I love this kid.
With Jude gone to school three days a week; Gideon had entered a new stage in his life. He has started opening up when we are at home, chatting happily with me through out the day. He seems to be flourishing in our new routine.
His imagination is amazing and so amusing. He has imaginary friends. Two of them actually… Aunt Karen and T.J. Max (yes T.J Max is not just a discount department store). They have become regular guests at our house in fact they are starting to feel like family. Gideon, Aunt Karen, and T.J.Max go on lots of adventures together and we get to hear all about them.
T.J Max is Gideon’s big strong “tough guy” friend. They ride motorcycles together, and monster trucks and they often have scary adventures together but no matter what happens the stories always end the same way, “…and then we went to my Mall and me and T.J.Max got lots of candy!” That is Gideon’s version of “happily ever after”.
Aunt Karen (who is a real person, not just an imaginary person) is Gideon’s adult imaginary friend. He will often use Aunt Karen to try to veto one of my decisions.
He will say, “Aunt Karen says I don’t have to wear pants outside” or “my Aunt Karen says I can have gum for breakfast…”
“Well Aunt Karen is not in charge around here. I AM!”
He’s such a great little guy. I can’t wait to see what is in store for him.
In other completely unrelated news~
We said goodbye to the garden. It wasn’t quite finished but we are tilling and spraying in an effort to start planning our landscaping. The thought of green grass surrounding the house makes my soul happy!
I took these pictures of Eliza this week. She has been a little extra tired this week. I was cleaning the house and found her in my sewing room trying to pull my pin cushion off my desk. I snatched it from her grasp just in time. She responded by throwing herself on the ground and crying. I ignored her. Soon she stopped crying but when I hadn’t heard a peep from her in 10 minutes I got suspicious. I came around the corner and saw her lying just like this.
A few more Noodlehead clutches.
And for the first time all summer I made some new posies for my Etsy shop.
I’m also having fun experimenting with the pictures and props. I do not have a natural talent for photography, so I experiment a lot and take LOTS of pictures. Out of dozens of shots I usually get one or two that are decent.
That has been the challenge of having an Etsy shop. It’s not enough to just have a cute product, you have to have great presentation too. Photography is key in attracting business, so I’ve had to work harder on my pictures than my product, but I’m starting to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
If you get a few minutes stop by my shop! Let me know what you think.