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Robot Photo Shoot

Same face

Ended up working from home today, and as we all know, it’s difficult to get much accomplished with an awake baby. His 6 month photos were way overdue, so even though it’s a gray day & the only camera laying around was the old, standby Kodak, we attempted Robot Photo Shoot.

I wish the photo quality was better, but his toothy grin and dimpled cheek (yes, that’s singular) still shines through. And Pink Robot, who lives in his nursery, was a welcome addition.

Check out the full set here.


Posted: January 26th, 2012
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April First Friday

Mission Accomplished!

We’ve been unable to attend a First Friday in several months, so we made sure to clear our schedules for April. Since we’ve got baby on the brain, we’ve been thinking specifically of pieces we’d like in Wes’ room. You may recall from an earlier post how we dubbed our theme robots & rockets. We knew First Friday would be the best time to hunt down Mike Altman and purchase one of his robot paintings! He doesn’t really have a studio in Fountain Square, but he certainly is around – we knew we could find him eventually.

After dinner at Maria’s Pizza, we headed over to New Day Meadery to see our friends Tia and Brett. If you haven’t stopped by New Day yet, you MUST! It’s such a fun location, and even if you’re not a big wine enthusiast (or even if you are!), you may find that you like a few of their wonderful, fruity meads. Tia & Brett are awesome people, anyway, so it’s worth the trip just to talk to them. No worries, I didn’t partake…

Leah & Mike Altman

Lo and behold, look who they’re hosting! Our very own Mike Altman had a show at New Day last night! Score. I love local artists. You get to really understand where they’re coming from, why they create what they do, and you might even get a back story on your selected piece. I had the opportunity to chat with Mike for a good 30 minutes. We told him that we were hunting him down for a specific piece for our nursery, and he was thrilled. He is a fun, entertaining, Christian father of 2 girls, ages 7 and 5. He gave me several good parental pointers:

1) Don’t buy stuff. People will give you all kinds of hand-me-downs. Keep the money for a college fund (or art).

2) Don’t find out the gender (if you can). That way the closest family members will buy you TWO sets of everything! You can return it, or just put your boy baby in pink. Who cares? He outgrows it in 3 weeks anyway.

3) Don’t be an anal parent. Relax. Make sure to be a part of your kids’ lives.

4) Try to avoid TV exposure (or limit the amount) before age 2. He says he’s done lots of research on how it ties in with ADD and how limited exposure leads to higher creativity and imagination.

5) This really should be the first one, but he gave it last. Trust God and lean on him.

Now, how can you NOT like a guy like Mike? Geez Louise. I love this city and the people in it. We share several mutual friends with Mike, and they all say how great he is. Now I know firsthand. Needless to say, we bought not one, but two robots for Wes’ room. One is truly gargantuan.

After a trip through Big Car and several creative minutes trying to figure out how to get the Big Robot within the Aveo and still have room for our friend Tyson, we headed home. Now that it’s morning, I’m anxious to get the nursery in order. Steven has asked me to start taping the room so he can paint over the painted-over wallpaper and get Wes’ robots on the walls.

Since we’re starting to get things ready, here’s a few before (or really, “in progress”) photos. Notice the robots!

That IKEA chair is surprisingly very comfortable. Pink Robot takes up a whole wall. He needs a name. The little green robot is Slyde.

A paper mache robot found at Homespun with two small paintings I put together based on the song “Would You Like to Swing on a Star.” We’ll head to IKEA soon to get some frames for them. These high-quality photos are taken from my phone, so you’ll really get to see a major difference once it’s all done and complete. I can’t wait!

In addition to these pieces of art, I have a few pending pieces coming, and I hope to commission my sister’s new vinyl lettering business/hobby to come up with a Bible verse regarding the heavens or something along those lines. I’m still brainstorming what would be cute in there.

Wesley, we’re almost ready for you!

Posted: April 2nd, 2011
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