This summer has been kind of tough for me “creativity wise”. I was very ambitous the week before school let out for the summer. I had all these great plans. I was going to get craft supplies, I was going to get organized, and I was going to figure out ways to MAKE my children get along and not fight.
I am already losing hair from the constant bickering back and forth and the screaming. We are only the second week in and I was figuring that if things kept going at this pace, I would be completely bald before the end of the summer!
This is usually how it goes. Kid #1 starts yelling and complaining about Kid #2 licking her. Then Kid #1 slaps Kid #2. Then Kid #2 slaps Kid #1 back. Then Kid #3, who is going through his “flashing” stage, decides it would be a good idea to run around the house showing parts of him that shouldn’t be shown.
I finally cracked and said to myself, “SELF! We are going to the craft store and buying some stuff!”
So, self and self’s offspring piled up in the car and headed out. I went without a plan. Just grabbing anything and everything that I thought would work. Probably would have been better to go WITH a plan because taking a 3, 6, and 8 year old to the craft store is like taking them to Disney World.
“Mom! Can we get this?” “Mom! Can we get that?” “MOM!” “MOM”! “MOM!”
Anyhoo! I got out the door for about $80 and after I forced the uncontrollable urge to throw up from price shock back down, we walked to the car and headed home.
Getting home was chaotic at first. They seriously wanted to do every craft we bought within the first 5 minutes of being home. After they realized they were going to lose that war, they settled down and we finally came up with a game plan.
We will try to do atleast one craft a day and hopefully mommy won’t have to spend $80 a week on crafts, resulting in financial ruin.
The first one we did was Aidan’s Pirate Ship. Pay no attention to the fact that it is actually a birdhouse. We don’t!!!
Total time for this project? Twenty minutes of PURE, BLISSFUL, QUIET TIME.
Now, I only have to figure out what to do for the other 23 hours and 40 minutes of the day, minus sleeping time.
As god as my witness, these kids are not going to lick me! Literally!
Oh well, it IS a pretty good lookin ship!
Uh! Oh! Gotta go! Kids are fighting!!!