As you know from yesterday’s post, our family is traveling to Dallas to visit my family of origin for Thanksgiving. No, I am not from Texas, although my whole family lives there now. For better or for worse, I cannot claim Texas as home. I always feel the need to explain that.
Anyway, as I write this, we are taking up residence in row 13, seats D, E, and F – living our lives at 35,000 feet. You should see the amount of toys, snacks, reading materials, and media we have managed to fit into a few carry-on bags. On one hand, it seems ridiculous that we would need so much crap. Shouldn’t we be able to pass the time in simpler ways? On the other hand, to keep our daughter occupied, we pretty much engaged every single item we packed while sitting in traffic just to get to the airport. Short attention spans and squirrels go hand in hand.
Of all the crap stuffed into our bags, I am most excited about the personalized coloring book the Squirrel and I made together.
Every time we go to the dentist, they always have coloring pages printed out from the internet scattered on a small kid’s table surrounded by a bunch of sorry-looking crayons. Squirrel loves it. She actually looks forward to going to the dentist because of it. And, every time we go to the dentist, she wants to take handfuls home with her.
“No, honey. Leave those here so that other kids can color them.”
“But I want them.”
“We can print these out ourselves from our computer at home.”
She held me to it. A couple days ago, in anticipation of needing a lot of crap to do while traveling, we started printing out some coloring pages. First, we visited Crayola, Disney Junior, and Hello Kids so that she could get her fix of all of her favorite pop culture/corporate-licensed characters – Elsa, Belle, Dora, Spiderman, Sofia the First…she is particularly obsessed with Sofia the First these days.
As our collection started to grow, I grabbed a small 3-ring binder and a 3-hole punch.
“Look, Baby. I have a surprise!”
“We can put all of our pages in here and we’ll have our very own coloring book.”
“Great idea Mama!”
After designing our own cover, I felt the need to intervene and insist on some pages that would spark her creativity rather than just reinforce her consumer tendencies (#nojudgment). I found this cute little site that has these adorable animal mandalas. For a girl who needs any and all the help she can get on practicing mindfulness, I made the executive decision to add these to her book as well.
“But, I only want characters from movies!”
“No, honey. You will not only have characters from movies.”
And that brings us to the final pages of this personalized coloring book. Allison, in collaboration with Christy Booth, one of our amazing expressive artists, is in the process of creating a series of coloring books for young children focused on the key social/emotional lessons our daughter is working on everyday. The series is called…wait for it…Go Squirrel!…and, as Allison and Christy finish each book, they make copies of the pages for our own little Squirrel to test out.
“Christy and Mama Allison just finished a couple of Squirrel books. Let’s add those to the end of our book. You can color some and can also share some with your cousins when we get to Texas. What do you think?”
Go Squirrel! is a 10-book series and will be available for purchase on the Go Girls! Camp website in early spring 2016. Until then, we don’t just have to share pages with our cousins. We can share with you too! Here are a couple of Squirrel pages for you to add to all the crap you have collected to help you get through this holiday week.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving and let us know what you think.