The Quirks and The Artist

Carter has the cutest quirks.  I say they are cute but sometimes they can be – well… let’s just say they can be problems at times as well.

P1070119Carter loves to name off all the Skylanders he has (which he has a lot) and he likes to name off all the Skylanders he does not have.  He goes through spells of walking around in a circle and naming them off.  Yes, this can be cute for a minute or two but when 10 minutes go by and we need to be somewhere or do something then it becomes a problem.  Example:  This morning he got ready for school and ate his breakfast (he was done earlier than usual)… he decided to he would hold 2 or 3 Skylanders in his hand and walk around in a circle around all his other Skylanders that were laying on the floor.  He started naming all the ones he had… by the time he got to the one’s he did not have it was time to leave for school.  He did not want to leave until he was done listing them all… so, needless to say I had to have patience.  I finally was able to sweet talk him into the car by telling him that we can list all the Skylanders he didn’t have while riding in the car.  I know now that Skylanders will have to be put away every night and not be brought back out until after he is done with his homework in the evenings… or we may never make it to school.

Carter loves to sing.  He loves to sing “his” songs the way he wants to sing them.  If I try to sing along with him… I don’t sing them right.  It makes him so mad… but it is so cute.  Maybe I am wrong for thinking it is cute… but at least he tells me he is angry because I do not sing the songs the way he wants them to be sung.  At least he can express his emotions when I do not sing something right. “Mommy, I don’t like the way you sing it.  You make me angry because you do not sing the song right.”    Below is his song… “I’m a Drumming Monkey”… (excuse the mess… it was Christmas morning and the living room was a disaster)


Carter is my little artist.  He would draw all day if I let him.  I think for a five year old he draws pretty darn good.  Again, if he is drawing  and we have to be somewhere  or have to do something – he has issues stopping.  In his mind he can’t stop until he has completed his work.  If we make him stop – all he can think about is finishing his masterpiece.

A couple of quotes that I like and remind me of Carter and his “art”…

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher


Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~Pablo Picasso


Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.  ~Georgia O’Keeffe


What I love about Carter the most is right now – he doesn’t know that he is quirky and he lives in the moment.  His mind loves to learn, loves to imagine, loves to draw, loves to sing… his heart loves all things Skylanders, Spongebob, musical instruments, his brother, mommy and daddy…  his soul is perfect in every way.  I pray every day that he will always remain this way.



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