Before leaving to babysit yesterday I quickly cut out and pieced together some squares to quilt so I would have something fun to do when the kids were asleep at nap time and night time.
This is the start of a kids small quilt or wall hanging. More about this later...it's much further along today!
My husband and I had the HONOR of babysitting our three year old twin grand kids this weekend!
What a ball we had. And oh how I wish I could share photos of them, but you will just have to take my word that they are growing, talking, being absolutely DE-Light-FUL.
They had a guitar playing/singing jam to beat the band. Both kids have little red guitars with real guitar strings and they strum them and sing songs that they know. My husband brought his guitar and jammed with them teaching them a few new songs.
Craft time went well, first with a bag full of fabric scraps I brought and two small paper bags (from my quilt shop), and glue sticks! The kids loved asking for colors, shapes, feeling the textures, and gluing the pieces to the bags! These became "birthday gifts" to their parents, to "Trick O Treat Bags for the parents for Next Halloween!"
The drawing in orange was on their kitchen wall done by grand daughter! Her first endeavors into portrait painting! LOL
The cloth books went over exceptionally well. I was surprised. I sat on a pillow on the floor. The kids sat in front of me. I showed them a book, asked them to look at the cover picture and then tell me what was happening, or what the story was about. I wrote down what they told me.
Here is their first written work!
Girl: Sometimes I sleep all night long.
Boy: I go to bed and I touch my guitar and I wake up and I play my guitar and I make sounds!
Girl: There was a butterfly and he landed on the girl.
Boy: I saw two butterflies and they landed on me!
Girl: There are girls everywhere and they are yelling!
Boy: Sometimes the girls are talking too loud and they hurt my ears.
Girl: One girl is inside and one is outside. All of the persons are drinking milk.
Boy: Sometimes when I wake up in the morning light I go to my mommy's bed and my daddy wakes up and they play with me.
Boy: Sometimes when I go to sleep and wake up in the morning my guitar sleeps out in here. (living room)
Boy: She's telling the girl she is going to San Francisco. She's going to see her friends.
Boy: She said back to her: "I'm already home." She is sick. Sometimes when the kitty throws up over there my daddy cleans it up and it dries.
Girl: She came home with her hat and her flower stars. She was coughing.
They both said I should put the other three books away for another time, and we did.
One of my favorite times is bedtime when we get them into pajamas, brush teeth, wash up and then to sit on the couch, me in the middle with a cuddly kid on each side of me as I read a pile of books they have chosen and/or I have brought with me. It's a very warm and lovey time. Last night we read a wonderful book by Maya Angelo set in South Africa and told by children, photos of the children who are joining their mother's painting their houses with bold, bright, designs! The kids asked lots of questions about the different sort of clothing, beads, etc. It held their interest start to finish.
Needless to say a good time was had by all.