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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Precious Memories

I remember as a child spending time with my grandma. There was no money then and no toys so you used your imagination on what to do. We did, however, have coloring books and crayons.
One day while my younger brother and I were coloring, Grandma asked what we were doing. So we showed her and begged her to color one page. Well she loved it so every time we went to Grandma's we colored with her. While we colored, she would tell stories about old days. This was so much fun.
My Aunt and Grandpa made fun of her for coloring because of her age so she wouldn't color one day. We told her they were silly and she told us that she knew she was too old for that but she loved to see what the beautiful colors looked like together. Well we told her that she just needed to color when they weren't around and they couldn't laugh at her. And she did.
So my brother and I saved all the money we could get hunting and selling coke bottles or helping someone for a little money and we bought Grandma her own coloring book and crayons. She hid them in her chest of drawers and when we weren't there she would color and get so excited to show us her pictures when we came to stay with her. All the money in the world could not have bought the pleasure that coloring with Grandma did.
It's not the money we spend that children remember when they grow, it's the time we spend with them.
What better way to spend time with your children than to craft with them this Easter. Make some salt dough, let them cut out their favorite shapes with cookie cutters and then sit down and paint with them. All you need is 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup salt and a enough water to make it damp. Knead it until smooth and roll out about 1/4 in. thick and cut out shapes. Then bake it in 250 degrees oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Just make sure they are hard. Let cool and sand just a little. Then get some acrylic paints and let them use their imagination on how to paint them.

We have set up a date with my granddaughter, great niece and my granddaught's friend to do this. It's a fun and cheap way to spend time with your kids or grandkids. Have fun and make your own memories.


Angela said...

Such a sweet story, and so true. My only granchild is a little girl, 3 years old and she loves to go to my craft room with me. I keep something up there crafty that she can do and it makes her so proud. We have already made salt dough ornaments for Christmas and are planning some Spring ones soon.
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yorkie's primitives said...

Thanks Angela and i would love to follow your blog but I can't find the link. Can you give me the link? Valerie

yorkie's primitives said...

Hi Angela, I found it and am now a follower, Valerie

country cottage said...

What a great story and even more greater is the memory that you have of your grandmother. I remember all the great time I had with both of my grandmothers. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Such a precious story!! Aren't you glad you persuaded her to continue... out of the mouth of babes they teach us! That's so neat that you and your brother saved all your money and bought your grandma her own set. Your story brought tears to my eyes!

It is so very true... our kids will remember the time we spent with them. My youngest and I sit and color a lot. Sometimes my mind will wander to things I should be or could be doing instead and then his sweet little voice will say "This is so much fun mommy!". So we color until his little hand can't color any more.

Thanks for the awesome idea of making salt dough with the kids. They love to cut out cookies and decorate them so I will do this with them. Thank you so much for sharing!!