguy Date: May 19th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree - we got really anal about Audrey getting messy at mealtimes and now she always wants to wipe or even completely wash her hands mid-meal...it's quite frustrating actually and worrying to think we've conditioned her like that. That's why I make an effort when possible to have a good messy painting session...
aibopals From: aibopals Date: May 18th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
She looked like she was having soooooooo much fun, seeing the pictures have me grinning from ear to ear.

I am so glad she has such exuberance(sp?) for life it is a wonderful thing.

I really felt for Chris and all the hard work with the server thing
eleme From: eleme Date: May 18th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
hope Chris can get some more sleep tonight! Those pictures of Nadia are awesome! Thank you for sharing your reflections and thoughts with us. It's so easy to say "every child is different," but to actually see it like you did is strking! Thanks for sharing that experience! She is a beautiful, happy girl :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: May 18th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chris was in bed by 10pm last night. That's pretty early for us. :-)

I'm glad to share the pics and my observations...I'm also glad that people actually want to see them and don't think of it as just boring mommy-talk.

slave2three From: slave2three Date: May 18th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope chris gets more sleep tonight, He's working way HARD!!!

Oh those pictures are darling! Benji would have watched her for a little while.. probably slowly stick some fingers in to test it, then jumped right in with her! We havne't used paints yet, but he loves to color and use playdough and loves to be messy, especially if another kid is doing it too! He does what Nadia does with his sand box outside. Half is sand, other half is water, and he's always mixing the two with his fingers.. shovel gets used for about 2 minutes.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: May 18th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

messy art is my FAVOURITE kind of art!

and...dig those adorable smocks!
sammykate From: sammykate Date: May 18th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, and I do hope Chris' workload lightens up for everyone's sake.

oh! Almost forgot: 51 PICTURES!!! Holy crap! You documented every move she made!!! That could be a whole scrapbook all by itself!
co_techie From: co_techie Date: May 18th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
TOOOOOO cute! *shmoooaah for Nadia*
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: May 19th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
priya i swear you have the cutest kids and their so great. your very lucky i hop when i have kids their as great as yours.
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