Thursday, January 12, 2017
On a normal Thursday I would have one happy Hertsje for the afternoon.
But she did not have school, nor did her mommy who works at her school.
Instead, I had four elementary school aged children who really had no desire to be here.
I've learned from experience that this can only happen if I DO NOT require them to participate.
The only thing I asked them to do today was read.
You would have thought I asked them to stick needles into their eyes. I am not kidding.
But, read they did, and enjoy it a bit they did also!
I went to my "how to draw" board on Pinterest to find some sketches I was interested in trying.
Those caught on.
I hate to admit it here, but they caught on because there was a picture of a toilet, which they thought was hysterical.
So, yes, they sketched toilets. I, for the record, did not.
The ideas we used came from a Japanese artist's book. I LOVE how they look. I could not do it justice, as I totally lack the ability to draw anything that remains in scale or isn't leaning sadly to one side.
Somewhere in the back of my mind is an idea to carve individual stamps of things like these.
But, the ideas in the back of my mind tend to fall off and get trapped behind all the things in the front of my mind, so we shall have to wait and see if it ever happens.
He stuck with his. The one pictured is his first attempt. He drew quite a few, until he got it just how he wanted it to be. Of course, me being me, I did not get a picture of that one.
She just turned eight and is one of those children with a natural ability to draw.
She drew this tiger for Famke without having to look at ANYTHING. We were all impressed!
This snow day did not involve much snow at all. School was cancelled due to all the area roads being covered in ice. The upside to that is by afternoon it was a rather balmy 32 decrees so it was nice enough for the troops to play outside if they so desired. A few of them so desired so I was able to drink a cup of coffee in relative quiet. The only distraction was the Nerf bullets whizzing by my head on their way to targets unseen by me.
And thus ended the first "snow day" of 2017.