Comparing & Coloring

I have twins, and they are identical too. This invites a lot of people to try to compare them to each other. It happened much more when they were babies.

“Have they both started to crawl yet?”

“Who is the better sleeper?”

“Do you have the same discipline problems with both?”

I get it. Twins are interesting and people are curious, but it makes me crazy. I feel like there can be so much pressure on them to do things in the same way at the same time. Since their little egg split these two are different people. They may save the same DNA but have different personalities and interests. It didn’t matter that Alyssa started crawling a month after Kylie, she ended up walking first. And so what if Kylie isn’t as good at catching a ball as Alyssa? She is better at drawing. And in a couple of years if one wants to do karate and one wants to take piano lessons then that just sounds perfect to me.

And just because I am a proud little mama, here is a picture Kylie colored yesterday. I think she did a pretty good job for still being two years old! She is getting better at coloring in the lines (all on her own, we don’t tell her she needs to!) and worked especially hard on Big Bird’s beak and feet.

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Lissie’s Lion

If you are a regular reader, you know I am amazed at my kids artistic ability. I have a new one to share today. Alyssa asked me to draw a lion for her right before I made breakfast. I did. Here is what my simple lion looked like.

A few minutes later she came back to show me her lion. Now, I do know that is isn’t an exact replica, and you have to really want to see it to even guess what it is, but I was so impressed with how she tried to reproduce what I had drawn. He has the circle head, the pointy mane, and a little detail for the face.

Either way, my kids love to express themselves through art, and I couldn’t be more proud of who they are.

Published in: on October 17, 2012 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Kylie’s Baby

My girls are almost two and a half, and  as you might expect for this age not much of their artwork is more than circles and scribbles. But, every once in a while you can actually see what it is that they said they drew. Case and point this picture Kylie drew of a doggie. I didn’t believe it when Russell first told me she drew that.

We had a similar experience the other day while we were Skyping with my mom. The girls were coloring in the background when all of a sudden Kylie lifted up her picture and told me she drew a baby. And sure enough, that is a damn fine looking baby for a 2 year old to draw!

I showed it to my mom and then quickly snatched it away from her to save for her baby book. Most of the time they just go crazy and color over things so much you can’t see what is used to be anymore, and I didn’t want her to mess up this drawing. We just might have a future artist on our hands. Which reminds me of a quote I read recently that I thought was funny.

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” – Pablo Picasso

Published in: on August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Draw Doggie

Both girls just love to draw. My brother and his wife(!) –they just got married in February–  bought them magnadoodles for Christmas and let me tell you, those things get used every single day. The other morning Russell sent Kylie into the kitchen to show me something. She had her “color pad” as we call it and was saying “draw doggie.” When I saw what was drawn I didn’t believe it. I thought Russell drew it. But no, our little Bear just may have the artist gene. Check out the picture we were able to snap.

I may be biased, but I think that is a pretty good doggie for a 2 year old to draw!

Published in: on March 31, 2012 at 8:40 am  Comments (4)  

Little Artists

This morning the girls got to draw with crayons for the very first time. They used the TaDoodles Crayon Buddies made by Crayola. While it was just a first attempt, they got the hang of it. I didn’t take any pictures of the actual event (silly me for just enjoying the moment…) but here is the artwork they each came up with.




Now if either of them ever become famous artists you can say you saw their very first piece of work!

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm  Comments (1)