Friday, April 25, 2008

Iris Inspiration


Yesterday, after our bike ride, the boys were playing in the yard as I brought all the bike stuff in the house.  They spotted the two irises growing the front yard.  We have a little family rule about flowers: You can only pick flowers that you have planted.  This rule works well in most situations, such as the Botanical Gardens, State parks, other people’s yards, etc.  So, when they wanted to pick our flowers, I let them.  Now, they are brighting up our kitchen.

Parenting challenges my creativity every day.  Probably 3-4 times a day I have to come up with something brilliant in order to keep them busy and to keep my sanity.  I wish I could say I actually came up with 3-4 brilliant things every day. 

If I could just think ahead...  I know the roughest time around here is from 5pm to 7pm, yet I feel unprepared for it every night.  Tonight, Oliver and Benton had already eaten and I was trying to clean up and get a loaf of bread started.  They started moving chairs around to help me.  Helping usually means bumping me and various cupboards with the chairs, begging for a piece of bread dough (weird, I know), taking the dirty dishes out of the dishwasher, and me wondering why they can’t go do something else. 

This evening the irises were my inspiration.  Oliver loved the idea of painting a picture of them.  He picked out the 3 colors, they put on aprons, picked out their favorite paintbrushes, and got started.

It kept them busy for more than 30 minutes and Dan came home as we were finishing.  It was a fun way to wind down our day and Dan was able to hang out with them while I cleaned up.

If you click Read More, you’ll find a picture of their finished worked.    I’m sure you will also notice their immense artistic talents. 

By the way, feel free to leave comments.  Tell me your latest moment of brilliance or point out my typos.  I’d love to hear from you.

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