Last weekend my mom came to visit while my dad went to his annual car show. I hardly snapped any pictures, but we had a great time.
For starters, my son had a new dishwashing partner. (Thank you, Mom!)
And, my girls had a new model to try their hairstyles onto. (Thanks again, Mom!)
The girls also had someone to play lots of games with and who treated them to ice cream even in the rain… gotta love grandmas! We did kick them out to play a little, though, as evidenced here. The reason for this was so that my mom could help me on a little room project. I want to finish it this week so I can show you pictures! (Not to mention, they always ask to go outside in the rain!)
Sierra’s pose says it all… Yippee for Grandma visiting!
Thursday is library day around here. (Every other Thursday, that is.) This week as we walked into the library, Sierra was immediately drawn to a book. This never happens. I read the book, and she seemed interested.. and then we got to the end… and there it was:
… a recipe for the magic pink cupcakes! Why are they magic? Because when you add a “wish” to be a princess, your wish comes true! NOW this book was a huge hit!
She could hardly wait to get home. ”Can we make them now?” We decided to wait until Friday, as my parents were on their way to our house. Friday morning came, and the mixer came out with the sun!
I was almost as excited as Sierra. After all, who doesn’t love a good cupcake? Especially on a rainy day! But, I know my girl… and therefore I had a little apprehension. Would she be disappointed if she wasn’t a real princess after eating one?
The moment came, and she took a bite!
I did my best to bow down and pretend she was a princess. But, she knew it was “pretend.” And, my apprehension proved correct. She was a little disappointed. And so it goes. Being a “good mom,” (ha!) I did explain that she truly was a princess… the daughter of the most high king, JESUS! That’s truth and that’s wonderful. Her response? ”But I still don’t look like a princess!” Well, I tried. It was fun… and I’m looking forward to another pink cupcake after lunch today!
Rain… HALLELUJAH! We heard it was coming and rejoiced… but the entire week before, I made them play outside a lot. We even bought bubbles! Now we have the pictures to give us a little sunshine on this rainy day.
From the time my kids were little, our visits to the park never seemed “traditional.” What I mean is, my kids never seemed to just want to run around and play. In fact, my oldest at age 2 would ask to sit and “talk.” (That has not changed.) Granted, we all love the park. We find different ways to be creative and have fun. But, it’s rarely kids run off and mom relaxes on a bench. (And that’s ok with me, too… mostly!) Anyway, after this particular park trip, the kids came home with pinecones to paint.
Miss Natalie still loves writing and illustrating stories. But, they are always top secret for weeks until she is done. I often walk by her desk (curtain closed) and pull the curtain back and say “boo” to tease her. This particular day, she got me — I was walking by when suddenly, “BOO!” I jumped, and we both had a great laugh!
I don’t know how many of these paper “dolls” I have made. I estimate close to a hundred, and that’s not exaggerating. It is still a favorite pastime for my girls. I smile when I think it may be a fond childhood memory that they will cherish and perhaps a tradition they will pass on to their own girls. Basically, it goes like this: (Forgive me if you’ve read this before!) I cut a paper into thirds. I tai my black pen and draw as the girls describe their doll in detail. They then name the rolland color it in with watercolors. This is only the beginning. After that, it is hours of play. Love. this. tradition.
It would have been so much easier to do by himself…
But that’s not how my husband thinks. In fact, Malachi was not even asking to help. Daniel called him over. He purposefully enlisted his help!
And, Malachi was thrilled. This is not even new to having boys. From the time our girls were little, Daniel has enlisted their help in home projects.
I love the teaching that takes place. And the bonding. And the sense of accomplishment, pride, and confidence he’s building in our children. And, of course, the cute pictures to go with it!
No, he didn’t have to ask for help. Yes, it would have been easier to do it alone.
But I’m so glad he chose not to! Oh, and take a look at our cute little lights I found on clearance at Target:
It happens every time…
Whenever we are all in a room together, one of the kids always yells out, “FAMILY TIME!” Suddenly Malachi’s arms are lifted and he requests, “Dance with me.” Or a little curly top is crawling onto my shoulders. Or kids are singing, “Daddy be a horseeee.” Frankly, chaos ensues. But there is a lot of laughter. And a lot of smiles. And a lot of joy and relationship happening.
I rarely grab my camera. I don’t want to interrupt the moment. After all, that is what it’s all about! But this time I did… just to capture it, and remember it, and hold onto it. I love that it still happens and pray it never stops — even if the horseeee can no longer crawl due to the weight!
Lately, I’ve had so many projects inside my head that I want to do around the house that I don’t know where to begin! It seems by the time I put the kids to bed and clean up the house, I am just zonked. So, even though most of the projects are fairly simple and fun, I just don’t have the energy. (Not-to-mention, I am loving reading THIS book my husband got me for my birthday every “free” minute I get!) But, I finally worked up a little energy last weekend and did something I’ve been thinking about for a while but haven’t gotten to… painting numbers on my bar stools. (I also got my free birthday drink from Starbucks before it expires… I hardly ever go there, but I certainly can’t pass up free and I think the caffeine helped!)
I used the trick I learned from JDC, which is to print up what you want, color chalk on the back of your printed paper, and then trace it onto your surface. Best. Trick. Ever.
I then traced the chalk likes with a sharpie. I intended to paint the inside, but decided just to color it all in with the Sharpie, as well. (I’m hoping that was the right decision and that they won’t wear off or smudge!) But, I love how they turned out: