Salt Painting

I'm sure you've seen this activity on Pinterest as much as I have.  It looks like a lot of fun and I thought my boys would enjoy trying this out as they both love painting.  I set each child up with a tray which I always try to use when we have messy projects as it makes for much easier clean up.  A plain piece of paper went into each tray and I gave my six year old a bottle of glue to begin drawing whatever he wants using the glue.  He loved this part and he wrote in glue at the top of the page "Thanks Mom."  I'm very blessed!

My younger child, wouldn't be able to squeeze out the glue so I asked him what he wanted and we decided on a rainbow.  I thought it looked so much fun so I made a flower.  

Once your glue picture is drawn, pour salt all over the glue, tapping off the excess.  (Good thing we have that tray!)  

Next, using watercolor paints, paint on top of the salt.  You will notice that the salt will pick the color right up and it really looks pretty amazing. 

This whole activity took about 30 minutes and little clean up.  I highly recommend picking up some salt (I got mine at the dollar store) so you and your kid(s) can also try this out!  

Stop Growing!

I keep telling my oldest boy to stop growing.  Why can't he just stay as the little guy who use to want Mommy to hold him and rock him to sleep.  Well, let me clarify, because even at nearly seven years old, he would love for me to hold him in my arms and rock to sleep but he is way bigger than he was as a little one when I would do that.  He use to be the right size to rock in my arms where his little stubby legs would be hanging over my arm.  I use to be able to lift him and rock him standing if more movement was needed.  Now it would be quite a comical scene if I tried standing and rocking him holding his 45lb body with long legs and arms, every which way.

In our home, we've always had an open door policy when it comes to the bathroom.  I knew the day would come when the door would start closing but now? Already?  Really?  I'm not ready for it! He is too young to be closing the door on his Mom.  This is the same boy, that asked me to wipe his butt two days ago.  And the one that will encourage his little brother to dance in their underwear/diaper (or less) around the house.  But to be fair, I will admit that for the past few months now, I do try to cover myself when Dylan is around.  He isn't a baby anymore and although I don't want him to be embarrassed about his body, a little modesty is needed at times.

So today, when I walked past the bathroom door and saw the door close, I immediately grew concerned.  "Are you okay?" I asked him.  "Yes," he told me he was hot so he had to close the door.   Ummm okay then.   I will let that pass because I know he is growing up and although he still needs his Mommy or Daddy to hold him at night or when he falls down, there are other times, when he needs to be on his own.  I always knew he would be ready for it before I was.