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We like to put washi tape on our sidewalk chalk so that fingers don't get as dusty.

We like to put washi tape on our sidewalk chalk so that fingers don't get as dusty.

photo fun

When Finley turned four in March, I gave him a very special present. His very own camera. And not child's toy or cheap one... a moderately priced "grown-up" camera.

I spent considerable time figuring out which one to buy—it had to be fairly easy to use with settings and navigation that he could understand. I decided on a Canon Powershot SX170 IS, partially because it looks like a miniature version of my camera (a Canon 5D Mark II) with a similar arrangement of dials. You can manually set your speed and aperture and it is lightweight with the grip and shutter button arrangement good for small hands.

Of course I was a bit wary of letting a newly-four-year-old boy have access to such an expensive object, but he has always shown respect for "his" iPad and his toys. He has always shown an interest in photography and had been documenting things with the iPad (which is really quite awkward to take photos with, especially for a child). When I'm using Instagram, Finley always has recommendations for what filter to select.

His affinity for photography and his interest in the camera and how to use it has been fantastic. It's so much fun to have a photography buddy and to see the world as framed from his perspective. He has a definite point of view and will direct his subject in order to achieve what he wants in the picture. (I guess he was learning from me all along!)

Here are some photos we've taken together, from both of our perspectives.

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heart factory

Finley and I endeavoured to make twenty or so Valentines for his classmates.

Finley and I endeavoured to make twenty or so Valentines for his classmates.

I cut a heart out of a piece of cardboard that we used as a stencil.

I cut a heart out of a piece of cardboard that we used as a stencil.

Finley did most of them, but ran out of stencil steam by about 15 cards in... I was happy to do the rest.

Finley did most of them, but ran out of stencil steam by about 15 cards in... I was happy to do the rest.

After letting the paint dry for a while, we revisited the project with another fun activity: rubber stamping! This day-long card-making project turned out great and we were all proud of Finley's effort and concentration.

After letting the paint dry for a while, we revisited the project with another fun activity: rubber stamping! This day-long card-making project turned out great and we were all proud of Finley's effort and concentration.

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My little guy is suddenly three. (Can you believe that this is how he first appeared? And at one year old. And two.) It has been three wonderful years!

Each year I've made some sort of number with which I photograph Finley. This year I had wanted to finish a quilt, but since our basement flooded last November I haven't set up my sewing room and that quilt remains in limbo. Besides, he always kicks his blankets off the bed anyway! So this year's prop was quick and easy—a gigantic cardboard number that he helped paint orange... a proved to be much more fun.

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pom pom

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I'm not immune to the pom pom craze that is sweeping Pinterest. So I made this garland that will look nice through Christmas and into the new year.

my little artist

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Finley and I gathered the last few flowers from the yard.

Finley and I gathered the last few flowers from the yard.

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Someone had other ideas about where the flowers should go.

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marker pail

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Markers are fun in lots of ways!

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elephant

One evening last month, I made this elephant softie. He looks simple enough and required just a few hours from sketching out a pattern to stitching on his button eyes. Of course if I consider how long I'd been saving the fabric and that I had intended on sewing a little animal for Finley when he was first born... then this elephant took just over two years.

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choo choo chalk

I've always thought that a summer sidewalk decorated with chalk makes for a happy neighbourhood. Finley isn't adept at drawing his own sidewalk art just yet, but he certainly can art direct! (It's always a train.) The chalk was left outside in a downpour and it actually applies much easier to the sidewalk when both is a bit wet—though you go through much more chalk.

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