Sunday, July 10, 2011

clothing optional

This was one of those days that the kids kept asking for me to build forts and play pretend and all they kept hearing was,

"In a minute..."
"Just a sec..."
"After I finish ______(fill in the blank: laundry, dishes, shower, pick-up, bills, phone calls)...."

By the end of the day, they were frustrated and so was I.
We all had needs and none of them were being met.

So I decided I needed to do something to entertain them.
I pulled out some of these liquid watercolors that I had in my craft cabinet.

We filled up some spray bottles and got out a white top sheet (we hate those tangly top sheets in our house), and away they went.

That sheet was their canvas and they loved it.
Then their bodies became their canvas.
(pretending to be bloody monsters)
And maybe the stucco on the house was their canvas too...

But they were so happy and busy for at least an hour (music to my ears).

So what I learned (even though I probably already knew) was that the old adage is true:

TAKE time to MAKE time!

Would you believe it worked?

{PS: clothing is optional in our house}


Jenn said...

So cute! (Cute kid tush too :) And such a fun idea. I have plenty of those days that need a good painting experience at the end.

the 2nd tallest tree said...

Oh why, Oh why, can't I just have a smidgen of your cleverness. Instead all I say is, "Not today", "Not right now", "I'm busy". Patience would be a bonus, too. I have none of that. :P