Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kid Artwork

It was a gloomy day, but you could feel the energy in the air everywhere with excitement for the holiday break!

My husband took a vacation day so my parents didn't have to come down in this awful weather.  My middle guy was off today, but my husband had to schlep them all out to pick up my oldest who got out at noon.

I was home from work by 3 and have in the oven now a pumpkin pie for thanksgiving dessert and a crumb cake for tomorrow's breakfast which I will serve with fresh pineapple and strawberries for an easy breakfast.

We're going to my in laws for Thanksgiving so have a couple of things to bring in addition the pumpkin pie.  I already made the cranberry sauce which is the easiest thing in the world to do - skip the can!  Tomorrow all I have to do is make sweet potato bread, quinoa casserole and cinnamon carrots. 

Knowing I had other cooking to do tonight I made a simple dinner.  I threw in the crock pot some chicken broth, chopped carrots, onion, celery and a package of frozen chicken thighs.  When I got home I shredded the chicken thighs and had an easy meal of chicken vegetable soup.
As a special treat I decided to make dessert for my kids tonight to have while we watch Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving.  I didn't want to fuss so used an emergency box of brownies I had on hand and mixed it with a can of pumpkin -- that's all it takes to make Easy Pumpkin Brownies
Put it in a 9x13 pan at 350 for 50 minutes.  

Today's Get It Done Tip is about what to do with all the artwork the kids make.  I have had about a 149 of these guys (the artwork, not the kid) pass through my door in the past 6 years:

I had a conversation with a friend recently about how many paintings and drawings his kids make and how there are only so many you can keep.  I keep a dozen or so a year that are special and each of my kids have their own special artwork keepsake box I put those select few items in.  

The rest of the artwork gets a photo taken of it in the hands of the artist.  So I have the first two or three dot arts ever made by each kid with their name and date on it.  The 146 other dot arts also make an appearance on our "art wall" at home for a few weeks and then I have the picture of it forever....a small, electronic version that won't get tossed around my house.  I know some people take a photo of just the artwork, but I personally like that the artist is holding it in hand proudly showing it in the's so cute!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a great long weekend!

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