Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I want to start the post off with a little bit of a fun thing. In our house, we celebrate Christmas a little bit differently. God blessed my husband and I with our son, on Christmas Day! So, we don’t celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day, we celebrate it on Christmas Eve. Monkey believes that Santa makes a special trip on the 23rd to all of the good boys and girls that have a birthday on Christmas. In doing this, there was something that our little man wanted for Christmas that he got to receive.
He wanted the whole family to build something together. One thing in the new house that we all seemed to need was book shelves. My husband and Monkey measured out the yellow pine boards and made their cuts. Once the boards for each shelf was together, I taught Monkey how to stain. Side note, as I am sure my fellow mothers of wild boys know, stain and six year olds do not mix. I merely showed him how to stain, of which he was very content with. This is how the shelf portion of this turned out…
Monkey’s is completely stained in a warm espresso color. There are three shelves to each book case.
Ours was done in a beautiful weather grey with that gorgeous espresso on the supports of the shelves.
Thankfully, the stain was quick drying, only an hour. The stain we used had amazing coverage and we were able to use very little with amazing results. Once the stain was dry on all pieces, my sweet hubby and little man attached everything together and amazing shelves were created.
Monkey absolutely loves his shelves. He loves that he can have his little keepsakes, his fish, and his books all in one spot. I love that the book shelves in our room match our bedroom set. I absolutely love the way the grey and espresso work so well together. This project came at such a perfect time and it really helps all three of us stay really close to each other.
While crafting together may not be the thing for every family, I am a firm believer that families that do fun activities together are closer to each other. When I was growing up, I remember how different some kids were with their families. My dad was always insistent on us all doing things together. We would go to the park after church sometimes and have a picnic, read the Bible together, and play board games. I will absolutely never forget hiking together on a vacation in Alabama. We hiked so long I swore we were lost for most of it. It was one of my fondest childhood memories. I also remember my dad saving my life on another hiking trip, when I slipped on a rock on the river and almost fell down the waterfall. All of these things made us so close. Thinking back on the things that we did together, I don’t remember what my parents bought us or how much money they spent on something, I remember how awesome it was to spend that time with them. The ridiculously silly songs my dad would come up on long car rides. Singing with my mom to George Strait on the radio.
Or, and I am sure my cousins remember this as well; putting on talent shows in front of the fireplace for my mom or aunt. They sat through us singing for hours and smiled and laughed the whole time. The allowance of creativity brought us so close together, I want my son to experience that.
I want him to know what it is like to have fun as a child and not be forced to grow up far too soon. I want him to always know that no matter what, he is loved beyond measure, that he will never have to feel judged for anything he comes to us about, and that he can talk to us completely open and honest. Doing this project together as a family reminded me of all of these things and definitely made me want to do even more projects as a family.
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