Lucky for me, I had two small cardboard boxes and plenty of empty TP rolls. You know, just in case I ever decide to free my inner Pinterest craft diva and make wall art. Hooray! Both girls can make buildings and all I have to do is strap my bottomless pit (seriously, the boy never stops eating) of a baby into his high chair and hook him up with a box of Cheerios. Bonus points for mom.
For Ellie's castle I envision a building with turrets and battlements and windows and a drawbridge, much like the picture above. She has asked only that it have a pointy roof. I'm so glad she and I are on the same page about that. Turrets need pointy roofs. We'll paint it a shining white with lavender roofs and I'll die of mommy-craftdom bliss. Ellie, however, has an opinion. And the reality is never what we imagine.
|The reality, designed and (mostly) painted by Ellie. Not too bad for a four year old.|
"Are you sure? Let me show you." I optimistically place the sliced TP roll on the corner of the castle to show her just how awesome a castle it would make.
"No. I don't want it."
Disbelieving, I grab her plastic princess castle and show her a castle needs round towers. "See?"
"Okay!" She is now enthusiastic about the tower. Yes! I ask her how many towers she wants as I get ready to slice at least three more rolls.
"I just want one," she says as she points to the corner where she wants it. Dang it. My eye starts twitching as my need for symmetry is completely ignored. Four year old kids don't care about that.
"What color should we paint it?" I reached for the bottle of white paint.
"I want yellow!" Of course she does.
Now the castle is living at Ellie's school. She was so excited to take it there. Maya's castle is still here, obviously. She wanted a tower on her castle. Good girl. She's even more opinionated than her sister. Her tower had to go right on top and directly in the middle. I told her it looks like a temple. And now it's a temple. We have a lot of those around here, including the one being built two blocks from out house. Besides, a temple's better than a castle any day.
See the color choice Maya made vs. the temple's colors? Nice work, Miss Maya. That picture is taken from my driveway. Knowing the temple is being built there gives me the warm-fuzzies, even if the cold and the inversion make for pretty bleak weather. And chewy air. Also, my walkway has developed an ice pimple. Just so you know.
|You should see the icicle that drips onto this. It's not actually all that impressive.|