Doesn't it feel like Chanukah is starting tomorrow?
My kids tell me there are ten days left until Chanukah and I'm going to to believe them as the first thing they do each morning is check the calendar and count the days left until - you got it - Chanukah.
I think I already mentioned that I did all my holiday shopping online this year. Did I also mention that it was awesome? I did? Several times? I'm gonna say it again. It was awesome. No lines, no grabbing and the ability to toggle between three stores, checking prices, without having to put my shoes on. The downside to all this online shopping? I don't actually have any the gifts yet and so I cannot yet begin the one holiday chore that is even more time consuming than shopping: the wrapping of the presents.
I had had a thought that maybe I'd get the kids to do some painting on large white paper and use that as wrapping paper. I sat the little one down this morning with paint and some sponges but she decided that she'd rather paint the popsicle sticks that were left out the other day.
So we're painting popsicle sticks. Can't really wrap anything in the sticks so not so useful to me, but she's happy. I was just sitting there while she painted so I drew her a picture of a menorah, nothing fancy, just lines. And I couldn't quite believe it, but she stopped painting, picked up her crayon and copied my picture onto her own paper. Really well. And the art teacher inside me cheered.
See? It's good. A bunch of straight lines for the candles and then a bottom section. You can see it, right?
And then because the only thing she loves more than painting is gluing, we glued. She glued her painted popsicle sticks onto her menorah drawing and she was so careful to paste them on or very near the lines she drew. I was shocked and ecstatic at the same time. How did she know how to do this? How did she squeeze the glue like that? Even my six-year-old has trouble with that, but now that I typed that, I think that might have to do more with the fact that he'd do well with some occupational therapy for his hands, but that's neither here nor there. Today's issue is that my little one is a serious crafter.
Here is our first Chanukah project, made almost by a two and a half year old, almost all by herself.
I'm loving the Chanukah season. .
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)