Friday, May 30, 2008

Paint, Paint Every Where, Even In My Hair

This is what I was busy doing all day yesterday (Well, after having my regular pack of amazingly energetic boys over for preK/K class, that is.):


The lighthouse was the last one and I just barely finished it at 11:45pm. Notice my quick finish with the yellow paper? (and before any of you say I'm amazing or any such wonderful niceness, I should say that my house is completely trashed right now. It is 12:16am and I'm doing laundry so I will have something to wear tomorrow. And my kids have been pretty much ignored all day.) I painted these wall murals on strips of butcher paper taped together for an activity we are having at church today. In our church there is a program for girls (and boys too, but separately) ages 8-12 called The Faith In God Award. And there is a group called Activity Days where the girls get together and work on their Faith In God Award requirements together as a group. Cookie has been in this group for almost 2 years now and has loved every minute of it. Last night and all day today they are having Activity Days Girl camp, where groups from all over the area are coming together to participate in workshops and activities to pass off even more goals. This year the primary presidency (3 people who run the children's program at our church), of which I am the secretary, has been asked to teach one of the workshops. The camp's theme is something about boats and our workshop is called "Staying Afloat" and focuses on teaching the girls how to overcome emergency or tough situations that will tempt them even after they have decided to choose the right. So, I painted a lighthouse that shows our desired destination (to return to our Father in Heaven), a life saver (we are going to talk about setting up support lines that can help get us out of tricky situations), and a tempting Peer Pressure Island (It looks fun but it is a small island and will get you nowhere. Better to stay on the boat and continue on your journey.). The other things that will be in our room are oars (the goals and actions we make to propel us forward), life jackets (our testimony which can save us if we fall off the boat ), and a picture of Christ (our captain).

I'm excited to see how this all turns out. Luckily all I had to do was paint, and that was fun. It is up to the other gals in the presidency to get the point across.

Hope you are all enjoying a warm, sunny, fun weekend. See you back here on Monday.

28 comments:

Manager Mom said...

dang...you're a good artist! pretty much everything I try to draw winds up looking like a mutated cow...

Jeanette said...

Even if your house is a mess and the kids ignored, I still think I should say nice things like you are amazing because I have zero artistic abilities. Very impressive. And hey! I have not been painting all day and I still don't have any clean clothes. :-)
Hope the activity goes/went well.

Cheri said...

I love peer pressure island. And all this teaching the Bible through metaphor is awesome.

Becks said...

You are so incredibly cute. Love it!

Laurie said...

I heard about your incredible blog through Scribbit. And you judged the last writing contest. Ice cream is a great comfort food, no doubt. I live part of the year in Honduras, and I like to try different brands here. I think some are better than others because they have a fresher taste. It's a small country so I think the ice cream gets to market quicker. Nothing beats fresh vanilla and caramel from Dos Pinos. Come and try it.

Amber M. said...

You're one talented lady!

I saw you over on Scribbit yesterday...whoo-hoo!

Rachel said...

What a great idea for primary kids!

Cocoa said...

I want to know why our stake doesn't put on a an Activity Day Girls Camp. {{pouting}} Good luck with your activity today. The murals look fabulous!

Annie said...

Awesome murals! I think our ward primary should do a day camp this summer. We have a small ward, but a dozen extremely active and amazing girls (my daughter included, of course). Thanks for the descriptions.

Lisa said...

You have amazing talent!! I love the theme/ideas, too. I'm in the primary presidency and we are planning our activity for the summer in two weeks. It is a trip to different countries to remind us we are all Children of God, which is the theme this year. I am going to write down your activity and tuck it away. I love it!! :)

Michal said...

nice job. i couldn't do that in a million years. okay, maybe if i practiced for a million years i could pull it off. but not in this lifetime.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

great artistic output...though the process may have been painful.

all the best about your upcoming event (read about the June delivery in Scribbit).

P.S: the funnel is a cool idea....

Richelle said...

Those are great pictures. Didn't know you were an artist. :) Sounds like a fun activity!

An Ordinary Mom said...

The theme of this activity sounds perfect. I am sure the girls will love it.

My artistic ability is non-existent. My older brother stole all the art genes in the family :) !! Lovely paintings!

Sea Star said...

I am the primary sec. too. I love that I get the artistic background jobs and not the main show. I am so much better at the behind the scenes work. It sounds like a really fun activity. I hope it goes over as well as you planned. Those girls are going to love it!

Leslie said...

Of course somethings had to be neglected...but WOW on the result. Do you want to come and be our Primary Secretary?

nikki8 said...

I've been lurking on your blog a little bit lately but I had to comment on this one. I love the theme and the lessons! What a great way to get those points across. I hope it goes well. And I am impressed with your skill. Much better than what I could do. :)

Amber M. said...

Lizzy, you won my giveaway!

CC said...

I just gave you an award!

Shannon said...

I heard a saying once "Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk while it's still snowing." It's so true ( :

And, I'm with manager mom on the drawing comment. My husband is the artist in our family and let's just say it's a very good thing- because otherwise the kids' school projects would be downright humiliating if I had to help!

Amber said...

Sweetie, you put my artistic attempts to shame. Those are adorable!

Fortunately, Hadley is still impressed with my drawings because I am one step above stick figures. :-)

MiaKatia said...

That sounds like a fantastic activity! If I am ever called to the Activity Days I am totally going to steal your ideas :) Hope the girls enjoyed the activity and appreciated all the hard work the leaders put into it.

Kim said...

What wonderful lessons to teach the girls and in such a fun way! Your murals are amazing. Great job! and i think it's okay to ignore the housework for such a good project like this. ;)

Kim @ TheBitterBall

Sonja said...

You ARE amazing and other such niceness. LOOOVE the murals. :)

I wish I were an achievement day girl going to your camp because it sounds like so much fun.

Also, I wish I were your neighbor, then I'd come over and help you fold your laundry!

just jamie said...

Saint Lizzy!

Prudy said...

Wow- you are good! I could totally relate about ignoring the kids all day. Everytime I need to something for my calling, the kids are on their own. I taught a cheesecake class last night to the Laurels and my kids didn't even get dinner till 9PM.

perilloparodies said...

What a great job!!!

Amy said...

You are so talented! I love these!