Being crafty, fun and artsy is a huge part of me and therefore, I find it important to encourage and applaud children as their minds wander and their little hands create. Living in a boys world is all about trucks, cars and well, most things with an engine. I LOVE IT! Our sweet boy creates the most wonderful drawings and I love coming up with new ways to promote his talent.
The end of 2014 was the most tough holiday times, to date. Not only for my husband and I, but for my in-laws too. With Christmas approaching, I was determined to come up with a way to bring a daily smile to my bonus parent's face. They were having serious withdrawals from their beloved little grandson. We had gone from a schedule of having our big grinned boy, every other weekend (Fri-Mon) and two days (one overnight) a week, to an unimaginable schedule. For all five years of this little man's life, he has seen his dad and grandparents a couple days a week plus weekends here and there, until a court order schedule was put into place. Once that occurred, time was increased some more. Needless to say, his contagious laugh was a normal sound in our home and one that was much anticipated the moment he was dropped off at school, until our next day with him.
At this point (October), he had "temporarily" relocated to WA and we had a temporary schedule of every other weekend, IN Seattle. My in-laws, on the other hand.. well, they had to wait until Christmas to see him. Talk about getting your heart ripped out.
They needed something extra special this year for their gifts. Something personally done by a gifted little mind, attached with a perfect moment that was caught on camera. Thank you Hobby Lobby, for displaying the perfect idea to make my crafty dreams collide. Picture Frames! Ones that allowed a sharp little ingenious mind make his work come alive! He picked out the color in which all the frames needed to be painted and then he went to town.
We've got Grandpa's 240 Datsun Z racecar, a monster truck, a flat bed truck carrying a VERY well tied down load, as well as regular semi-trucks, both big and small. One with a coil something or other that connects from the tractor part of the truck to the trailer and ones without the coil thing. (Clearly, I still have no idea what that coil thing is or does, but I am a sucker for detail)
Our little man also handcrafted frames for my parents as well. Grandpa Tim and Grandma Sue may have definitely raised two girls, but they have a deep love for Harleys and have acquired a new found delight for cars and trucks since this boy came into their life. Oh, don't worry. They still remind me that there was a time where I wouldn't wear anything that didn't twirl, that I can be a smidge high maintenance and that I love my fake lashes and heels. But just like me, they have joined the "all boy train" too.
As you can see, they got blessed with some pretty spectacular art too! That is actually the very first motorcycle our little man has ever drawn! SO AWESOME, right?! I may 100% be biased, but I know that these frames and the precious moments that fill them make the grandparents smile daily, as well as a VERY proud dad. They are the perfect lasting gift. They capture this moment in age, in talent, and in observation. They also make a very proud six year old beam every time he sees them, which isn't often now, but it at least sparks new creativity for the masterpieces to come.