Olivia and I decided to start a new Sunday afternoon tradition:
Watercolors and Coffee.
Olivia loves to paint, so I use it to my advantage and space out how often I actually let her do so. If I am certain that something is going to buy me any large length of time to get things done while she’s occupied with something else other than Netflix, you better believe I don’t pull that card out often. On Sunday, I had a huge pile of dishes in the sink, the floor needed to be swept badly, and I really wanted to clean our stove top.
Perfect time to pull out the “Olivia! Let’s paint!” Card.
Except I didn’t do the dishes, the floor, or even the stovetop. Instead, I turned on some music, made us some coffee, and sat across from my favorite girl while we both painted. I have been dying to open the watercolors that we got her for Easter!
Lately it seems we don’t get as much to spend just the two of us. My dad’s been around a lot lately, which I totally don’t mind, but he wasn’t here yesterday so I wanted to take advantage of the one on one time, just me and my daughter.
We painted for a really long time. We stopped for short dance breaks (today our soundtrack was The Naked and Famous Pandora Station), drank our coffee (she gets “chocolate coffee” aka chocolate almond milk or sometimes hot chocolate.), and had little conversations. We practiced our ABC’s (even though she is an absolute PRO), drew pictures of her favorite foods and I learned that her favorite color at the moment is Purple.
I also learned that watercolors is totally her forté, she’s a natural! I was seriously impressed and I can’t wait to frame them and put them in her room (or mine, I haven’t decided yet ;)
Half way through our little paint sesh she walked around the table toward me, gave me a huge kiss and said, “Mama, I love painting with you.”
I love being this girl’s mama. She is so kind, so funny and so very sassy. And even with all the limits and patience she’s been testing lately, I wouldn’t have it any other way.