I'm not good with crafts and kids.  The children are, for the most part, deprived.  They have lovely Grandmas that are willing and even eager to clean up after them, so that's where the painting and glitter and glue generally take place.  

I have two friends in Germany.  One of which is my husband. He's away talking to other people about math in California.  My other friend, well, I would like to keep her that way, so I'm not hounding her saying "let us in, let us in!"   I've only showed up unannounced on her doorstep once, actually.  

Disclaimer #2:  I'm not a fan of taking them out in public either. They scream, people look, it's not fun.  Maybe that's why I only have two friends??
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I guess I'll mention (I don't like to brag) that they do have an in-house language instructor come in every afternoon. That I can do.
When pitted against each other, crafting seemed like the lesser evil compared to public shrieking.  I have delved deep into scrapbook mommy territory searching and have come up with a few good ones.  My favourite was this owl print.  Simple, not too messy and pretty enough to hang on the wall.  
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Claudia looks thrilled!
Claudia told Aaron last night that "she didn't miss him that much", so yeah, I'm going to take that as a compliment. Check out Pinterest for similar crafts or to fast forward time. You may get lost in there.  Happy crafting!
mom
24/1/2012 06:15:16 am

I love that you've provided them with an in house language instructor. And she speaks both English and Spanish! Such a good mom you are!

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Tara
24/1/2012 06:23:13 am

And German, sheesh Mom. Why else would we have moved half a world away?

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mom
24/1/2012 06:30:28 am

Dora speaks German????

Tara
24/1/2012 06:38:33 am

I'm sure she does. I thought you meant Eloise.

Chris
24/1/2012 06:21:24 am

I LOVE the owl prints and the hand prints on top give it a perfect touch. I think Charlotte might need one for her room!

good job mama!

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Tara
24/1/2012 06:36:54 am

awww, little baby owl wings! do it!

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Katie
24/1/2012 09:31:18 am

Charlie and I did the owl last week. It looked great, he squealed with delight at the mere thought of fingerpainted owl wings, and then he ruined it by painting over everything with grey paint. And then he insisted we mail it to his Daddy at work. Now there will be proof, hanging above his father's desk, that craft-time isn't easy. I like Weezer's owl the best, you can tell she'll never quite play by the rules. That's why she's my favourite.

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Tara
25/1/2012 01:10:55 am

I love that it's above Peter's desk!
Ellie, rules - yeah it's not going to happen, you're right. At the moment she'll only respond to being called Tuck the Turtle. She's even crawling in public, like a turtle. It's better than screaming, I suppose.

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Tasha
7/2/2012 05:25:00 am

Really love the cratf tara. Congrats, crafts are not as easy as they look with kids... Glad you ladies had fun xoxo

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