Friday, September 12, 2008

Campfire night

Jeff has recently mentioned that he wanted to do a campfire night on Thursdays with the kids before bed. He reminded me yesterday that if he was going to do it he needed a campfire. I guess I get to use my creative genius to construct a campfire....
The hardest part was figuring out what craft materials I had that could end up looking like a campfire. I was stumped. Then after quiet time I had the amazing idea to use sticks from our willow tree (there are so many in the yard). Talmage was great at collecting them for me! I know who would've thought to use sticks for a campfire!?!?

Here are the kids enjoying watching me construct the campfire. Did I know what I was doing? No. Did I do it anyway? Yes. I think it sort of looks like a camp fire. The point is that they can put a flashlight in it and feel like it's a camp fire. Making it in the box was the only way I could think it would last a while. I hope it holds up.



Still you must be thinking that it really doesn't look like a camp fire. I agree. At least the kids have a good imagination and Jeff isn't very picky either.


Here is a picture of the kids in their room with Daddy sitting around the campfire. (Talmage is just out of the photo). You can see how the flashlight is propped and where the kids are sitting etc. Once the flash on the camera is off it really does give a whole different feel!


Can you tell Jeff is holding Grant and Sandra is peeking at the fire? I know hard to see, but that's why we have the picture comparison. I think it turned out well when there's a flashlight turned on inside :).

The best part of this story is that Daddy spent some great time with the kids. They each shared their name, their favorite number, color, and animal (s). I even heard Talmage share a story. Then Jeff talked to them about a principle... if you are prepared you won't fear. He related it to Talmage getting ready for his talk on Sunday in primary or when Grant gets to pray in primary. What a great time. I was even able to put Mhari down for bed without wondering what my other 3 kids are up to. I love that Jeff is trying to find ways to spend quality time with the kids, especially with his limited schedule!

5 comments:

randivon said...

Oh that is wonderful! What a great Daddy kiddo time idea. And way to go on the campfire... it turned out just like a campfire. :-)

Jaime J. said...

Your campfire looks great. What a creative idea, and a nice way to hold onto your kids attention.

Amber Joy said...

What an imaginitive way to have night storytime with Daddy. And, with the lights off, it really looks cool. You should buy those battery powered flickering t-lights to put at the bottom.

samantha said...

Awesome job Sharla, good creativity. It looks just like it and must be so fun for the kids!

Ryan, Alli & Crew said...

Nice work Sharla! It is so fun to find people with this blog dealy, I'm adding you our list. It is crazy to see your kids actually being big! Talmage playing chess?! He is only 3 years old!! Well, he was at least. You all look good and busy, I guess we're all busy these days. . .