the red glitter house that was not embarrassing

Monday, March 28

If you didn't know, your friendly neighborhood craft store is a delightful place to go in lieu of the park on a particularly windy day. Or on any day that you're just really really over going to the park. I took the kids there one afternoon, having no particular agenda, and we took our time roaming up and down the aisles looking at this, oggling that, and deciding that craft stores in general are pretty underrated. On this particular day, we came across these exceptionally good looking cardboard houses. They ranged from very large to very small, and Everett decided immediately that they needed to come home with us. He picked out his very large "brother house", and designated the smallest one as the "sister house". Isla didn't particularly care about owning a cardboard house, but Everett stressed the importance of her having one anyway.
We then ventured a few aisles over to pick out some paint. It was QUITE the deliberation. First he wanted Neon, but then he realized that there wasn't any neon red, so he then picked out a basic paint set that included red, but that was "a little boring", at which point he spotted a glitter paint set, and after we checked out with it, made sure that he was in charge of carrying the glitter red out of the store, into the car and all the way home.
The next day he was altogether too excited to break out his new supplies and get to work on his red glitter house. I asked him if he would like to use any of the other colors in the set, and his response was, "Mama. NO. I didn't get this thing to make it a rainbow house."
My mistake.
While he was working, I monitored Isla's progress. This was obviously an activity not SUPER suited to her age group, but she tends to disagree with anything that says she can't do what her brother is doing.
A little glitter paint here ...
a little glitter paint there ...

Do you like how I'm literally painting her entire house for her? That should about fill my crafting quota for this year.
I left them to their business for a half sec and came back to Isla experimenting with Everett's plate, so straight to the sink we went. My kids are slightly obsessed with washing their hands. The bubbles ... the water ... I mean if I put them next to the sink with nothing but a trickle and a bottle of soap, they could play for hours. Which is why I've always been legitimately happy to use Seventh Generation's hand wash with them. Naturally hypoallergenic, it's made from plant-based cleaning ingredients, leaving those little hands soft but also squeaky clean. And 97% USDA Certified Biobased too - which means no triclosan, dyes or phthalates.
One thing that I will forever and always appreciate is good branding. Seventh Generation's hand wash gives me something pretty to sit on my counter, but is also made from 25% post consumer recycled plastic to boot.  It comes in five scents – Lavender Flower & Mint, Mandarin Orange & Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Cardamom, Black Currant & Rosewater and Free & Clear unscented. These three are my favorites right now!
Mr. Neat and Tidy here, true to form, didn't get a single splotch of paint on him anywhere. But, there he is with those bubbles anyway, which has NOTHING to do with the fact that the bottle is red.
After waiting for his house to dry for a very patient 30 minutes, Everett proudly asked for a picture with the finished product. His thing lately, has been to hang onto a couple of buzzwords at a time, and cycle through them as he sees fit. For this situation, he chose the word, embarrassing. As in, "Mama, this house is really not embarrassing. I love it so much."
And there it is.
I don't know if there will ever be a more quintessential "Everett at four-years-old" photo than this one. That's my boy right there. He tickles me pink.
This post has been in partnership with Seventh Generation, a company we've loved and trusted in our family for years.

* photos shot in borrowed space while we are in a transitional phase. Looking forward to being surrounded by our favorite pieces of home again very soon!

7 comments:

Juliana said...

I just wanted to say that I've been reading your blog since Everett was a baby and it's so sweet to watch your children grow up through this little space on the internet. Your writing is so beautiful, I can't tell you how many times when I read your posts I can feel the love emanating from your words. Wishing you and your lovely family all the best x

Michael D. Richmond said...

Wonderful.... Liked it very much.. I've been reading your blog since Everett was a baby and it's so sweet to watch your babies grow up through this little space....

Annika said...

i love your writing! you seem so authentic and i basically just want to be your bff :)

Geri Egbert said...

Where is this wonderland in which you are living?!! Your kitchen gets ALLLLL the heart eyes!

Kynia said...

just discovered your blog.. and you have the cutest family EVER. also, your writing style is amazing <3 so glad I discovered you!

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Thrudy Regan said...

Love your photos! What camera and lenses do you use for your photos?

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