When a Three Year Old Girl Plans Family Night
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When a three-year-old little girl plans Family Night, it looks very much like this:

I was fresh out of Family Night ideas this morning, so I asked the opinion of the only other person in the house at the time. Lauryn thought a Strawberry Shortcake night was a fabulous idea. What else could I do but agree?

First up, a shopping trip was in order. We went to the grocery store that has the cute little "future shopper" carts, and I left the shopping to Lauryn. Excuse the fuzzy pictures. She was a girl on a mission and could not be bothered to slow down to pose.

After the strawberry purchases were made we were off to pick up the boys from school. There was a mild to moderate amount of eye-rolling behind Lauryn's back when she told them the Family Night theme. But to their credit, they acted thrilled with her idea and were great little encouragers. I was shocked and proud of them. No push back at all. She was so cute and excited to tell them her idea that they could hardly react otherwise.

When we got home, she talked the boys into wearing red t-shirts, and green bandannas on their heads. The complied mindlessly while watching cartoons, then promptly ripped off the bandanas when she later squealed, "Yay!! You're dressed up like strawberries!" Apparently they were willing to comply if it was merely a color theme, but not if they were supposed to actually be a strawberry.

While we waited for Dad to get home the kids each made a strawberry pillow. (I didn't intend for it to be a "pillow"...I was just planning on them making a random stuffed toy...but the kids started calling it a pillow...and each of them are sleeping with it tonight...so whatever....) For around $2 bucks total, I bought enough red, green, and black felt for them to each create a stuffed strawberry. They helped trace and cut out the shapes, glued the "seeds" on, and helped me sew the edges together on the sewing machine. Dylan and Lauryn just wanted to push the pedal, but Ryan actually sewed the material. For about 38 seconds, then he was bored.

Here's a few pics of the kids making their "pillows." In the first shot Lauryn is holding the "strawberry prototype" - - my practice round trying to figure out a pattern. Except it was made entirely with a hot glue gun. I was trying to avoid getting out the sewing machine. Because I'm lazy that way. After I burned my fingers repeatedly, I finally caved and got out the machine. (Who knew hot glue could seep through fabric? Probably everyone but me. Not kid friendly.)

Lauryn was proud to show off her "pillow" to her Daddy when he got home. I can't be certain, but I'm fairly confident that as this was taken he was thinking, "Thank you, lovely wife, that you got the crafty part of Family Night over with before I got home." You're welcome.

And yes, that thing on Lauryn's head is indeed supposed to resemble a strawberry leaf. She can be surprisingly easy to impress.

As for the rest of the night's activities, we made a "strawberry drink", which consisted of dumping frozen sliced and sugared strawberries into a pitcher of cool-aid. We ate fresh strawberries with dinner, and Blue Bell Chocolate Covered Strawberry ice cream for dessert. Yummy.

Fun night! Thanks Ms. Lauryn!


Blogger StephCliff had this to say:

This is so something I would have chosen as family night when I was younger! It may be my favorite one so far. :)

August 25, 2009 at 11:18 PM 

Blogger Vanessa had this to say:

She is a good little planner!

August 26, 2009 at 5:12 PM 

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

Cute, cute, cute!!! Okay, so tell me the truth--do you personally enjoy the crafty part? Girl, I detest anything that smells of craftiness. I don't know what my problem is. A repressed elementary school memory? Don't know. By the way, we've officially decided we're starting a similar tradition in our house. I'm in charge of family fun night and Keith's in charge of a weekly devotional night. Something new we're trying around here.

August 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM 

Blogger Tina had this to say:

"that's my friend Lauryn"...Carter

August 28, 2009 at 12:12 PM 

Blogger Shelly Collins had this to say:

Wow, strawberry night looks awesome!
Yes, Starr, same Phillis! Can you beleive it? She is so precious. She goes to my grandma's church. I feel lucky to have her.

August 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM 

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