i thought i'd share with you ways that i connect with my kids as i work.
as you probably know, i have a 19 year old, 13 year old, 5 (going on 15) year old and an 11 month old. the teen's are (for the most part) pretty self sufficient, but the happiest baby and the little princess requires aLoT of my time and in order for me to get anything done i must find a way to include them or else what'cha doin' wednesday (and every other day) wouldn't exist.
for the most part, i involve the kids in everything from cooking to laundry. the older kids have laundry days and the 5 year old helps sort and fold. cooking is primarily a task that i tackle with the help of the little princess most of the time. she now lOvEs to cook and bake.
but the other stuff, that's what i wanted to share with you.
in my sewing room, i have a basket of toys to entertain the happiest baby. he LoVeS my ribbon and scraps. he makes a HuGe mess and that's totally oK with me because we are together. speaking of together, that's the key.
the other night, i was working on getting a project finished and the little princess was working on her stitching. the baby was playing and making his mess. it was quiet and we were talking. i don't even remember what we were talking about (she talks AlOt!) out of the blue, she says 'this is nice, mommy. you and me stitching'. it was nice. it was time to connect just me and her. there are many days that we spend in the sewing room connecting and creating.
kids LoVe to create and i get a lot done.
so the next time you want to quilt or scrap or whatever, set up a tv tray, give the kids some paper, crayons and turn the tv and music off (unless it's the music with 'no words'...classical) and enjoy the time with them.
a little tip: i cut up 5 inch squares of muslin and let her draw and color on them. later we can make them into a quilt.
i hope you have a great day! i've gotta go clean the trailer, we're going camping tomorrow.
i promise i'll get those recipes tonight. (for some of you, that might mean tomorrow...)