Creating Memories

12 Jul
One of the things that D loves to do with our boys is creative projects.
He loves to find things that just need a little love to make them like new.
This past weekend they actually started two.

This is a small wooden deck to one side of our backyard.
It is large enough for a few chairs and maybe even a table.

The plan is to sand it down and repair worn places in the wood.
Then they will stain it with a natural finish.

Can you tell how much our little man loved getting to use a sander?
This is the second project they are working on. These are chairs D found and just knew that I would love them. They will be doing the same with these just like the deck – sanding, repairing, and staining.
While they all enjoy doing these projects, the best part is getting to spend that time together. They have the most wonderful conversations, listen to their favorite music, and do a whole lot of laughing together.
They aren’t just creating projects.
They are creating memories.

26 Responses to “Creating Memories”

  1. Shannah @ Just Us Four July 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I think it is so important (and fun!) to get kids involved in crafty projects. It teaches them valuable skills while also providing bonding time.

  2. ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R July 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    That looks like fun and will create a great place for all to enjoy!

  3. Audra Michelle July 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    How fabulous! My boys are finally getting old enough to do projects with Daddy – they LOVE making those memories! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wendy July 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    So very true! Goes for cooking in the kitchen too. A wonderful way to have family time cooking together. Got hungry just looking at the recipes you share on your blog. Can't wait to try a few on my guys!

  5. Wendy July 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    They had great fun together creating a place to have more fun! Love that!

  6. Wendy July 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks Audra! You know Home Depot and Lowes both have FREE crafty Saturday activities that your boys would love. Mine made bookends, birdfeeders, and even a truck once. You can find out the details of when they have those days in your area by checking their website or asking at the store. You can also pick up similar craft projects at WalMart now in the craft section like bird feeders and cars.

  7. Courtney G July 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    So true about creating memories! What fun projects to do together, and then you all get to use them later, so that the memories never fade:)

  8. Shannon Milholland July 13, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    What a sweet way to make memories and make them into men all at the same time! Love it!

  9. Pepper Tan July 13, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    Exactly! More than projects, they're making priceless memories 🙂

  10. Kim July 13, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    So true! I love the pictures we have taken over time of our family working together on projects. There is such a sense of accomplishment, and the kids get to really feel that when they help.Those orbital sanders are nifty, aren't they? The only down side is that if you use them for a long time, the vibration gets really annoying to your hand. 🙂

  11. MrsP July 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Aren't boys great? I have two, too, now grown of course. Thanks so much for joining me at By This Still Hearth.

  12. Wendy July 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Yes! Was just thinking today how sweet it would be to have grandbabies sitting on them and telling them the stories of how grandpa & daddy made it new again!

  13. Wendy July 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks Shannon! D has such a way of making every moment with them a memory. Such an incredible daddy!

  14. Wendy July 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Yes! I look forward to each and every project they work on knowing what a special time they are sharing!

  15. Wendy July 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Yes our boys love to help and their smiles are so big once the projects are finished. I had to laugh at my little man trying to keep control over the sander. Many times we heard "whoops" as it almost got away from him. 🙂

  16. Wendy July 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Yes! Boys are amazing! So blessed to have connected with you! Looking forward to getting to know you!

  17. Mom of A and a July 14, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Thank you so much for visiting! It is so important for kids to work with their hands! And, if they have fun in the process, all the better!!

  18. Lisa Fyfe July 14, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Love it! I can't wait until Rowan is old enough for this kind of bonding. It is so special.

  19. Nikki @ Simplystriving July 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    LOVE IT! So fun! and speaking from experience…yes. memories indeed 🙂 So happy to meet you!

  20. Wendy July 17, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    So very true! Love that the handiwork is being passed down from my hubby to our boys!

  21. Wendy July 17, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Thanks Lisa! Such sweet times for them with Daddy!

  22. Wendy July 17, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Thanks Nikki! So blessed to have met you as well!

  23. Rosilind Jukic August 18, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    These are memories that will last a lifetime. I have similar ones and I often reflect on them now that we are oceans apart. Blessings from Croatia! Thanks for linking up at Mommy Teaches Friday Blog Hop

  24. Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae September 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Nothing makes a boy feel like a man like getting to use the sander! Thanks for linking up with the Parent'hood!

  25. Wendy September 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Rosilind…so sorry I missed your sweet reply. Blessings to you from the US!

  26. Wendy September 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    So very true! Was so glad to find you and connect. Looking forward to getting to know you more. Blessings!

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