Why don't I? Well because I can be pretty lazy & sometimes, those brain-stimulating activities can be anxiety-inducing as well. Have you ever tried to do any sort of crafting project with a six year old? A two year old? Things rarely go smoothly & instead of a quiet, fun-filled afternoon of memory-making you can easily (and very quickly) end up with a huge mess & two unhappy, uninterested children. Not to mention a mom who could probably use a stiff drink.
This weekend, things will be different. I will remember my promise to live in The Now. Monday is Memorial Day and that means NO SCHOOL which gives me plenty of time to fill. I started a Pinterest account & created a board, 'Kid Projects'. Maybe this will help me find things to do with them, even if it won't actually make me do them. At least it's a start; a small step in the right direction.
I have a couple things on the list already: home-made finger paints and fairy dust jars. Since I need glow sticks & some jars for the fairy dust, I tried the finger paint this morning. It's pretty easy to make, you just need to keep on stirring and don't let it get too thick or lumpy. I got it right on the second try & I used an ice cube tray instead of baby food jars; it worked great. We'll have oddly colored fingers for the next few days but it was fun. Phoenix helped me make the paint and add the food coloring.
This time, I had fun; I stayed 'present' and focused on keeping calm & being happy instead of expecting everything to go perfectly. While I still wouldn't say 'No' to a glass (or bottle) of wine, I don't feel like it's necessary to maintain my sanity. In fact, I'm already making plans for tomorrow. Maybe we'll try doing a "neighborhood" scavenger hunt or take a trip to the Dollar Tree for glow sticks & jelly jars; either way, I'm going to seize the day & make it a good one.
Happy Memorial weekend, everyone! Be safe, have fun & make some memories ♥
|Two brothers, painting the day away!|
|"Didya know I'm a good painter? Yeah, like my Uncle Joel." ♥|
|Little hands & tiny fingers make the most perfect paintbrushes|