T to-the-GIF! What a week. So emotionally draining and paralyzing.
We've managed to make some good memories, have some good times, and even get a little work done this week. I can't claim much in the way of productivity, but I did see a couple of family members take on some big jobs.
Tim started working on our girl's broken Tracker. New axle. (Don't ask.)
I certainly do not envy him at this point. Yuck. What a mess!
My girl is missing her little Tracker, but we are definitely NOT missing the added gas expenses. :oP
While Dad was busy tearing her car apart, our girl was busy doing yard work. Gardening is very calming while keeping your body and mind busy. Just look how great my flower beds are looking!
See the lilies coming up? Won't be long until the garden is filled with colorful flowers.
I decided to create a mini art gallery of kids' art in the short hallway by their bedrooms. It's a tiny wall, but I think it turned out nice, although I would like to have a little more room:
I've been picking up frames at thrift stores just for this purpose. I'm finding that it is difficult to switch out pieces like I had planned.
All of my kids are very creative. I guess it comes naturally from my art background and Tim's photography background. They all love to paint, draw, take pictures, and create masterpieces.
This is Cade's Picasso from last year. It's one of my all-time favorites.
And this is his field of purple flowers. So pretty! He was 9 when he did this one. He will be 10 in 3 weeks. Double digits!
These are Eli's (age 5):
Mario and Bowser. He LOVES Mario.
And a very colorful watercolor project.
Eli had a day off from school today so we hung out and painted together. He did this watercolor all by himself and I just love it! I love the boldness of it. What do you think?
Isn't it lovely??
I taught him all about smash painting. Just the name of it sounds like great boy fun. To create smash art you apply blobs of paint to the paper. Once you have all the colors you want, you fold the paper in half and smash it with your hand. You can rub it around or drag your fingers across with varying pressure to create different effects.
I did these two so my little one could see what to do. The top one looks like a flower, doesn't it? And the bottom one looks like Mighty Mouse. Ha!!
Can you see the mouse??
Here are Eli's smash paintings. He calls the top one Koopa (from Mario, of course). He didn't give the bottom one a name, but I think it looks like oriental art. It's beautiful!
Eli recently discovered the Nick Jr show "Blue's Clues" and absolutely loves it. He was so excited when he found this at a thrift store today:
His joy was so obvious, so complete, so overflowing that the store manager gave Eli the stuffed toy on the spot. Wasn't that nice??
As I was finishing up this post, my little one grabbed Dad's camera (yeah, the one he GAVE me, then took back) and snapped a quick self portrait. Of course, I just had to share it. It's upside down! lol
In about an hour we will kick off the spring soccer season with Cade's first practice. He is so excited! And so am I. I hope he has a great time.
Life goes on...
Thank goodness His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) Seriously.
Have a great weekend!