Here we are again, staying indoors during these dark cold days. Still, I went out to get some extra ‘warmth’ to heat up the atmosphere. I bought candles and hot chocolate but also lots of craft materials - fake snow, paint, cardboard in 5 different colours, glue, fun string, glitter litter and funny Christmas stickers and even more.
Our kids come home from school at 3. Unlike in other countries, we have our proper Christmas meal at lunchtime. So, when they come home, the food is prepared. Just before starting I put on some lovely Christmas music, to just get - sort of - in the mood.
Like every day kids do their homework after lunch. Today I gently ask them if they need help. Not that it is my favourite thing to do with the kids but just to see if we can speed it up because I have my plans for when it is finished.
Fortunate it all goes smoothly, and after an hour it’s time to close the books. Straight after I pull on my boots. "What are you doing, Mom?” I’m being asked by the kids. "We are going into the garden, come on hurry up, we are going to do some art and crafts.” I see their eyebrows go up and realise that maybe first it is better to show them what I have in mind. I grab the i-pad and show them my Sorprentas board on Pinterest. Kids are getting enthusiastic: "Aaaah, yes, oooh, that's nice.” They immediately put on their wellies too and we're ready to go.
Twigs, leaves, acorns and chestnuts, we all gather lots of lovely natural things. With red cheeks we return. I put on a pot of tea, I pick up the paint, the glue and the glitter. I put the music just slightly louder and oh how happy can I be…
And then the oldest accidentally bumps the corner of the table ….. and it all goes all over the floor, yeah! Isn’t she an angel! Read More