Thursday, October 11, 2012

Afternoon project

This afternoon Adele refused to take a nap so after a couple of episodes of Dinosaur Train I forced myself to turn off the TV and find some kind of project to entertain the girls during what was going to be a long afternoon. Both of them love to paint but due to the extremely high mess potential we don't do it all that often. Today was the day though. Fiona has been really interested in Dinosaurs lately so I thought it would be fun for Fiona to make a Dinosaur world for her Dinos to play in. I cut up an old box and set her to work painting grass and sky etc., to make a prehistoric background.

Great! Ok, now let's get Adele painting...

Perfect! Ok, now they are both occupied, I should empty the dishwasher!

I turned back after opening the dishwasher door and... please don't paint in your hair Adele!

Thirty seconds later... Adele! Paint goes on the paper!

Adele... what are you doing?!

How's Fiona doing? Just fine. Ok, great. 

I refocus Adele on painting on the paper instead of herself and assist Fiona with some parts of her project. I look up and realize Adele is painting the chair next to her and when I walk around the table I found that she's also quietly peed all over the chair she's sitting on (yep, potty training). 

I clean her up and pop a diaper on her (yep, giving up, maybe she'll be potty trained by high school). I walk to the bathroom to deal with the laundry and on my return I find... this. 

Adele has now decided that her mouth tastes funny and she's done with painting. So... now what? Adele's covered in paint but Fiona is having a great time and needs some help with the rest of her project. Where do you contain a very painty child when you're trying to pay attention to her sister too? The sink!

At which point it seemed like a good idea to have a one of these. 

YAY! Sink bath!! 

Fiona and I made some more things for Dino Land and then she got to work adding the lava.

After Adele started eating all the bubbles sink bath was over. Fiona put the finishing touches on Dino Land and the Dinosaurs got to check it out. They were too excited to wait for the paint to dry so got to have some fun stomping around making footprints. The Dinos needed a bath later too, but Fiona took care of that for me. 

Despite the incredible mess we all had a lot of fun :-)

And no, I never did manage to get the dishwasher emptied!


Ozzy said...

2 kids = 2 beers??

Laurie Page said...

I LOVE this. Thank you for the peek into your life today. Hysterical! I love it! And love those girls!

Michelle said...

Such a fun update! And Fiona is starting to look so grown-up! x

Mum said...

Dinoland looks very exciting - and I think you should buy Adele face paints - that would save some paper!