Crafting with Small Kids Around is HARD!!!

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know that I have two young boys.  My older son, Luca, just turned 6, and my little guy, Max, just turned 3.  I featured them in a scrapbook page post from a couple of months ago.  You can see how angelic they look here.  They both have December birthdays, which is ITSELF another whole level of insanity…but back to the point of this post!  Trying to get any crafting done while my boys are awake and in the house is next to impossible!  I came up with the following pic last year, after a particularly stressful crafting session.  I had a huge ebay order and I HAD to try to get some of it done on a day that they were home:

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my boys!  They are truly my greatest gift.  But sometimes I just want to MAKE. A. CARD. in peace!  And sometimes I need to work on something when they’re home, although I try to do most of it when they are at school or sleeping, just so I can avoid the hassle.  Crafting is supposed to be fun and relaxing, right?

For this post, I am talking more about my younger son, Max.  Luca was such a calm, peaceful child.  He was very content to just sit and play and read his books or color when he was Max’s age.  He still is.  He definitely had his moments, and he loved to make a mess, but he wasn’t destructive like his brother!  Max is just a walking disaster.  EVERYTHING he touches ends up on the floor.  Or broken.  Or lost.  I can’t tell you how many of my things have disappeared off the table when I’m not looking: a bone folder, snail dispenser, clear blocks, my paper piercing tool…I could go on and on.  He’s like a squirrel stashing nuts for the winter. And someday, when we move out of here, I am going to find his stash and get all my stuff back!

So I thought I would write a post on what crafting with my three year old is like, just for giggles. Really, at the end of the day, it’s all good, and I know someday I will look back and laugh and miss my boys being this age, even if sometimes NOW it can be pretty frustrating!

That’s Not Food, Kid

Here’s a picture of my Big Shot Brush and the foam pad that comes with it.  The new version comes with two pads, but this is an old one.  Kind of wish I had a back up pad after Max got a hold of it!  Why yes, that IS a bite taken out of it.  And yes, I feed my child, and there is no reason why he would need to eat this other than he’s a toddler and he wants to eat EVERYTHING!  And WHY are little kids so fast?  He’s like a ninja.  For real.  I look away for a second, and this is the sort of thing that happens!

You Need a Stamp on There First

Here is a picture I just used in a post a couple of days ago.  It was the post about how to clean permanent ink off of blocks with essential oils.  (You can find it here.)  THIS happened when I left the room for a few seconds to get something in another room.  When I left, Max was happily sitting across the table coloring with his OWN stuff.  When I came back after only a few seconds, he was smashing stamping this block onto my Archival (AKA: permanent) black pad.  I’m just glad he didn’t get the ink everywhere!  It took awhile to get it all off, but I was able to get it nice and clean again!  But still!

Thanks for Finding My Paper Piercing Tool

About six months ago, my Paper Piercing Tool went missing.  It wasn’t a big deal, as I had a back up, and like everything else, I was sure it would turn up eventually.  Well, it finally did a couple of days ago, inside a toy school bus, buried in the toy box.  Max found it and decided to test it on this exercise ball.  Did you know a Paper Piercing Tool can go RIGHT THROUGH the side of an exercise ball?  Well if you didn’t know before, you do now!  It took a few days, but the ball is now completely deflated.  I’m bummed that I don’t have the ball anymore.  Not because I EVER used it to actually exercise, but because I used it as a foot rest while sitting on the couch.  And it was SUPER comfortable!  And now I have nothing to put my feet on.  Oh well, thank you Max for finding Mommy’s missing tool.  But no thanks for ruining my foot rest, kid.  Ugh!

Then there was the time he took my Real Red ink refill into his room.  I didn’t know he had it, and he ended up with it all over his hands.  I almost had a heart attack when I saw it because I thought he had cut himself on something, but I quickly realized what it really was.  I didn’t get pics of it because I was just so relieved that it wasn’t blood all over his hands, but again, really? Out of 55 colors, he had to pick THAT one to run off with?  This kid definitely keeps me on my toes!

As I mentioned before, I do most of my crafting when my kids are at school or sleeping.  I have to.  My kids require a lot of supervision, and it’s next to impossible to get anything done while they’re around, especially this time of year when it’s winter and it’s too cold to go outside.  It’s only every once in awhile that I attempt to do anything when they are home and awake, and these are the exact reasons WHY.  It’s just not worth the aggravation, and plus, it’s more important to spend time with them anyway!  Someday, my kids will be grown and out of the house, and I’ll wish they were still here driving me crazy. For now, crafting during normal business hours will have to wait.  And that’s okay.  (Although I am really looking forward to finding Max’s stash!)  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!