Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Who Knew Art Could be Such Fun?

5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This would typically end with blast-off, but I'm not talking about a space shuttle or even a rocket. It is the ages of Park's cousins that I was referring to, actually.

Can you imagine how fun it must be to have 5 humans related to you that are so close to your age? And that doesn't even account for two of the cousins who still fall in the "zero" category because their 1st birthdays are off in the distance. Now can you picture the trouble this bunch gets into when they are all together? Let's just say there is not a shortage of noise, excitement, fun, or messes!

So, when my mother-in-law told me about what God was laying on her heart, my response was, "Sign us up before you change your mind!"

This sweet woman, who has raised or is raising 5 children of her own, decided that she is going to take the 4 oldest grand kids (Park being the youngest), twice a month and cultivate a love for the arts in them.

Now, if you know my MIL this won't surprise you a bit. Not only is she a fabulously creative specimen of a human, but she is also as crafty as Martha Stewart. Combine a fierce love of her grand kids and culinary skills out the wazoo and you have the makings for a pretty exciting experience at Grandma's.

Park's invitation came in the mail a few weeks ago, asking him to come make special memories with his cousins while doing crafts, painting, sculpting, cooking, singing, dancing, stories, hiking, and other various artistic endeavors. But what I was most joyous to read was the portion that stated, "Mommies are not invited."

Well, twist my arm. FINE, I guess I can run errands for three blissful hours child-free. I mean, I would totally prefer to wrestle help my 2-year-old in and out of his car seat and battle him to stay in the stroller, of course, but if you insist....

So, tomorrow Park will return to Grandma's for his 2nd date and I will use my three hours of solitude to perfect my own art.

The Art of Shopping.



7 comments:

Kelly said...

Bless her heart! What a great idea -- for kids and moms.

And brave. How unspeakably brave.

I hope you enjoy your art outing.

Dellie said...

Seems as your MIL already has 4 children do you think she'd mind having 2 more little boys who love nothing better than to get sticky and mucky in the name of art?

Dellie said...

By the way... I've just read your last blog about germs and I just wanted to say you have made me feel SO much better, I am exactly like you when dealing with yucky stuff and I always yell..." Pete!" and he is just amazing at it! Thank the Lord! So, I thought it was just me, and now I don't feel such a bad Mummy, so thanks! x :o))

Christy said...

What a wonderful MIL!!

That is so neat that Park has family so close!

Kelly said...

What a precious MIL to give you the time alone (which I am sure she knows is much needed!), and also to have such a heart for her little grandbabies. The time they spend with her will ne priceless memories for them all!

The Thurmonds said...

oh how i look forward to those days...

Ann said...

What a wonderful blessing -- mil's like this are VERY difficult to find! And what a wonderful time Park will have with his cousins.