Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gathering Around the Table for a 2nd Time Each Night

Gathering back around the table after the hustle and bustle of dinner to spend a few quite moments together creating art.

At the beginning of each New Year, Jason and I like many others choose a few or more resolutions in hopes of concluding the year having completed at least one off the list. This year we felt that it was important that we make our list totally feasible and we wanted to include the kiddos in a few too.

We have finally found a night time rhythm that has stuck now for just over a year and are feeling confident enough to add in a new to do of sorts. So, after running it by the kids and everyone willing to give it a go, we are gathering around the table once more after dinner and creating art. Right now we are quietly drawing for 20 minutes or so. I am pretty sure that once the novelty wears off we will try a different creative endeavor.

Jason and I have gone into this without any expectations other than everyone participating willingly. So far so good.

I must admit I maybe enjoying this as much or more than the kids. I cannot tell you the last time I sat down with a blank sheet of paper and just let the crayon flow.

It is so funny to hear the kids say, "Wow!!!, Dad where did you learn to draw like that?" or "Hey, how in the heck did you do that, it looks so cool?" I remember feeling this way as a kiddo always comparing my stuff to the adults in the drawing room so to speak. We heard a lot of this the first night. We encouraged them to create on their own with the abilities that have now.

To bring our creative gathering to a close beginning with the youngest we each share our art and clap for one another. The following nights the kids seemed a lot more at ease.

So, drawing without too many hindrances at night after dinner leading us to reading a chapter book till all eyes are sweetly closed is proving to be a most beautiful time for our family. We are hoping to keep this precious time a priority through the coming year.

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