Friday, February 20, 2015

Help: I'm Going Crazy Cooped Up Inside With These Kids

This cold weather is really starting to wear on my nerves. I have a seven year old boy who must  go outside every day or bad things will happen. Can anyone relate? Today it's so cold and windy there's no hope of getting my little guy out- yikes! What's a mom to do? Help me Pinterest, help me! I checked my DIY board and came up with a few ideas.

Art to the rescue! I started by covering my table with craft paper for easy-peasy clean-up, then put out the pencils and watercolors for some crafty fun. If you don't have paper specifically for watercolors, pick some up, it really makes a big difference in the end product. I put out a little fruit still life and stood back.

I had this picture in my mind of my kids doing their artwork, you know, all smiley and everyone cooperating and beautiful masterpieces being turned out, oh my gosh, so didn't happen. First there was total confusion from Matthew about how to draw the bowl, and then a dog joined in and ended up with a watercolor heart tatoo on her belly, then Matthew turned over his cup of water and it puddled all onto the floor. This is pretty regular if you know Matthew. Bless his heart. So much for picture perfect.

On the bright side, they had fun, we passed some time and some really great art was made. A giant Pinterest fail,  but I don't think the good life is really meant to be pin-worthy. 

If you're pulling your hair trying to figure out how in the world you can make it till warm weather arrives, give art a try,  not the pinnable kind, but the real life kind. And take heart, it can't possibly be any worse of a mess than ours!

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  1. Love this post, and love seeing the kids create.

  2. I just found your blog thru A Pocketful of Blue and wanted to say hi. This post is adorable. Thanks for keeping it real. : ) There's something about seeing watercolors that invokes such great memories of my childhood. Hang in there. Spring is not too far off. I live in New York and we had four inches of snow last night. Just enough to make things look pretty again!! Have a great Sunday!!

    ~ Wendy

  3. Welcome Wendy! I love when my daughters paint with watercolors- there's just something about it that's so calming and peaceful. I must confess that I'm dreaming of spring on this wet, cold and dreary morning in GA! Enjoy your new fresh blanket of snow. I'm sure it's a beauty!

  4. This post and real life experience ARE seriously perfect ;) Every photo stunning and I totally know how it is to have an idea in mind and have it go another direction haha. I loved this though. For real. And so pinterest worthy too!

    1. Alice, you seriously made my day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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