Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Picture A Day In December: Norman Rockwell

If I were to be honest, I would have to say 
that I had very specific expectations for this Sunday.

After church and a pancake breakfast (cooked by the men of our parish)
I envisioned the following:
The tree would be decorated, a certain basement would be organized,
and we would all sit happily around the table sharing a pot roast 
along with roasted potatoes as we smelled apple crisp wafting from the oven.

Because of course... I would have found a way 
to use the not so fresh apples in the fruit bowl,
and would never entertain the idea of throwing them in the garbage.

Once again I fell deep into the well... the one known by many as Norman Rock"well".

Instead my house became a duct tape zoo.
I had known this was coming, but figured good o'l Norman 
wouldn't have used duct tape in any of his paintings, and therefore decided to ignore it.

And yes I am breaking my own December rule and using more than one picture today.
Just in case you stickler types were wondering.

Our Middlest and Youngest were very excited about an upcoming fashion show 
being organized at the school.
A Duct Tape Fashion show, highlighting the designs of students 
who wished to try their hand at some sticky tape creations.

I was not looking forward to it.
But they decided to go ahead without my approval.
Friends came, duct tape unrolled, and
creating began.

I was certain this was going to be a train wreck.
How could they possibly do something so difficult.
I was expecting to have to figure it out sometime after midnight,
once the tears of exasperation had dissipated.

But you know what?
I have never been so wrong in my life.
They all worked so patiently and determinedly.
And they amazed me.

So my Sunday wasn't what I had hoped for.
It ended up being so much more.
We still have lots of time to trim the tree,
and I still haven't thrown out my apples.

Norman Rockwell once said,
"I paint life as I would like it to be."

So my painting changed a bit from what I had envisioned this morning,

Instead of roast we had Spaghetti.
My kids spent the day creating, 
with Christmas music playing,
and if I could paint,
I would create a beautiful family scene
with rolls of duct tape strewn across the floor.

I think perhaps?

Norman would have liked it.


PS Youngest's isn't quite finished yet.  You will be seeing it a little later this week.

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  1. Cutest! Love love love the duct tape 50s inspired dress!
    Creative kiddos and a mama who can laugh instead of trying to force something that ain't comin'
    You rock.
    Happy Christmas fun-of the unexpected variety- even better!

  2. Very cool dress and what a perfect day for you :-)

  3. Awwww....just awwwww...

    Those girls.


    Rockwell would have painted duct tape if he was still alive today...especially after reading your blog post today!!

  4. The dress is so cool! I love the flow of this post. The Rockwell quote is perfect for this piece.

  5. The dress turned out bee-you-tee-flee! I love it!!

  6. I love this. Life is all about going with flow. I'm impressed with the girls' creation!

  7. you have prom in Canada? This is a spring formal dance. I foresee duct tape formals in your future. The dress is gorgeous, BTW.

  8. I think you're right. Norman would be pleased!



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