After voting we tried to make an afternoon of fair fun. A local town puts on a large agricultural fair each year for labor day weekend and the boys just love it. My husband and I, not so much, but we decided to just get it over with. We were there less than 30 minutes and decided it was just too hot to stay. We were miserable and sweaty and all just wanted to jump in the lake to cool off. So we came home and did just that. The boys swam in the lake, rode the jet ski, jumped off the bridge, used the rope swing and swam, and swam and swam. Apparently these are all things they do with daddy when I'm gone. I'm kind of glad too. It makes me nervous just watching them but they love it. I was amazed that my boys were able to swim from the bridge they jump off, over to the rope swing, down to my brother in law's house (where they take a short break) and then all the way back to our house. Evan is the only one who wears a life jacket... as I said they make me nervous but I was still amazed they are able to swim such a great distance but at least I was following along in my kayak if they needed any help.
After walking through the art contest displays it reaffirmed our decision to enter artwork into next years' fair. I really wanted to help the boys enter some work this year but had missed the deadline. I was kicking myself for that last night as I figured Alec would've won. I don't mean to brag but when we walked into the first building I told my husband that Alec's bird drawing reminded me of the ones we were looking at... upon closer inspection I realized I was looking at the grade 5-8 exhibit... by the time we made it down to the kindergarten booth he would have been entered in I was worried they wouldn't have believed it was drawn by a kindergartner! His art teacher always told me he was a gifted artist and better than some of her fourth graders and I always nodded along but I guess I never really got it.. until last night! I need to get him drawing again. But not just opened ended "let's explore" type projects. I've been exposing him to different media but trying not to give him assignments of what to draw. I know his art teacher used to set up still lives or give them photographs to draw from and that's when he really excelled so that's what I need to start doing. Ian would love to enter some work too and I want to support his creativity too. I try so hard to help him take pride in his work too. I'm always so afraid he could feel overshadowed by his younger brother since Alec does excel in school and art and many people comment on that. But I keep reminding Ian he'd always choose something outside and more work related whereas Alec would happily read and draw all day. The interest makes the difference in the outcome. We discussed all the different ways you can enter the fair too-- art & drawing, sculpture, baking, sewing, etc. I think perhaps wood working might be the venue for Ian so we'll start experimenting with that this year too, but perhaps if he's interested in winning a contest he'll put 100% effort into some artwork and blow us all away with his skill too. You just never know!
|A sample of Alec's work... so you can judge for yourself. |