Simple Props and Imagination

Last-minute cuddling

Last-minute cuddling

Today has been a day for getting in some last-minute cuddle time with Daddy before he heads off on a business trip.  We still had time for fun and games, though.

Baby Baby

Baby Baby

Baby Baby had a prominent role today.  She watched with interest in the morning as Nana set up the “Nana Beauty Shop” to do Sweet Pea’s hair before school.  I’ll tell you, it’s a lot easier to do hair when the customer is standing or sitting still.  Getting pigtails undone and then redone on the fly can be a challenge.  Luckily, all the stuffed kitties wanted hairdos, too, so I was able to bribe my wiggling girl with offers to groom each kitty after we finished her own hairdo.

Building Houses

Building Houses

 

Little Spud brought out the blocks and built houses while I held my breath as his sister would walk closer and closer to his towers.  I kept expecting any moment that she’d give it a nudge and we’d be in World War III.  Luckily, that didn’t happen.

It’s always amazing to me how the simplest things can turn into a fun game.  We played “Snake Island” today with Nana providing the “Nana Bridge” that the stuffed animals walked over to the island (courtesy of my feet resting up on the large ottoman, which also doubled as Snake Island.  We built houses and tunnels with the pillows on the couch and the animals went from “room to room” until an earthquake (courtesy of Nana and Spud) knocked everything down.  We played “Dancing Phalanges,” jumping around the room with the animals as we danced with their little feet and hands waving.

 

Loading the Ark

Loading the Ark

Even the venerable Baptist Hymnal was commandeered to become a boat which Spud meticulously loaded up with animals and little people.  It was amazing how many he was able to put on it.

Sailing Along

Sailing Along

The animals were sailing along nicely until Spud tried to fit one more animal on the hymnal and one of the other animals fell off.  Oh, oh…that was NOT in the plan.

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Suddenly the game changed.  Spud began knocking each animal and person off the hymnal, one by one.  Whack, a dinosaur would go flying.  Bam, there went Smurfette.  Pow, off went the seal.  Time for another game.

Showtime, Nana!

Showtime, Nana!

Tonight, the children wanted to put on a show.  Oh, my…that is music to a drama major’s ears.  You don’t have to ask me twice to put on a show.  We sold tickets to the animals and lined them up on the couch.  We danced, we sang, and we even did some “hip, hip hurray’s” before we led the audience in vigorous clapping.  Nana showed the kidlets how to do a proper bow and then we sang, “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu” and it was time for bath and bed.

That leaves me with just enough energy to do some blogging and then this tired thespian is heading to bed with her Kindle.  Hopefully the mosquitos will NOT find my room tonight.

 

 

 

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