Piet Mondrian Calling Card, from the archives

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Found this calling card in the MET archives recently. Loved the simplicity.

Learned a little about Mondrian’s parents and home while I was digging around (always doing something while we watch TV)…”Art and music were encouraged in his household. His father, the headmaster of the local primary school, was an enthusiastic amateur artist who gave drawing lessons to his son, while Mondrian's uncle, Fritz Mondrian, was an accomplished artist who taught his nephew to paint.” (The Art Story) Always fascinates me how many artists come from artist families—-Picasso’s dad was an artist and art professor, Andy Warhol’s mom was not professional but also a very talented artist who would hold “drawing competitions” between Andy and his brother (the winner would get a Hershey’s chocolate bar) :)..Andy Warhol and his mom even wrote a cute book together with her writing and his doodles. ..Makes me think about how the hobbies and passions I have will impact my own kids.

This tiny little card just caught my eye and I thought something about it was lovely.

Art Institute of Chicago with Liv

Going through my pictures last night to organize and print some and I realized I have a bunch of pictures from the past few years of Liv and I in the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s only 2.5 years old, but I love that we have captured a bunch already. I hope she grows to be inspired by it as much as I am! (I have zero that I can find with Cohen, so…haha! Gotta take him in, too!) :)

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 Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

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 anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic,  Jane !)

anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic, Jane!)

Building a Home "A great place for Adventure!"

“Stephen Hawking grew up in an unusual family...Stephen, his two sisters, and his parents lived in a big old house near London. Mr. and Mrs. Hawking never seemed to mind if the paint and wallpaper were peeling, the roof leaked, or the carpets were worn through.”

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“The Hawkings house was a great place for adventure.”

We have been reading some GREAT kids books from the library. The Scholastic “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Scientists” (and the Artists series, too) are good mix of funny comics, real photos, new vocabulary and real facts. We learn so much from these short kids books (highly recommend them!)

I found a really great time to read a book like this is when the kids are strapped into their seats/high chair around dinner time or during a snack time. They can’t go anywhere and we read aloud and I’ll chat with Liv about the book. Liv & Cohen are really young so when I read this book I talked about how Stephen Hawkings studied the stars and space. I skipped the pages that talk about his ALS, just because my kids are too young. I’ll prompt Liv with simple 2 year old questions like, “When we see the stars is it dark out? What else do we see in the sky?” She loves the moon lately! In this way, I find that I enjoy reading the book too. We do of course read a billion “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” little kid books as well, but throwing a few older elementary books in about real people helps keep it interesting for Grant and I :) We love reading non-fiction books with the kids.

As a new-ish parent, it is so interesting to hear what other parents do and how different people were raised. I just read this weekend that Picasso’s dad, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, was an extremely talented artist who was an art professor. So cool.

As I think about designing our home and making it ours, I LOVED this quote from the book…

“The Hawkings' creaky old house was filled with books, paintings, and odd items that Stephen's dad had brought back from his trips to Africa...”

….and the quote above, “The Hawkings’ house was a great place for ADVENTURE!!” Yesssssssss.

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