This project combined some of my all time favorite things...chalkboard paint, a clipboard, my cricut, a sheet of vinyl, labels, and lists!
I took a 99 cent clipboard from Walmart and painted both front and back with chalkboard paint. I taped off the clip part so I wouldn't have to worry about getting paint on it. After letting it cure for a day, it was ready for showtime. I used my Cricut (home decor cartridge) to cut the cute label in white vinyl. Then I cut each child's name in black vinyl to put on the label. For now the plan is to have a clipboard each, for everyone's chores, schedules, reminders, homework, etc. Pretty much whatever purpose we need it to serve from day to day. And that's the beauty of a chalkboard...you can erase it at the end of the day and start over. I think we'll take them in the car on long trips as busy boards. My little girls would love that!!! In fact, I'll probably have a hard time keeping this personalized chalkboard away from Emma. She is really into drawing and writing her name right now. When my boys were 4 they has absolutely no interest whatsoever in writing their name. This girl, on the other hand, asked me right before Christmas if she could learn to "draw" her name. My sister made her a book of personalized practice writing sheets and she promptly taught herself how to write her name! I was completely amazed, and felt slightly guilty that I'm not giving her enough stimulation. That little brain of hers is always working and apparently needs constant feeding! I'm gonna have to step it up, right?
Oh.....and by the way.....we're not trapped anymore. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and understanding. It was so nice to know that I'm not the only on who does silly things like that! A friend of a friend of a friend sent her dad, who just happens to be a locksmith and lives right down the street, and he unlocked my car. He was so unbelievably kind. He knew my husband was in the military and asked about him and how we were doing. And he absolutely refused to take one penny from me. He was my angel yesterday. We will definitely be making some cookies to deliver! An hour after he unlocked my car, my boys got home from school. My middle son told me he'd been sick all day and begged me to take him to the doctor. So we loaded everybody up and went to the doctor. Turns out he has tonsillitis. One crisis averted.....on to the next! I was just glad I had a way to get him there. Focus on the positive, right?
When we got home last night, my sickie kid made me this little treasure. It's a napkin holder made out of legos.....how could I not love this? In all the craziness and chaos that is our life, there are these moments. The moments that make me stop and smile. The moments that make me realize how blessed I am. The priceless moments that make it all worthwhile.