Keeping them busy...

We used to do home improvement projects in shifts...one of us would mind the baby, one of us would paint, sand, etc.
This is the first time we've done a project that didn't have to be stealthily completed during naptime or worked on solo while the other parent pulled baby duty.

It's kind of nice!

We do, however, still need to make sure the kids are occupied with something CONSTRUCTIVE, otherwise we're liable to find missing kitchen utensils and an empty box of baking soda on the front porch.
Last week we tried to work on the room just an hour per night, and this was our activity of choice for the kids.

They didn't mind one bit. 
In fact, sadly, we have actually never had them experience the joys of shaving cream on a table at all! 
Not sure why, except...

when we went to clean them up, we realized exactly how messy it could be!  
They all smelled like an adolescent out to woo some ladies, their fingers were pruny...

I wondered if we should ever eat cookies baked on these trays again and...

some of the finish was completely worn off the table! 

Over all, a fun time was had, and our table is really none the worse for wear.  
The room is coming along nicely, but at a snail's pace...this is a very busy time of year for us and we normally do NOT take on a project in the fall. 
We're at the painting stage now, whew! so all should go smoothly from here on out...
more pictures of it this week {hopefully!}

3 readers took time to leave a thought:

Will and Olivia October 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Looks like fun!!! :-)

Anonymous October 11, 2010 at 8:49 PM  

So fun! I pour some on wax paper (taped to the table) and it is slightly less messy, but still fun. It is how we practice spelling words, printing letters and numerals etc. They also enjoy making pictures and then wiping them away to start again. Salt poured into a baking sheet with an edge is also fun!
Your "new" "pal"
Canadian Cathy ;)

Muthering Heights October 11, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

That's a very creative way to keep them occupied!!

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