Crafty, I am not. But, I was an elementary education major, so I do know how to use scissors and glue. And, I have found that I really enjoy doing simple arts and crafts projects with my children.
But, the circus life can get rather busy. And as with most things, if I am not intentional, the opportunities and the moments pass me by.
So, this year I have designated Tuesday as “Crafty Tuesday.”
I have found that having one day a week set aside for crafts allows me a week to plan ahead and get everything together. I picked Tuesday because it is the one day a week we don’t have a morning commitment. We typically have a leisurely start to the day, take care of errands mid day and after nap time we work on our “special projects.”
I try to make dinner something easy on this night, either a crock pot meal, something I prepped earlier in the day, or something which requires minimal effort. This way we can work on our projects without worrying about stopping early for dinner.
So far the kids and I have enjoyed several, fun, fall projects such as leaf rubbings, window art, painted pumpkins, and our most recent a thanksgiving collage. This last one was a two parter as we took a nature walk last week to gather our materials and this week we glued them down to make letters spelling “Give Thanks,” which we then hung on the wall behind our dinner table.
Crafty Tuesday works for me, as it provides me with a way to enjoy some quality time with my children each week. Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more great Works for me Wednesday advice.
Sunday my husband and I had plans during the Steelers games. Thankfully we have a DVR, so we just recorded the game to watch when we got home. This has happened before, and we have devised a sort of routine for situations like this, because it would be AWFUL to accidentally find out the results of the game before we watched it. So, we typically race into the house (because what if we see a neighbor and they casually mention the game) we then unplug the phone (because what if a friend or family member calls to talk about it) and we don’t turn on the computer (because what if someone e-mailed about it or we saw something on our “igoogle headline” (since we have Steelers websites in our favorites on our home page. Yes, we live in a sort of state of paranoia.
We’ve settled into this crazy routine only after learning from the past. Yes, we have actually sat in our living room with our hands over our ears much like Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch while someone left a message on our machine congratulating us on a win. My husband has even hung up on his mom before for this reason. As I unplug the phone line and ignore the blinking messages on my answering machine I often fear, “what if something horrible happened to a family member and they are trying to get a hold of us…we always check those messages AFTER the game, in case that is the case.”
Sadly when my husband and I got home on Sunday and sat down to watch the game, I had a horrible migraine and felt sick. I managed to barely watch the first half of the game before finally realizing I had to just go to bed early. My dear husband said he would not tell me what happened and was even willing to watch it with me again on Monday night. This meant that all day Monday I walked around with my hands in my ears. I literally held my breath as I entered social situations and was so relieved when I got in my car and knew I wasn’t going to see or talk to anyone the rest of the day.
Yes, I am crazy like that…but this paranoia proved well worth it this time as it was a down to the last second, win by only one point, kind of finish, and I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened. It would not have been nearly as fun to watch if I had known the score already.