This weekend I helped “Craft Girl” and “Chicken Nugget Girl” with their Valentine boxes. It took us awhile to come up with good ideas. Originally “CNG” wanted to do another oven box like she did last year. She figured since she was at a new school, it would be ok since no one saw the box we made last year. After I nixed that idea, she moved onto other kitchen appliances and decided on a dishwasher. A dishwasher? Really? I, once again, had to say no to that. I am such a mean Dad I know!
So to the internet we went in search of a good idea. CNG had the idea of doing an elephant so we Googled Elephant Valentine box for ideas. Low and behold, the 5th image in was of a man wearing elephant boxer shorts. Use your imagination to determine what the trunk was. Needless to say, I closed that browser window pretty fast. Next up was Pinterest and to an idea Ashley and I had seen earlier. We really liked this Minion made by birthdayblueprint.blogspot.com and after not much convincing, got CNG on board with it as well.
Overall, it was a pretty simple build but still managed to take CNG and I about 4 hours to complete. I feel the best feature is the ping pong eyeball glued into a glass jar that we used for the Minion’s one eye. CNG also really wanted to have a helmet instead of hair so that feature was added as well.
Minion Valentine Box
With “CG’s” box, we had a bit tougher of a time. Originally we were going to do a paper meche Narwhal but CG decided she wanted to have a sleepover instead. Because of drying time, we had to shelve the idea of the paper meche Narwhal. Instead, CG found a left-over box from a gift and using her artistic eye, was able to envision a Narwhal from it. We attached a paper roll for the horn and then used a large amount of gray duct tape to turn it into the beautiful sea creature below. The eyes were made from a ping pong ball cut in half and super glued onto the box.
Narwhal Valentine Box
Narwhal Valentine Box Back – Back
This weekend my oldest daughter (9 years old) received an email from one of her friends. In the email, her friend said she felt very sad for my daughter because her parents are divorced. My daughter responded back that she didn’t need to feel sad for her. She learned long ago that usually when bad things happen, good things can come from it. I asked her what she meant by that and she said “Now I have Ashley and my little brother and that is a good thing that came from a bad thing”. Ashley and I looked at each other with such pride in the girl that is growing up before us.
I found this is Craft Girl’s backpack over the weekend. Made me feel really good about what I am doing for my family.
Tonight Ashley was telling me that her Mom had just purchased a high chair for the baby. Chicken Nugget was listening and immediately asked “Wait! Grammy is pregnant too!?”
On the 100th day of school “Chicken Nugget’s” teacher asked everyone what they would do if they were given $100 dollars. Chicken Nugget responded that she would give it to the Church. She makes me so proud.
My daughter was telling me on the way to school today about a conversation she had with one of her friends at school. She had asked her friend if she knew who I was. Her friend replied with a “I think so. Isn’t he the one that has sort of spikey hair?” My daughter responded “Yes. He puts jello in it. Not really sure why.”
At that point I got to explain to her the difference between gel and jello.
Am I ever going to get to play with that stuff in storage or am I just going to have to let my kids play with it?
Chicken Nugget and I were playing the “I Love You More Than….” game. I told her that I loved her more than all the hairs on my head. She responded with:
Oh Dad! That’s not very much!
Dad. Do you have one of those six packs yet? (referring to my stomach) No? How many more years do you think it will take?
Craft girl brought this home the other day. She said she did it a few months back before this years Take Your Kids To Work Day. I thought it was cute and wanted to share it.
Tonight Craft Girl was asking me a whole bunch of questions like she always does. Tonight’s subject of choice was Noah’s Ark. She kept telling me all about it. Apparently she had seen Evan Almighty and knew all about Noah’s Ark. I told her some more interesting facts and that peaked her interest even more. She proceeded to move onto Ashley with her question asking. At one point she turns to Ashley and asks her if she could get on the computer and Google it. My jaw about hit the floor. My little girl has just asked for her first Google query! I am so proud of her! I can’t believe how fast kids grow up these days.
Top top it off. Ashley was showing both girls something on her laptop. Apparently not fast enough for Chicken Nugget as she reaches over, works the track pad effortlessly, and clicks on what she wants to see. Ashley sat there, amazed at how quickly and fluidly she was able to handle the laptop mouse pad. Kids these days are so smart!
This weekend we attended an evening mass with some friends at The Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park. Upon walking into the building, Chicken Nugget looks around and explains “This isnt a church, this is a mall. Why are we at the mall? I thought we were going to church”. Upon walking into the sanctuary, she then asks “are we going to see a concert?”