The ground is warm beneath me. I sit knee to chest, back to sun, smile to sky.
Jason’s mowing the lawn while he barbeques. The best of multi-tasking, summer-style.
The smells mix and meld and waft our way. “That smells good!” Chloe says. She sits by my side, her small knee touching mine. It’s sun kissed, grass stained, and cut-off clad.
Brody is telling a story. Last spring, his teacher wrote on his preschool report card in perfectly penned teacher writing – all lines and curves and dots – Brody loves telling stories, and never misses a detail. She was right.
This has been a summer of story telling.
Chloe’s scuffed knees. Brody’s many words. Kayli’s newly layered hair.
Art projects and outings and barbeques. Lazy mornings and long days at the pool. Farmer’s Markets and fresh picked raspberries from our garden.
I feel it winding down, so I soak in the (painting!) mess at my feet, the (excessive?) details Brody spins above my head, and my (little, for this moment) girls on either side of me.
We’re Q-tip painting on the driveway. It’s a little traditional and a lot slow and I love this project for these exact reasons.
Kayli is quietly working. Her dots are rhythmic and meticulous. I follow her lead, as does Chloe, and (eventually) Brody.
And that’s how I ended up sitting by the whir of the lawn mower and the smell of the BBQ and the savor of the last bits of summer.
How to Do Q-tip Painting
You’ll need Q-tips, paint, and paper.
The kids will dip their Q-tips into the paint containers and paint their picture with small dots. Consider having them plan out their picture in advance or just let them start creating.
For small children, this is an exercise in fine motor skills. (And possible mess-making.)
For older children, it’s a chance to create something quite Big out of something quite small. (Which is really quite magical, isn’t it?)
And for their mamas, it’s a moment of slowed down quiet. (Amen.)