Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wait...."I'm not a crafty mom!"

Ever since Olivia started Kindergarten, one of my biggest fears, or most dreaded moments (however you want to call it) has always been the days where she comes home with crazy art assignments that require mad craft skills and a creative perspective...ahh!!
Well.. it has started.. the crazy assignments, insane requests and demanding projects...and of course, me, being the least crafty person on earth and the most uncreative mind out there, have been incredibly stressed out it.. (silly, I know!..but that's me!)...
The other day she got an assignment called "Patchwork Pumpkin", where she was asked to decorate a cut out pumpkin with whatever material she wanted, making it look like a patchwork quilt...
Many times in the past, I've let her do her own projects only to find that all the crafty moms from her classroom make their kids' projects look like a project out of a magazine... NOT COOL!!  The other day, after she made a Family Tree, Olivia came home and told me "mommy, my project was the ugliest of all!".. She said all the "Family Trees" had been put out on a board and she felt embarrassed about hers..It broke my heart but I explained to her that the important part was that she had done it by herself and she should be proud about it...
So.. this time around, the assignment came with a note that said "Remember that your child's grade depends on the effort that he/she independently puts into it" (thank you, Mrs. S).. Olivia was VERY concerned about her pumpkin project so I took her to Michael's and she picked out a bunch of materials.. And like I always say.. my kids never cease to amaze me.. She put SO MUCH EFFORT into her project and came up with this wonderful Patchwork Pumpkin, which she named "Patty P.".. She spent 3 days working on it and was so proud of her little pumpkin.. She asked me to take a picture of it so we could remember her special craft...
...and the best thing??  She did it BY HERSELF....with little to no help from mommy...
So, even though I'm not a crafty mom, I know my kid got it covered..and she rocks!!
I love you, Olivia.. you're my little artist and your pumpkin is so beautiful!!!!

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