Monday, October 22, 2012

A Winner, A Halloween Craft...FAIL?

A BIG congratulations to the beautiful witchy poo, Stephanie!  She won two tickets to "Ride To A Witch," at Gardner Village!  Hope you have fun visiting the witches, Stephanie.


Today, I made Halloween crafts with the kiddos.  I racked my brain, scoured Pinterest, and consulted my uber-talented mommy friends, all in search of ideas for fun and kid-friendly Halloween crafts.  I rounded up some orange paint, construction paper, cotton balls, and googly eyes.  I thought, "Surely, surely, this is going to be AWESOME.  Surely, my kids will love this."

Craft Number One went well, and Lil seemed to enjoy it.  Paint a paper plate orange.  When dry, color a Jack-O-Lantern face on it.  Or cut pieces of the face out of black paper and glue it on.  Add a stem.  Done.


Craft Number Two was a smash!  It was my moment of glory!  It was a success!  First, I cut ghost shapes out of white cardstock paper.  Then the kids glued cotton balls all over the ghost shapes.  They added googly eyes and black construction paper ovals for their ghosts' mouths.  Spoooooooky cute!

Craft Number Three...oh you craft number three...you wart on my witch's nose...you Halloween FAIL!  In my mind, craft number three had the potential for greatness.  Trace your child's hands on black paper, then cut it out.  Draw a "bat head" on black paper, then cut it out.  Glue it all together and VIOLA, a charming little nocturnal "flying rat."  Lilly was not having it!  She made the following criticisms:  


"That does not look like a bat!"
"Handprints are for making turkeys, NOT for making bats."
"I don't like this craft.  It's weird."

And my personal favorite (said through tears), "My bat does not look scary at all.  It's supposed to look scary.  I want it to be a scary bat."

SO, we retraced her hands, keeping her fingers together for "round two."  That seemed to appease her.  Somewhat.  She felt her bat still lacked "the scare factor," so her solution to this--and this is the real kick in the head--was to DRAW HEARTS ALL OVER IT!!!  What?????


I admit that at one point I thought, "Why do I do this?  Why do I even bother?"  Lilly's bat-tastic "bat fit" was disheartening.  It's hard when you plan something fun to do with your kids, and then have it tank with their bad attitudes.  When that happens, it's only natural to feel frustrated and ornery.

Why do we do it?  Why do we bother?

Because in the midst of all the bad--the whining, the crying, and the hand-print bat crafts--you also have the glorious and enjoyable good--the ghost crafts.  The shining moments.  The joyful times.  The times when everything comes together beautifully and the family has fun.  We do it because we're making memories.  We do it because we care, because our roles in our homes are important to us.  We do it because we love our kids.  We do it because we're good mothers.  

And because we're awesome, too!         

22 comments:

  1. Your crafts look super cute. I often also wonder I do things when I have screaming kids, paint all over me and me about crying! So don't think its only you, kids are all in kahootz to make us look like we are the one's who want to paint paper plates!

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    1. HA HA HA!! EXCELLENT comment! So cute and it made me laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I wonder "why do we do it?" a lot these days as Ethan has learned the art of the meltdown, but you're so right -- for the memories, because we do have fun. <3

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Lindsay! The "art of the meltdown" is the worst! Hang in there, Doll!!

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  3. Good for you for trying again. My son has NO interest in crafting - although I might try your ghost craft, he might like that

    http://lifeexperienceneeded.blogspot.ca/2012/03/mommy-guilt.html

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    1. DO try the ghost craft and let me know how it goes! My son is three and enjoyed it. WARNING: do not try the bat craft. Kindergartners may hate it! HA HA! Thanks for the comment!

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  4. fun crafts. maybe i could get my lil man to try.
    i would love if you linked up to Tell Me Tuesday
    xo
    ash
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks a whole bunch, Ashley! I appreciate the comment love!

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  5. You have such a cute blog! I found you through the Utah Bloggers Facebook page. And you were on Mormon Times this Sunday right? I think that is such a neat thing you guys were able to do! And I love the crafts! My daughters are still on the young side (20 months and 4 months), but we'll get to crafting soon I'm sure. I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Alexis!! You doll face! I was on Mormon Times! HA HA! Did I look or sound like a goober? HA HA! I was worried about that! Thanks for making my day with your love and support.

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  6. Cute crafts. We have done lots of jack 'o lantern crafts so I think I will give the ghost cottonball one a try. My kids LOVE glue!

    New GFC follower via the Blog Hop!

    http://www.jandamom.com

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    1. Dearest Lee, thank you so much for popping by! DO try the cotton ball craft! It is easy and it's fun. My three year old enjoyed it the most. Thanks for following and for visiting. I'll be sure to return the favor!

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    1. Thank you so much! See? You get it! Why on earth doesn't my six-year-old?! HA HA!

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  8. Omygosh, I just busted out laughing at Lilly's remarks about the bat...and then when I saw she drew a big smiley face on him...and the hearts - hilarious! :) she is so funny!!!! Aww, and she was crying!! I can so picture this all! I love the ghosts...they're so cute!
    I can't wait to see her "hand turkeys" @ Thanksgiving! Maybe she will make them scary gobblers!
    I miss you guys!!! And I love that you make every holiday so fun for Camren and Lilly! :) thinking of you, turkey boo boo!
    I love you!
    Xoxox
    Maria

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  9. You are an awesome momma! That bat is too cute-- love the story that goes along with it. Thanks for sharing on Cowgirl Up this week.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

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  10. Those are all super cute! I'm going to try the ghost one with my daughter. Thanks for sharing this The Little Giggler!

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