Two afternoons a week, while Alastair teaches guitar lessons, we have someone come watch the girls. We were privileged to have two awesome sitters doing this over the past year : first, the multi-talented (and multi-tattooed) Sophia, who taught the girls how to hula hoop — as much as you can teach four-year-olds how to hula hoop, that is — and made them a kick-ass playhouse out of cardboard boxes, among other things. (She’s expecting a baby in January, and she’s going to be an awesome mom.)
When Sophia got promoted at her other job, her friend Pete, who’d come and babysat with her numerous times, took her place. Pete was awesome — the girls loved him, and he was very sweet with them. But now he’s moving out of town. So we hired someone new — thank you, Craigslist — and she seems great. But we’ll miss Pete.
Not only was Pete a good sitter, he was — well, is; the man’s not dead — and amazing drawer. (And by that I mean one who draws. Not a place you put your socks. Shouldn’t there be a better word than “drawer” for someone who draws?? Damnit, English!!)
The girls like to take advantage of Pete’s artistic abilities by asking him to draw things for them. (And I think they were much nicer to him during this process than they ever are to us when we try to draw / make / etc. things for them.) Several times, they had him illustrate little books for them: they would say the words, he would write the words down, and then draw the pictures. (They’d help, too.)
The awesomeness of Pete’s drawings are matched by the total absurdity of Elsa and Clio’s storycraft, making for a singularly entertaining reading experience. You’re going to enjoy this. I swear. (And please note: I know that slide shows can be annoying. I pledge not to do them more than once a month, and only if it really makes sense. Which this one does. I promise.)
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So, we’re off to New Hampshire for a week — right in the path of Irene! Woo hoo! — so the blog will go dark for a while, but I’ll be back. With a vengeance! Or some more posts, anyway. Happy end of summer, everybody. Be excellent to each other.
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