Glitter Pinecones & Girls
We got our glue on and glittered some pinecones! A week ago Friday we opened up our daily activity advent calendar envelope and were excited to find a craft! And as far as where we are at on keeping to that calendar, pretty well! We have missed a couple but we make up for it by opening them after naps if we don't remember or get to it in the morning, or we open yesterday's today, no biggie! Oh, and making snowflakes out of paper was MUCH harder than I ever knew! So much folding and origami stuff- so we sort of tried after momma watched a how-to on YouTube and finally gave up on that one. But the girls are excited to grab and scoot the dining chairs over to the garland and open one and Remy reminds me, "Let's open our envelope!" Her excitement for Christmas this year is magnetic and joyous and pure MAGIC! She loves to take things and was a large fleece blanket around it and "gift" it to me! The other night as I was leaving her room at bed night she exclaimed, "It's so dark in here! DASH it all! Momma what does dash it all mean?" Ha! She also asks many times what all the names of the reindeer are. And her letter to Santa? Gold. Something narrated like this, "Dear Santa, How do your elves get all the presents in your sleigh? Do they PUT them in or PLACE them in? Dear Santa, how will you get my Anna & Elsa dolls in your sleigh?" P.S. She totally FOUND the dolls! DASH it all!!! I was running an errand the other night and husband was fixing something in the basement and she found it under the guest room bed! Did I totally skew up Santa's game this year? I have explained that Mama and Baba give gifts and Santa brings gifts. I'm good right?!
The girls are showing interest in all things coloring, marker-ing, stamping, sticking, anything artsy and so I had planned for us to make glittery pinecones, something I remember doing in school growing up, on a day after our little winter nature walk we did when we had collected some! No instructions or guides necessary, just dabble some glue and sprinkle on glitter- pretty easy! We found the pinecones along our walk to the park and I had a bottle of Elmer's glue hanging around. I also had some little packets of glitter, but I did buy some new tubes of glitter from the Dollar Tree to add to what we had because we wanted some green, silver and purple. So the activity seriously cost us $1! We have a bowl full of shiny pinecones on our coffee table, and still finding green glitter on our faces and feet randomly to show for the fun morning the girls and I had.
It's rare, okay NEVER, that I actually ORGANIZE craft activities at home, one BIG plus in my book for pre-school, I didn't feel we were there yet with our attention spans and fine motor skills, but these girls really surprised me! Even Arlo was helping squirt the glue into a cup for dipping! She is in a VERY strong phase of, "I onna do et! I ONNA do et MY SELF!" So determined and stubborn is she about doing EVERYTHING HERSELF, that we have had to take her out of the tub to let her crawl in herself, with us spotting, or out of the carseat so she could take an additional three minutes to struggle and climb in. On and on...but she was really doing a great job of painting on the glue all by herself! She was very precise and didn't drip glue all over. I helped sprinkle the glitter for her, but she did great for two! Remy was awesome! She is SO ready for crafts! She glued the pinecone herself and proceeded to sprinkle a little, a lot of MOST of the glitter colors on one pinecone. I suggested doing another pinecone, but she was content in putting as much glitter she could on ONE.
A very big thank you to Amy Jenkins of Bonella Photography who came over and had coffee and chatted and snapped a few photos of the girls and I! Some of my favorite shots include me feeding them oatmeal, because it's something that happens every day and probably goes undocumented in most households, but how important edifying our bodies is! I am so THANKFUL that I have been able to be here to feed them their breakfast, or have a husband who does his famous oatmeal and feedings too, but we are blessed that we have made this staying home thing work for this long. It is not getting easier for me- quite the contrary. I have been a HUGE stress ball and become very exhausted and easily angered and frustrated and tired. After four years of staying home with my girls, who bring so much joy, I am discovering I have given so much of myself round the clock, that I am reaching out for help and going to try a sitter this week for a couple of hours. To get air! Not to do errands, or grocery shop or go to the post office, but jus to BE and do something for myself or do NOTHING to feel like myself! I won't say I came to this discovery on my own, things sort of have come to a head, and I am HOPING that having some time away from these cuties who dump glitter on my floor while I'm pouring a cup of coffee will be a big stress reliever for everyone in my family.
Other favorite photos from Amy are the ones of Remy's glittery hands after she dumped it all over my kitchen floor and rubbed it right into her palms like lotion. Arlo smiling so big with those dimples under her eyes! So glad I have these photos to look back on someday and remember how thrilling, how spontaneous these days were, but also how tiring and taxing and depleting. My tired eyes, my last minute pony tails, my new favorite tights I wear at home, me being silly with wooden pizza toppings in my squinted eyes, me laying on the floor with both girls on my knees playing, "Dobba-Doo," a game we made up wherein I bounce them up and down and flip them up a little like a bucking bronco. How else do you think I get my leg workouts in?
I also want to thank husband for taking the girls this Sunday so I could stay home and be alone! I wrapped presents and watched Christmas Vacation! I took pilates, had a coffee and then when I came home I was happy and bubbly and cooking up supper! Then... Remy had a full blown tantrum because she couldn't open said wrapped present and it went on for twenty minutes and the stress-ometer was sort of needling on "BLOW UP" but I had my partner there to tag in and help with that so I could focus on dinner. Happy to note that I have booked that sitter for this Thursday! Starting to be so anxious and excited for 2016 to be OVER and set and attack some NEW personal goals. Personal being the opportune word.
Wearing: I am wearing a track jacket from a LONG time ago, purchased at Square One (long gone now) a boutique on Larimer Square, but can't beat an original track jacket like this one, and my favorite leggings as of late from Old Navy. The girls are wearing sweatshirts from Blune like this and this, and sweatpants from Gardener & the Gang (similar here).