Thursday, January 18, 2007
So today I decided that no matter what, I was going to scrapbook. I haven't done it in a long while due to other, more mundane, tasks and reponsibilities in my life. After I've gone a time without doing anything remotely creative, I start to get a bunch of ideas kicking around in my head, and finally, I just have to give in to them and actually sit down to create.
So, I got the baby down this morning and then I turned on a movie for Chloe, hoping to buy myself enough alone time to get a layout done. I snuck to my craft corner, that is tucked in a corner of Sophia's room (I put her down in my room to avoid waking her up) and started pulling out stuff and pictures and deciding what to do.
Not 5 minutes into it, Miss Chloe came in and wanted to scrapbook with me. Begrudgingly, I told her she could. Mostly, she just enjoyed watching me and "helping" me, but she worked on her own little project, too. She used my punches and the negatives from some chipboard letters I was using to make her picture. I was astounded at the creativity this little girl has, and just how much she LOVES to draw and color and glue and cut. I've mentioned it before, but she pretty much does this all day long. Her favorite gifts this Christmas were markers, paper and some "how to draw" books. I also got her a cute expandable file to keep all her creations in, and it is already pretty darn full.
We had such a nice time together doing something that we both really enjoy and it got me thinking: I need to spend more time doing stuff like this with her.
Isn't that more important than all the energy I often expend making sure those mundane responsibilities that I mentioned earlier get done? Somewhere in the recent past I've forgotten about all the joy that can be had by just setting aside all that "important" stuff and attending to the really important stuff. Which, for me, is my kids. My husband. My family. Heck, even myself.
Basically, I need to spend more time creating with Chloe, bonding with Bria, snuggling with Sophia...because that is simply my responsibility as a parent. And it isn't even a mundane one, either!
So, I guess I'll be scrapbooking more often...besides, you can't deny it. The kid has some talent. It needs to be nurtured.
(above: Her scrapbook project from today. below: A picture of Princess Dora the Explorer she drew on Saturday. I apologize for the shadows on the scans.)