Friday, December 4

We're all better off when the gingerbread boy runs away...

On Monday, Alexis brought home a gingerbread boy from school that we were supposed to decorate and return by Friday. Alexis was ready to go to town on it with her markers when I opened my big mouth and said, "Hang on, lets think about it for awhile. It might be more fun to use different things to decorate it, instead of just coloring." She agreed to think about it for awhile and we left it alone. Then, on Wednesday, we picked up her little carpooling buddy and in her hand was the cutest gingerbread boy turned girl I'd ever seen! She had a grass skirt made out of spaghetti noodles, lined with colored paper clips and a variety of other things. Since then Alexis has been wanting to make a "hula girl" (Thanks for that Chelsea!), but still I encouraged her to think of a different idea.

Let me pause here and mention that for the most part I dread doing homework with Alexis. We just don't work well together. I know I'm the adult in the situation, so that falls on me, but the girl is a tyrant. It's her way or the highway. And the highway is a long mess of loud, whiny tantrums. Do you think the gingerbread boy project is any different? No. It's the worst homework project we've yet encountered, amplified by 1000.

So this morning we finally tackle the project (because why do things ahead of time?), and she informs me that she wants to make one of three things. Either a missionary, an Indian, or a human. I guess the first two don't fit the category of the third?? Following which she declares that she wants to make Pocahontas, using fabric, complete with the one strap across the shoulder.
She passes up all the yellow and brown fabric in favor of the pink and sparkly ones--this is unlike any Pocahontas you have ever seen. We got to work, and I lasted about 15 minutes before I became too frustrated and had to leave the room. It would have taken several hours for us to finish at the rate we were going, but after I left she was done in twenty minutes. It's a simple Pocahontas Gingerbread Boy/Girl, but she is happy with it. And if I weren't such a control freak I would have realized that she was better off doing it on her own in the first place. Alexis spends her whole days creating. She'll gather her supplies, retreat to the dining room table and spend hours making whatever her imagination thinks up. Sitting there creating is probably what makes her happiest and she is always pleased with what she thinks up. So why did I feel the need to butt my big nose in in the first place? Sometimes us parents just get in the way and mess things up. And that is what I have learned today.
P.S. Meanwhile Tyler ran around playing, sans pants. This was a treat because the child always insists on wearing pants.

5 comments:

Mary said...

My kids are direct descendents of Pocahontas through Josh. That doesn't have much to do with your post, besides the fact that you were making a Pocahontas gingerbread woman, but I think that it's a pretty cool little tidbit that I like to throw out there whenever I get a chance :) And I also like to write really long run-on sentences whenver I get the chance!

Glen and Rachel said...

I think that Pocahontas is awesome, and Alexis does look mighty pleased with it! Also, is it just the lighting, or are Tyler's toenails pink?

Jessica Munk said...

You have just told the future of Zac and I. It is so hard for me to let go. Last year, he had homework for preschool-even just writing his name was like this. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I can start to let go before he gets to more homework. My other friend and her daughter do homework GREAT together :P What am I doing wrong?

Karen said...

I haven't read your blog (or any blogs) for awhile, so I was wondering if I should have known you were pregnant a long time ago, but then I saw that it was only a couple weeks ago that you announced it. Congratulations! Oh, and about Alexis' hair. . .I was like that when I was her age, and my mom let me do it. I kind of wish she wouldn't have. But, I also started to get really good at doing my own hair, and now want to go to beauty school, so maybe it wasn't such a bad thing.

Adam and Rachael said...

That is the best gingerbread Pocahontas I have ever seen. :) That's actually a really fun idea. I think I'll try it out on my kids.