i took the boys to the art supply store yesterday and got them each a wonderful journal. i told them that we would work in our journals each week together. i want their journals to be about them, by them, and for them. i'm really looking forward to spending the time being crafty together.
at night, as soon as we were home from swimming, my youngest grabbed up his journal and announced that he was writing his own comic book Today. and he got right down to it. he is busy this minute writing the story which is turning out to be quite an adventure. it is full of friends who wake up with mysteriously colorful glowing skin on friday the 13th. he keeps coming in to share the newest parts with me. it's awesome.
when school ends it is tempting for me to sign them up for art classes, tennis camp, or summer school. but our school year is scheduled so tightly that when summer rolls around we all want a break. and, i know i have lots of things that i can teach them (including doing the laundry!). it makes me so happy when they are eager to try new things and find fun in some of the same activities that bring me joy. they are finally at the age where they can truly take on many of the art projects that i love. my oldest is very much anticipating a paper clay project we are going to start. i have quite a list of ideas for creative play this summer. i'll keep you posted!