I LOVE rainbows. I mean, really LOVE rainbows. And I think the kids have inherited my propensity to create rainbows wherever and whenever we can. Who can resist all that delicious color?
So when I discovered this wonderful craft on 5 Orange Potatoes, via The Crafty Crow, I knew I had to attempt it with some of my maniacs. I used Peelu and I borrowed her best friend, Lukey, to be my guinea pigs.
I dyed the pasta the day before and after a morning of games and sandbox play in the backyard, I asked the two kiddos if they wanted to do some crafts. Their VERY LOUD "YES" reverberated around the backyard so we went into the kitchen to get started.
I love little crafty fingers. They make my heart melt.
Lukey, is the youngest child of my dear friend, Becky. And besides the fact that I just love this kid to pieces, he is a very attentive crafter (especially for being only three years old).
And he was SO EXCITED about his sun catcher when he was done. That alone, made the project worth it.
And Peelu was also on her good behavior during this project, happily adding her pasta pieces in rainbow order. In fact, they were both surprisingly good listeners during this project. They waited patiently, listened and followed instructions and shared very nicely. I was shocked and immediately afterward, told them that we would have to institute craft time into our normal "Hanging out with Lukey Days".
Little did I know that I created "Craft Monsters" this day....
...but after seeing Peelu's rainbow in our front window a few days later, I realized it was worth it!
It's rather OCD of me, but I make hearts wherever I go...doodle them...paint them...trace them....arrange items into them....but this surprising day at the lake was definitely full of love....and some nature art too...
Discovering artistic treasures: Building small houses for the lake fairies (although I called them my "forest flowers"):
Perfect description of the morning:
I wonder if anyone saw my heart...wondered about it...smiled at it...
A few weeks ago, when we last had sunshine, we made one of those quick trips up to a local lake - you know, one of those trips, when you don't have too many plans or expectations and it turns into a wonderfully fabulous afternoon.
Fishing was the intention, as we tried this new lake.
Okay, I cannot tell a lie. These photos are from two weeks ago. Because that was the LAST TIME WE HAD ANY DECENT WEATHER FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES!!! I was lulled, I was fooled, I had hoped, I had PRAYED that Spring had actually arrived in Central Oregon.
I was wrong. As the last two weeks of thunder, lightning, hail, rain, freezing temperatures, frozen plants can attest to...
But I need a pick-me up here, on this cloudy, dreary morning. So I am posting these photos so I can pretend. For a bit at least.
We all got out in the backyard for several enjoyable hours. Ross dug, pulled, planted, hauled, built, raked, shoveled....yes, his usual can't-sit-still-mode..
I played with my flowers and herbs...even planted some...fantasized about what are yard could look like.....smiled at what it has finally become in 11 years...enjoyed the sunshine...
The nest helpers came out a bit late (but again, the weather has not been helpful). They looked lovely with the yarn, twine, wool, stringy bits hanging out. Hot Rod & Lil Mermaid spent quite a while figuring out where to hang them...
The chickens thoroughly enjoyed are weed pulling and got fat from so many worms...
The kids were joyful maniacs, covered in dirt, grass stains all over, enjoying the beautiful day...
(Yes, those are Hot Rod's toes. And yes, he likes to paint his toenails. Although Ross has limited his color choices.)
It was one of those days you really can't plan. It just happens. And afterward you think, why can't every weekend be like this?
Because the freaking weather won't cooperate! That's why!!
Wife to a VERY understanding man (even if he does roll his eyes and duck back into his garage way too much); mother to three maniacs,crafter, professional volunteer, crazed maniac in her own right...yep, that about covers it for now.
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