Sunday, January 04, 2009

Something I forgot...

I know that we're all ready to move on to 2009, but I just realized that I forgot to share something with you all. Every year, the monkeys make their own gifts for all of their grandparents, aunts & uncles. It started the Christmas right before Kendall turned 3 and we were living with my sister in a 2 bedroom apartment while we were building the house. Not having much space to store a lot of gifts, and needing things for Kendall to do while a lot of her toys were in storage, I would set her up at the kitchen table with a myriad of craft items and just see what her little mind could create. I know I am completely biased, but I thought it was all AMAZING! She loved to use the watercolors, and made so many fabulous little paintings one day that we decided to roll them up with ribbons and give them to all of her family members for Christmas. She hand-picked each one, telling me which person it would go to and why. When she handed them out at Christmas, she was so very proud, beaming each time one of her favorite people opened one and ooohed and ahhhhed over it. In fact, Aunt Jessie framed hers and still has it hanging in her bathroom to this day! Some day she'll be able to say she has a Kendall Kuck original! LOL!

And so it started...each year we look for an inexpensive craft for the kiddos to do for their gifts. From suncatchers and magnets that we filled with little crystals and baked in 2004 to the glass snowflake ornaments and foam Christmas houses we made this year, the grandparents, aunts and uncles are always surprised at what the kids come up with.

Here are some pics from our craft-making this year. All of the grandparents got a Christmas house, and the aunts and uncles got a glittery snowflake ornament...P.S...when a child's craft kit says 4 years and older...don't believe them. THEY LIE!!! Barry and I had to help with these little houses quite a bit! It was all worth it though, don't you think?

10 comments:

terri said...

Can I be the kids' honorary Auntie Terri? I'd love to get one of their awesome handmade gifts! Those houses are SO cute!

Teresa said...

We had bought those foam houses last year and for the life of me...I could not figure them out!! You're better than me! LOL!! I ended up pitching mine but now that I see your's...ummm...I mean your kids...lol...I wish I...I mean my kids...would have stuck with it and finished it!

Great projects and great idea!! :)

jenelle said...

I love kids gifts to see what they can create. I can just see your kiddos beaming while people open their presents. Great way to get them thinking about giving rather than getting. Where did you find the snowflakes?

Jen said...

Cute houses! What a great idea, I bet my kids would love making these.

Kiki said...

Super cute projects Kuckie....it looks like everyone had a great time!!!

I just spent some time checking in on your pics and posts....I love them all, it looks like you had a wonderful time and I am so excited to see what a divine 2009 we all have!!!

Kuckie said...

Terri - Of course!!

Teresa - Let me tell you, girl...those we a 'little' more involved than I was expecting...but I'm glad we stuck with it. They were a huge hit!

Jenelle - They had so much fun, and were very proud of their work, that's for sure! I got the snowflakes at Jo-Ann ETc.

Jen - They are probably on SUPER clearance right about now...go get some!

Kik - Thanks...we did!

KC said...

Good Job! Those crafts look great.
We had the boys make some picture frames for their Granny for Christmas this year. They had a blast, and she loved it! We've decided to let them make something each Christmas for someone special.

Kate said...

wow - look at the detail! Those are so cute. And what perfect timing too. I'm sure a lot of people could benefit from making instead of buying gifts for people this year. Great idea!

Kiki said...

I won a Pay It Forward with your Divine in 2009 tagline...so I'm Paying it Forward to you....I'll do a post about it soon!!! LTY dear friend!!

Jen said...

okay, I'm totally impressed! Very cute!and GREAT idea!

 
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