Thursday, August 27, 2009

Craftiness

I am extremely blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom. But recently I found myself stuck in a rut. And this particular rut was the "lack of creativity when it comes to activities with my kids" rut. I was bored. They were bored. It was getting old fast. So, nearly a month ago, in a desperate attempt to claw my way out of the rut, I grabbed a flyer at the local mall promoting free kids art classes. And when we got home, it nearly ended up in the trash, but was saved by the nagging reminder of boredom in the back of my brain.

So now I had a way out of the boredom. I just had to get myself on the right path to reach my destination. In an attempt to chain myself to the train going that direction, I called my sis-in-love, Katie (who also conveniently is an elementary art teacher) and asked her if she would join us for Kyra's first "art class". She agreed and unknowingly locked the chain around me and threw away the key. We were getting out of our rut. We were trying something new. We were going to "Mommy and Me Sea Turtles" art class.

And it was a success. Despite the craziness that was Kylie without a nap. Despite the fact that the "teacher" nearly gave my twenty-something-year-old sister-in-love a stroke because she didn't really have a clue how to teach kids under age 5. Despite the fact that I carried two "turtles" made out of egg cartons around the mall for an hour so they could dry. It was awesome. We did something new and interesting and FREE.

And since that first introduction to the quaint little art class at the mall the experience has gotten better and better. Better because we have gone the last two weeks with our friends Foster and Rowan. Better because we discovered story time at Borders is right after the art class. Better because the Chick-fil-a cow visits story time and gives out goodies like balloons and crayons and FREE KIDS MEALS. Better because we immediately enjoy our free kids meals and then exchange the toy for free ice cream. Better because this week the free ice cream was 4 times the size it is supposed to be. Better because we're out of the rut. We may be getting into a new one, but at least this one involves crayons, paint, friends, cows, chicken nuggets, and ice cream.
















7 comments:

the weldons said...

such a cute post! and nice recap of the last few weeks! i have LOVED doing art class with you and the girls. granted i was EXHAUSTED when i got home today, but it was still well worth it. i think we DESERVE free chickfila and giant ice cream after wrestling 2 toddlers and 2 almost toddlers. we should get a freaking metal and a million dollars, too, but maybe i'll just settle for free food :)

Christina said...

Awesome! I hope that somehow I will be able to do this with Bella when she gets older. Enjoy every minute!

Krystal said...

Loved the new post, I have been waiting since August 13 for a new one...so my question is, do I get to go to Art Class at teh mall next week? It looks like so much fun, definitely better than a rut!

Krystal said...

Not sure how your mom's post is listed under Krystal's name, but just thought I would point it out?????

Sarah said...

Love your crafty post! It sure is exhausting keeping the little ones busy...but what wonderful memories they will have ;-)

Katie said...

I'm so proud of her and little budding artist in her coming alive...I also survived and did not get a heart attack that day, but ALMOST did... you're right. Also, I'm proud. my boobs made it on your blog. lol.

Cindy said...

This story is wonderful. I remember those days! Good for you, Keshet! God Bless! I love the pics, too! They are precious!