Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Labor of Love!

If you've ever wondered what home school students do in their spare time.........
Lately, Autumn has rekindled her passion for all things "Winnie the Pooh" and in an effort to be the sweet big sister she is, Cayla has contributed greatly to that passion. In addition to writing a couple of "books" about Winny the Poo (yeah, Cayla's still working on her spelling :) she decided to make a stuffed Winnie to accompany her stories.
I had no idea what the girls were up to when they came in the room carrying my sewing scissors, asking to use them. Normally I'm pretty possessive of my sewing scissors, but I told them they could use them, if they were cutting fabric ONLY! After securing some scraps of felt left over from their Halloween costumes, they went to work furiously cutting, clipping and designing.
Within an hour, Autumn was scampering up the stairs telling me I HAD to come see the Winnie Cayla had made for her. She was also insistent that I, "hot glue it.....or sew it, whatever you want to do Mom. And add some of that stuffing to it too."
When I set eyes on Winnie I beamed. Not because Cayla's the next Marc Jacobs (he's a designer, Mom) but because she had poured her heart into making this bear for Autumn, and wanted nothing more than to make her sister happy.
While my sewing skills are lackluster at best, sewing a Winnie with 8,000 pieces wasn't exactly the simplest task, but it did go quickly. I'm glad I didn't crush their spirits by telling them 'no' when they asked to use my sewing scissors, and I'm glad I was too busy to care about the cost of fabric when they inquired about using leftover felt. I'm glad I didn't stifle their creativity by insisting they first clean their rooms, unload the dishwasher, or perform one of a dozen tasks I could have asked them to perform.
I'm glad God blessed me with sweet girls; I'm glad I didn't tell them 'no', and I'm so very glad I didn't miss out on this:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider!

Tonight Autumn discovered a tiny, baby spider (yes, it was really tiny) crawling on the wall. She informed me of it, but when I didn't react with the expediency she requires, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Arming herself with a tissue, she hopped onto the couch and leaned in. That's when the hinges of hades broke loose. The itty bitty spider moved (she claims it jumped) and Autumn went berserk. She let out a blood curdling scream that could wake the dead, blasted backwards off the couch and instantly burst into tears.
I was cracking up so hard I couldn't even comfort her. Finally I regained my composure and assured her that said-spidey was far more afraid of the 'big thing with a tissue' than she was of him! I don't think she bought it one little bit.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Blessed Easter Weekend!

Easter was a fun filled, whirlwind of a weekend. We colored eggs, attended Good Friday service at church, flew (drove fast) to Cory's grandparents on Saturday and enjoyed Sunday with a gorgeous resurrection service followed by lunch with family. Whew! What a great time. I was almost ready for the school week to arrive so we could slow down!