But I am gaining on it. Judy (the other grandmother) and I worked with Elanor and Jack today on our annual let's-help-the-kids-make-presents day. We both thought this was the best year yet. I'm going to share with you in case you are needing some last minute kid present ideas.
Elanor made pinecone Christmas tree ornaments. She helped with the spray painting of the pinecones. She painted the tips white. She went back and painted the tips with glue and sprinkled them with glitter. We worked together on the pipe cleaners. Way cute!
Way back, when Jeff was 3, he made us a toilet paper tube angel. I've loved that angel and it's on the shelf in my dining room every day, next to the one Elanor made one with me and Judy when she was 3. I wish I had one for Christopher, but I don't.
Today was Jack's turn. We couldn't find any white toilet paper tubes so Elanor helped out by painting the brown tubes white. Instead of painting on the cheeks, Judy put on dots of glue and Jack sprinkled glitter. The noses were his idea and he was right - they are better with noses!
And then there's this:
My mom has a my brother's handprint from way back when with the poem you see above. I made one like this with Christopher's handprint when he was 4. How did I miss getting Jeff's handprint? I have no idea. But today, Judy and I got both Elanor and Jack's handprints immortalized on paper for their mom and dad.
Please notice that Elanor at 8 and Jack at 3 have nearly the same size hand. Oh my. I knew the boy was big, but really. He's a big kid!