Life With Wee People: Get Into The Minion Zone
Spring is in the air, the tops are off the paint cans and we are painting bedroom furniture in our jammies. When it comes to painting, canvas is just the tip of the ice-berg in my household. I do a lot of painting because my kids write on everything. You can go to sleep and wake up with pen markings on your face (LOL). I try to keep the supplies in the art hamper where they belong but we do go to sleep at night and the shorties know how to cut the lights on so there are days when we win some and lose some (LOL). We have lost a few recent battles, thus we have to clean it off or cover it up like clockwork because the more they see their handiwork the more they enjoy expanding its territory (LOL).
Imagination is a beautiful thing so sometimes we let it stay on the walls, doors and furniture for a while because we are dead tired of having this little people argument and realize there will be more scribbles coming from the shorties who view their handiwork as art. We are working on that quirky little inappropriate habit and part of the process is including them in the wee people graffiti clean up. They seem to like this process which is why I suspect there is a method to their socially unacceptable writing madness (LOL).
Canvas and canva-pads have been helpful. So have reams of paper and salt and pepper notebooks (LOL).
We had an interesting day trying to get the kids to embrace our agenda... It was quite lovely in numerous, intangible little ways... I laughed a lot because we needed some tee shirts and went to the Gap to replace some of the boys clothing. We are good at killing clothes because we like to play outside a lot. Hyperactive and hyper-local minions are game to try just about anything. :-)
Belts and shirts have been on our Queens Mall agenda for a few days because (a) the boys are going to help me with the Summer Salon at the gallery, (b) Noah and Stephen each lost their pants while running amok in the fields by Lucy's house (how can I not buy them belts?) and (c) the shorties have to wear yellow tomorrow for school.
School trumps any hint of our lingering inertia regarding their capacity for slipping their pants during rough and tumble play, so off to the mall we rolled after playing a brief game of cell phone tag and musical cars with the hubby (LOL).
It appears the only yellow shirts we had on hand until our little trip to the mall were (1) monster trucks, (2) an assortment of bugs and basketballs, (3) various cars and (4) Sponge Bob. I will confess there is a lot of Sponge Bob in my house and I am mentally running from my own inner commentary on the matter (LOL).
It appears that "Plain Yellow" tee shirts did not exist in our inventory for the shorties until now and since Sponge Bob for a school assembly would never do when a plain tee of a single color is required we now are debating the merits of buying tee shirts with no icons so the shorties will be covered in the future. I want you to know that is harder than you think (LOL). Seems our kids are their marketing and advertising bonanza. Licensing images is big business... It's going to be fun to cover the stores that do carry solid tee shirts for kids because it took a while for us to find a plain yellow tee. :-)
Since we paint every day after school I have no idea how long those yellow shirts are going to stay pristine. Yellow is Stephen's fave color. Noah leans towards blue. My kids tend to change outfits two to three times per day. Each (LOL). It's because we like to run around and usually get dirty in the park. :-)
If you are going to get really dirty on purpose (like we do when we are in the minion zone having mad fun running amok and painting together), make sure you take yourself over to Bath & Bodyworks to get something really soothing that smells nice for bath time later. Your kids will equate the fragrant scrub down as a real treat if you make their bubble bath war a special occasion (LOL).
Yes. We frequently war in the bathroom. Its what they do. They're little boys. They don't want their soap, they want the soap the other person has. Who cares if you open two new boxes of the same exact thing. Daffy Duck syndrome is all about little people yelling, "Mine, mine, mine, mine, miiiiiiiiiiine!!!" Besides, it just isn't fun unless someone gets splashed, tackled and dunked. We all usually get splashed, Stephen tackles Noah, Noah retaliates by dunking Stephen. Then they pretend to swim side by side and I really get splashed... (LOL).
We sniffed a lot of wonderful scents in Bath & Bodyworks while playing the Bear In The Big Blue House game of "What's That Smell..." Turns out my kids like Sea Island Cotton shower gel and lotion. So do I. It's really subtle and quite marvelous... but I digress (LOL). ;-)
Step one of getting into the little minion zone is doing something mad fun that is part of work but not letting your kids realize they are working and learning (LOL). Today's wee people adventure also included a trip to Home Depot to smell the flowers, pick out some colors, buy paint.
I am thinking a nice portrait of Sandra Bullock as an angel would do lovely over this particular chest of draws. We love Sandy's work and there is a lot of blank space available on the wall adjacent to their bedroom door. This used to be The Lion King corner but Id rather have Sandra Bullock hanging here to distract the shorties. We think she is awesome and have almost every movie she's made.
My kids actually pay attention to her. When Mr. Autism and Mr. PDD-NOS take notice of someone, so do I.
It's kinda nice watching their interests develop...
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