advent: an arrival or coming, especially one which is awaited.
We’ve never made window advent calendars before. Annabelle has wanted to ever since seeing one in a craft book. With scrap cardboard, scrap Christmas paper, sharpies, glitter, and a few dedicated girls, everyone made one. They now are hung beside each bed except for engineer, Caroline’s. Her 3D calendar will have drawers and homemade chocolates. Wouldn’t you have expected that from that particular child?
Caroline always reminds me how I want/need to be as a parent. When everyone else has finished their project and supplies are put away and minds moved on to other things, my Caroline’s complex approach to many things means supplies strewn and detailed ideas that need my engineering as well. Caroline’s projects last over days and sometimes weeks. Sometimes they are worked over and forgotten, other times they are carried through until the end.
The process –– always about the process. And that is precisely where the learning/ problem solving/ creativity is born. So this very morning after most of the girls have opened their window with a “3” on it, my dining room has all of the parts to Caroline’s, ready for me to help her figure out the next solution in her problem solving of a standing advent calendar.
Today I’m grateful for the excitement of homemade advent calendars and a strong-willed daughter.
the sleepy time gal