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Splash Pad, August 2018 by symonx Splash Pad, August 2018 :iconsymonx:symonx 5 0 Kite Flying with Ivy by symonx Kite Flying with Ivy :iconsymonx:symonx 2 0 15 Minutes by symonx 15 Minutes :iconsymonx:symonx 9 1 2017 Winter - Park 5 by symonx 2017 Winter - Park 5 :iconsymonx:symonx 3 0 Business Card - Code Edition by symonx Business Card - Code Edition :iconsymonx:symonx 2 2 Gaming Stats, Google Sheets by symonx Gaming Stats, Google Sheets :iconsymonx:symonx 2 0 Office View 2017-10-09 by symonx Office View 2017-10-09 :iconsymonx:symonx 2 0 Chalk - 2017-04-23 by symonx Chalk - 2017-04-23 :iconsymonx:symonx 2 2 Jesse in Hollywood 2017-09-22 by symonx Jesse in Hollywood 2017-09-22 :iconsymonx:symonx 2 0 Park 2017-09-03 by symonx Park 2017-09-03 :iconsymonx:symonx 3 0 A maze for my son - DA 17th Birthday by symonx A maze for my son - DA 17th Birthday :iconsymonx:symonx 0 2
Lunch with Ivy
Alena is waiting for a delivery at her parents house. Jesse is at school. Ivy woke up from her nap around 1:15 and I brought her to the living room and held her close for a few minutes. She is readjusting to the waking world.
Her little body feels warm and safe in my arms.
I adore the brief moments she cuddles with me, when she feels completely relaxed and unencumbered by the world. Soon she is playing with toys and I am putting on some music to help pass the time.
Somewhere in my mind I knew I should check her diaper and then get out her lunch. But I started to doze a little bit, having last slept for a 5 hour set. Every few minutes Ivy brings me a jumble of toy necklaces and bracelets to untangle.
But then she brings me a “pouch”, our word for this small packet of fruit puree that Alena and I know we need to stop buying as they made some kind of convenient sense for babies, but not much sense for toddlers who don’t need the sugar of fruit without the fiber of the re
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Exploring 2016-10-15 by symonx Exploring 2016-10-15 :iconsymonx:symonx 5 0 Alien Fresh by symonx Alien Fresh :iconsymonx:symonx 5 1 Peppa 2016-02-14 by symonx Peppa 2016-02-14 :iconsymonx:symonx 8 1 Trees 2016-11-22 by symonx Trees 2016-11-22 :iconsymonx:symonx 7 0


Insomnia by hescalledthe Insomnia :iconhescalledthe:hescalledthe 3 1 Mara Sov and Cayde-6 in real life by Songbird-cosplay Mara Sov and Cayde-6 in real life :iconsongbird-cosplay:Songbird-cosplay 88 7 Indefinite by Zmaslo Indefinite :iconzmaslo:Zmaslo 676 38 In the Mist by xrust In the Mist :iconxrust:xrust 437 33 Holding for so long by NanoMortis Holding for so long :iconnanomortis:NanoMortis 11,048 233 Singing In The Rain by GorosArt Singing In The Rain :icongorosart:GorosArt 3,364 165 Roofs of Prague IV by olideb08 Roofs of Prague IV :iconolideb08:olideb08 27 1 Amsterdam II by Dapicture Amsterdam II :icondapicture:Dapicture 672 37 City colors by ralucsernatoni City colors :iconralucsernatoni:ralucsernatoni 126 15 Winter in Edinburgh by takmaj Winter in Edinburgh :icontakmaj:takmaj 754 38 toothpaste moon by rainbow-falls toothpaste moon :iconrainbow-falls:rainbow-falls 120 87 Freddie by tavington Freddie :icontavington:tavington 32 8 Shark by AAAHartvisen Shark :iconaaahartvisen:AAAHartvisen 35 8 Unconventional contest: Garbage Ocean by dead-kittens3 Unconventional contest: Garbage Ocean :icondead-kittens3:dead-kittens3 87 52 Black Label in Black Square by ahermin Black Label in Black Square :iconahermin:ahermin 32 6 Soft Boy by tavington Soft Boy :icontavington:tavington 255 57


Indefinite by Zmaslo Indefinite :iconzmaslo:Zmaslo 676 38 In the Mist by xrust In the Mist :iconxrust:xrust 437 33 Roofs of Prague IV by olideb08 Roofs of Prague IV :iconolideb08:olideb08 27 1 Amsterdam II by Dapicture Amsterdam II :icondapicture:Dapicture 672 37 City colors by ralucsernatoni City colors :iconralucsernatoni:ralucsernatoni 126 15 Shanghai by xMEGALOPOLISx Shanghai :iconxmegalopolisx:xMEGALOPOLISx 252 8 The Only Way Is Up by shishas The Only Way Is Up :iconshishas:shishas 68 7 Maria. by modnikova Maria. :iconmodnikova:modnikova 122 14 Tom Petty by makepictures Tom Petty :iconmakepictures:makepictures 7 2 Tram 7A Helsinki bw by Pajunen Tram 7A Helsinki bw :iconpajunen:Pajunen 726 119 teashoulders by ChuTuliu teashoulders :iconchutuliu:ChuTuliu 1,023 40 To let Go by Oer-Wout To let Go :iconoer-wout:Oer-Wout 2,335 69 My Red solitude by incisler My Red solitude :iconincisler:incisler 1,604 205 Galaxy by imveryconfused Galaxy :iconimveryconfused:imveryconfused 2,033 175 my lost jewels by Floriandra my lost jewels :iconfloriandra:Floriandra 2,166 226 -Autumnal dreaming- by Janek-Sedlar -Autumnal dreaming- :iconjanek-sedlar:Janek-Sedlar 2,348 187


