Sunday, November 18, 2007

What's It All About?

Tonight...I am running low on time, and creativity, and photos that are edited. tee hee

So I decided to run an old post from 6 months ago, back when I had few readers. For some of you...this will be a re-run, but for most of you it will be fresh and new....but odd, as Sugar has indeed changed a bunch.

I chose this particuliar post, as I will soon be doing a follow-up to it, so I figured a refresher on where I am coming from can't hurt....and I'm super lazy tonight.

Enjoy some Corey of Past.

What's It All About?

As many of you know, I am in no way a neat freak. It is laughable actually. I really don't hold up to the typical Virgo when it comes to organization and order. However, it sure can be a real struggle for me to whip out a really messy craft. Maybe it is the dreaded clean up that has me so apprehensive????

I find it pretty surprising that a former preschool teacher, like myself, hadn't yet given my nearly 2.5 year old child the opportunity to bust out her inner artist with a medium such as finger paints. I had to just quiet my inner lazy cleaner-upper, and let her at it!

First I set her up with an old t-shirt, to make sure those darn washable finger paints didn't touch her clothes. There is nothing I hate more than a pesky stain on her clothes. Then I got her a nice big piece of freezer paper, and set it out on the deck. I had decided that outside was the best environment to induce creativity!

Sugar Bear was looking at me like I was nuts! It took her a little while to understand that I was letting her make a mess, but when she got it....she got it. It was then my turn to "get it!" I had a few hard moments when all she wanted to do was rub the paint between her hands. I kept telling her, "Rub the paint on the paper, honey!" and she just kept smiling and rubbing her hands together joyfully. I found myself thinking....jeez....we could have just done this with lotion or least something less expensive. Yes, I am a cheap-o-holic also.

I am not sure how long I looked on thinking, "this isn't what I expected!" until I started to really pay attention to what my daughter was actually doing. Sugar Bear was engrossed, she was immersed, she was intrigued by the process. How could I forget this one simple thing????? It is more about the process than the product. Watching the process is see the mind working, to feel the heart filling. That is what it is all about. May I never forget this!

Now I can't say, that in the end, I wasn't pretty impressed with the product. Honestly, this kid is the next big thing! Look at the masterpiece!

You might be wondering about the clean up.....yeah, you try getting a paint covered two year old through the house and into the bathtub without her touching anything. Let's just say, I hid the paints for awhile. We don't need those darn things tempting us! :)

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Mama Zen said...

These are so cute! She has grown up so much!

jennwa said...

Too cute !!!! She look like she was having so much fun.
I am a neat freak too and doing finger paint is challenging. If you notice on my pictures poor Cheyanne does not get to wear a shirt. But I am getting better, I do let the kids mix the play dough colors now. For me that is progress.

holly said...

me too! i wanna do it!!! as long as it's at someone *else's* house. i don't mind helping clean up. i just know i'd never get my house cleaned up after. it's got an anti-cleaning spell on it. or something.

way cute corey. :)

david mcmahon said...

All parents run low on time. But you, Corey, will never run low on creativity ....

Driving With the Brakes On said...

So precious! I too have held off on digging out the finger paints for all of the reasons you mentioned - the mess being at the top of the list. I have partially made-up for it by covering the kids' trays with shaving cream, pudding, and the like to let them play with texture, but the end result was nothing that I could hang on the wall. I think we will take a trip to the art store this week!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh yes, I've stayed away from finger paints for the same reasons too. You did a great job 'letting go' and letting Sugar have at it - and capturing it on film. She has grown so much in the past 6 months! :)

Beth said...

It looks like she had a wonderful time and it sounds like you had a great time watching her. What a perfect project!

WorksForMom said...

OH SO CUTE. We finger paint too but I have never covered my son. You have JUST made my life 10x more simple Corey with that idea!

Michelle said...

that is one of the hardest things for me with parenting - letting go and letting Kayla make messes like that LOL

Looks like she really enjoyed herself!

The Egel Nest said...

Thanks for was new to me :)


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Julie Corbett said...

What fun! I didn't know that you were a former preschool teacher! Cool! :)

mama bear said...

I've read it before but it always neat to see how through the photo's how much Sugar Bear has grown! Can't wait for the follow-up!

childlife said...

I just love your 'creativity sets' of photos - so much joy and life in them! They give my heart such a reason to smile : )

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