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A Minute out of the Norm: Paint some Easter Decorations

I thought I would start a new 'department' here on "Our Letters to You". I find with my husband gone for long periods of time I'm always looking to 'shake things up a bit'. It's when our routine becomes too routine that we really miss his presence.

I'm no Martha Stewart but as I come up with new ideas that we did just to change the routine by 5 to 10 minutes I would like to share them with you. So without further ado I present our first "Minutes out of the Norm".

A Minute Out of the NormToday my boys and I painted Easter Eggs; Not the real kind of eggs ... the paper kind. I'm a big fan of 'stock paper'. It's not flimsy & when it is on sale I usually grab a stack for crafty things. So I cut out a few "eggs" and presented my preschool age children with paint brushes and water colors. (We bought a stack of them at the beginning of school when they were on sale so I always have plenty on hand.)

They went to town painting & showing me each new one they colored. I even got into it and painted two. They did enjoy Mommy painting with them as it gave them new ideas for designs on their own eggs as well as a lot more attention then 'the norm'. What child doesn't crave attention after all? After all of our eggs were painted I taped them to our sliding-glass door in my kitchen. Now we have a lovely montage of eggs for the week.

It gave me a great opportunity to talk to the boys; we talked about what Easter was all about. While I sat there the dryer bell dinged, the 'instant message' on my computer 'rang', I noticed how dirty my kitchen floor really was, and yet none-of-it mattered. I was having one-on-one time with my boys.

Do you have "Minute out of the Norm" that you like to do with your children? Let me know! Shoot me an email at leanne@militaryavenue.com and I will feature you as a 'guest writer'.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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