Little bit impatient


Favorite Digital Artists
takmaj, jasinski

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Police, Johnny Cash, M83, Bon Iver

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series by Robert Parker

Destiny, Table Tennis, Chess

Appaloosa, Heat, Kicking and Screaming (Noah Baumbach's), Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums

Favorite TV Shows
Bojack Horseman, Legion, The Office, Better Call Saul, Justified, Deadwood


Golden gate bridge by takmaj Golden gate bridge :icontakmaj:takmaj 2,798 403 Madrid by takmaj Madrid :icontakmaj:takmaj 2,762 327 market in Brussels by takmaj market in Brussels :icontakmaj:takmaj 1,708 127 Sunset in Poznan by takmaj Sunset in Poznan :icontakmaj:takmaj 2,376 255 Laundry in Venice by takmaj Laundry in Venice :icontakmaj:takmaj 936 79


My daughters name is Ivy.

She. is. a. character. She realized pretty early that she could make us laugh. We encourage her creativity, and we laugh with her. But we also think about balance. Sometimes it's tough not to laugh too much at certain things. We try to show her that she doesn't need to constantly entertain us, and that our love and attention isn't conditional.

Her use of language fascinates me. She started speaking in sentences later than I thought she would. Instead, she uses gestures to communicate more than our son does. But now at four, Ivy talks a lot. And to a biased dad, she has interesting things to say, or interesting ways of saying them.

When she was two, she referred to water as, "no". I think she made that connection because we would ask her, "Ivy do you want some water? ..No? Ok sweetie well just tell us if you get thirsty."

I think we followed the first question with second because her facial expressions seemed to us like indecisiveness or a desire to say no without disappointing us. Eventually she began to associate water with, "no", and despite our gentle protestations, Ivy held onto the tradition for several months.

It was a fun little quirk.

In the Fall, we visit the local Pumpkin Patch. It's a popular spot in our small town, and this day was no exception. Waiting in traffic, I said something about a crowd, and Ivy echoed my sentiment with the following words: "Crowded like a mungo."

She said it with the kind of casualness you imagine only adults have learned. Laughing, I asked, "Mungo?"

THAT'S WHAT I SAID, she announced, switching very quickly from casual to defensive, as if she understood that I was questioning the legitimacy of mungo as a real word.

She's four.

Over the next few weeks I had the great pleasure of witnessing her exploration of this word. To her mom, she would walk up and say, "Hungry like a muungooo". To her brother, whilst picking books to read before bed, "Mungo book!" And to express exasperation at something happening in a tv show, "What in the mungo??"

After some prodding and some consultation with our 7-year old son, Jesse, we gathered that Ivy first started saying "mungo" after watching an Octonauts episode that involved Flamingos.

It especially tickled me that she was using it in the way we use curses. Originally, it might have meant, flamingo. But now it's a catch-all.

Where I might say, and not in front of the kids, "what in the actual fuck?" Ivy says, "what in the actual mungo?" And as far as I can tell, she does it completely unprompted. That is, we don't curse around her, apart from the very seldom, "Shit" at a stubbed toe or something. She's not in school yet. We know what media she consumes. It just came naturally to her to explore the word this way.

We try not to laugh too hard at it all the time, because it's fun to see her explore naturally instead of just trying to make us laugh.

I love being a dad. Seeing little people learn language, develop personalities, and imagine worlds, is so unexpectedly fun. You know that all of this will be a part of it, but there's just no way of predicting the specific joy you feel. The joy you get seeing and being a part of their growing up, as it happens.

And I know it's not unique at all, from a certain vantage point, this thing I'm describing. There's even some kind of comfort in knowing that parents in India, Hawaii, Palestine, Israel, Russia, China, and all over the world, are experiencing this is exact thing I'm talking about. But from another view, the specialness of the contours of our little family, can never really be duplicated, or adequately expressed, or known in the way that I get to know them, right now. And I cherish that.

both of my kids are geeking out with chrome music lab rn hah letting mom sleep in

Making good progress on a work project for DA. It's fun to be a small part of some huge changes coming soon around here. #eclipse


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lemontea Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
justb Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2019   Writer
much love, from many many many years ago. it is fun sometimes to think back to origins. 25 years I would wager to guess at least. always admired you a great deal. #mp3
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SelflessDevotions Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018   Digital Artist
I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas! :)
shishas Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018
   .. :icontightllamahug:llaaama 
Vex27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh shit! It's a living, breathing, DeviantART Staff member :eager: OH NOES 
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