I love Pinterest. I love all the ingenious (and sometimes not so ingenious) ideas. I also hate Pinterest because I should be doing all these great ideas, or at least some of them. Why don’t we ever playing outdoor bowling with our old water bottles and glow sticks? I am a failure as a mother. You see where this leads? It’s never good.
I don’t think I did anything that I pinned for Halloween. No giant spiders made of Styrofoam balls, no cookies made with various candy pieces to look like Haunted mansions, no spooky decorations made of pipe cleaners. It was rather anticlimactic and depressing around here.
I’ve decided to get on the ball for Thanksgiving. We made a thankful tree.
The directions I found used butcher paper, but I knew that if I waited to go buy butcher paper, I’d never make the tree. I cut apart paper grocery bags and taped them together in a tree shape. First thing I’m thankful for: God is an artistic God. So, glad he’s in charge of the trees not me. Otherwise all forests would be incredibly spooky looking. Note to self: Next year put up the thankful tree October 1st. It can add to the decor.
Once I taped up the tree trunk and the kids helped me attach the limbs, I cut out leaves from construction paper. Again, glad I’m not in charge of leaves. Knowing how much of a procrastinator I am, I cut out all the leaves for this week today. Our tree is rather unique. It has maple leaves, oak leaves, and hand leaves. I am storing the leaves on my fridge for easy access.
Each of us picked a leaf and wrote what we were most thankful today for. I love what they all picked, completely on their own.
McKayla (not pictured): My family
Marshall: I’m thankful for candy.
Mike: I’m thankful for pets.
Jake: I’m thankful for books.
Me: I’m thankful for a Merciful God.
I can’t wait to see how full this tree looks on Thanksgiving!