It appears that when you are six years old, time isn't measured by calendars, clocks or to-do lists, but rather by holidays. Virtually the minute the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, my six year old daughter was already gearing up for Valentine's Day. Honestly, I was a bit stunned since I had been relishing the thought of some holiday down-time.
But, I decided that rather than fight her on this, I'd embrace the whole idea. Now, three or four weeks before a holiday (commercial or religious)or change of season, I'm putting together a holiday/seasonal craft basket. (I'm thinking of doing a separate basket of books.) In large part, I'm collecting things we already have -- appropriate colored pencils, crayons, paper, etc. and then supplementing with a few new things (season or holiday appropriate stickers, for example). The first basket I did was for Valentine's Day -- and it was a HUGE hit. My daughter was cranking out valentine cards and decorations faster than Hallmark.
Now, onto Easter. (I know, I skipped St. Patrick's Day. Truth is, we don't have a lick of Irish in us, so I don't know where to begin. I guess I could have started with green....)
Easter Craft Basket Contents: -Assorted cardstock in pastel colors (cut in half for -Easter stickers -Pastel glitter glue (new purchase) -Cotton balls (for bunny tails, of course!) -Glue -Scissors -Assorted pastel pens, pencils, crayons and markers -Some "inspiration" a photo of a bunny, a drawing of an easter egg, Easter-words -Some holiday-inspired snacks/treats (jelly beans, of course!)
I'm a Maine-r. Or, at least I like to think I am. True locals will argue differently simply because I wasn't born in Maine -- I'm "from away" they say. Whatever. It is crystal clear to me that I was born to live in Maine. Here's the catch. I fell in love with someone who really is "from away". So, I spend big chunks of time in a place very far from where I call home. But, I'm trying to bloom where planted, as they say. I'm trying to foster a simple (or at least a little simpler than some), reasonably wholesome and creative life for my family whether we're here or there. And, well, since you stopped here at my blog, you get to explore this craziness with me.