Thursday, January 18, 2007

Creative responsibility

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.)

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That is a SWEET Dora Ms. Chloe.
    I'm glad she likes the books, and yes, you do need to scrapbook more.
    Perhaps in CA.

  2. WOW! Chloe is simply amazing. That Dora is beautiful one to be framed. But so is Bria and Sophia, and Joel, and Lara!!

  3. She has some amazing talent! How awesome that she can create right alongside you! Happy Day!

  4. what a blessing your day turned out to be! so happy you recognized it! hugs, Cindy Lee

  5. Those are just PRICELESS creations from your sweet daughter!!
    You are right--it's just important sometimes to sit down and enjoy some simple moments with our kids!!

  6. So sweet!!!!!!!! I always have a hard time giving up control of my scrapbooking supplies to my kids (not sure why, since I *never* scrapbook anymore - what's that all about!?!?) but I'm *always* glad when I do!

    It's great you guys had such an unexpected nice time together!

  7. This reminds me of the well and the tent stake enrichment we went to. Sure do miss you!! Deana

  8. she IS talented!

    wow - those are so cute :)

    sophie loves Dora too.