kIn case you didn't know, Michael's craft store offers $5 craft classes on Saturdays. Best idea ever! You don't have to schedule ahead of time, but if you find you have an open Saturday, you can get everyone out of the house. Ginny loves the crafts. James tried it the first time she went. I wandered the store for 20 minutes (you do have to stay in the store while they craft), & came back to find Ginny hard at work & James standing on the chairs lining the wall & carefully walking up & down them. The Michaels' employee was gluing his craft. He was just not ready.
Ginny, however, loved it then and loves it now, so we go, & frankly, I think James & I might actually have even more fun than Gin does. When I look back on James's preschool/pre-k years, I think those mornings will be some of my happiest memories. I don't get a lot of one-on-one time with James. He is my second child, after all. That's why I think he still chooses to not do the craft. Two years have passed since he stood on the chairs in that first class, & now he could totally handle following the directions. He just chooses not to. He appears to prefer time with me, & there's no way I'm discouraging that. The day will come when his favorite thing isn't hanging out with me. Until then, I'll follow his bliss around the store. We check out the holiday decor (Halloween is his favorite), touch all of the beads, & explore the toys. I watch his little face light up. We might just be passing the time while Ginny crafts, but man, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I'm an English teacher, a wife, a dog lover, a bibliophile, & a wanna-be fashionable mom. Well, I'm already a mom. Just trying to get the "fashionable" part going...