And Then I Said, “Yes”

by Stefani on 19-August-2007

My boys have lots of ambitions. They dream of being chefs, video game designers, Krispy Kreme chain owners, running an aquarium, being artists, owning a toy store and being astronauts. They have no intention whatsoever of settling for one, or even two of these things, they want to do them all, all at once. And why not?

Their ambitions are not all so grand though. They also have a long standing desire to use the printer. A desire which I thwart, daily, because really, the ink is so ridiculousy expensive and nothing that they want to print or copy seems worth the expense and effort. One can hardly concede to wasting precious ink on a full color print out of the online coloring they just did of Max and Ruby. Honestly. I think not.

On occasion though, I think it’s a good idea to just say yes, for no other reason than the fact that even I get tired of hearing myself say “no” sometimes. You know what? Let’s throw caution to the wind, ink prices be damned, we’ll just print our little hearts out.

I managed to sneak in a little cleaning project while we were at it though….

“Run and gather up all the little toys on your floor and bring them in here. We’ll make color copies of them.” I tell you, they were never so happy to pick up toys!


It would make a nice record for Ryder’s baby book, don’t you think? “The 101 Choking Hazards That You Managed Somehow to Avoid.”

Of course we had to do our hands too. Thankfully they didn’t think of doing any other body parts (a matter of time, I’m sure).


Well all of this eventually reminded us of Lois Ehlert, and the beautiful creations she made with color copies of leaves in Leaf Man.

So we cut, pasted and drew and came up with this:


But, you know, if you should need a break while pursing your dreams and ambitions, what with all that exhausting photocoping and artistry, you could just roll around on the floor and kick your brother awhile. That’s good for a few laughs too.


Some days, I wonder what on earth I’ve gotten myself into…

… but I mean that in the best possible way 🙂

Sarah August 19, 2007 at 7:49 pm

The toy picture reminds me of the I spy books that Jack is currently in love with.

Do you read Wondertime magazine? I think it was them that did a good article a few months back on the power of saying yes. They had a mom who said nothing but yes for 2 whole days!

mountain mama August 19, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Sounds like you all had a fun day!! I don’t have a problem with the girls wanting to make copies of anything, I just have a problem with RUNNING OUT of copy paper because they swipe them to use for their art projects!!

I am fascinated by the room the boys are playing around in.. Playroom / schoolroom?? Do you sit down with your boys for school or is it “unschooling” for you? (inquiring minds want to know!)

Sarah Jackson August 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Looks like a very good time! Your kids are more mindful than mine. They just print away. But NOT on the good printer, which is off unless Mommy is printing photographs for clients.

And when the boy are ready to open that toy store, let me know. I have plans….

Leigh-Ann August 19, 2007 at 11:37 pm

have i mentioned i LOVE YOU?

i do!

you should take them to Staples…they could make photocopies galore for 7.5 cents a print. heck, sit them on the copier… what little boy doesn’t get a huge kick outta his own butt! I SAID BUTT!
Faces are fun to photocopy too! but maybe not kids because they might want to *look* at the light as it drives by.
I’m totally gonna send them photocopies of stuff when i send your swap package…which is starting to look more like Mini Christmas for your three boys… they’re just too cute not to make/gather a few things for 😉
gotta finish up this photo editing and head to bed. its been a very full weekend.
have a great sleep my friend 🙂

erin August 20, 2007 at 4:56 am

i just realized yesterday that i have been saying no way too much. maybe we are due for some unexpected yes!

Marjorie August 20, 2007 at 8:12 am

I am also always saying no to the printer where my oldest just wants to print coloring pages that she never colors! Maybe it IS time to say yes. Thanks for the inspiration.

Angela August 20, 2007 at 10:21 am

I am amazed, daily by how you always manage to come up with the greatest ideas for impromptu projects…and STILL tie them into a book or educationally-minded topic. You were BORN to be a home-school mom!

Heather August 20, 2007 at 11:59 am

You are simply an inspiration! I love that you combined a chore, with a “yes”, and an art project. It just doesn’t get better than that!

kristin August 20, 2007 at 9:06 pm

OH again. funny…the other day i was alone in a room with a copier and i copied my own hands…i just had to…i’ll need to get my kids in on it next time…thanks for the motivation.

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