We got the girls a little toolbox with a hand drill, 8 oz. claw hammer, nails, and measuring tape and took a trip to Home Depot for wood. They absolutely love starting little holes and hammering nails into their boards. Two or three times a day, Leena asks, “Can we do some mo toolin?”
They feel powerful to be using real tools, not play tools, working with real nails and real wood and a real hammer and a real drill. Leena has already hammered her thumb a few times, but she just keeps on working like a pro carpenter.
Meanwhile, slowly but surely, I’m making headway on a number of projects, including a quilt of the girls’ baby clothes. To keep it simple, I cut uniform squares out of each outfit.
“I remember this one!” Sonya said. “Oh, and this one! Me and Leena wore this!” Then she touched the squares to her face, one by one, to rub in the memory before placing it in the grid.
“These elephant jammies were Leena’s favorite! You remember that Mommy?” Sonya asked.
As winter stretches out for another several weeks, I enjoy our time outdoors skating and sledding and walking through the snow, but I enjoy our time indoors especially, because at heart, despite my love for travel and adventure, I’m really a home body. I like being at home. And this time of year, I enjoy keeping busy with all these projects. Handwork is really important (knitting, sewing, painting, drilling, hammering) while it’s cold outside. We all feel productive and occupied between the meals that anchor our day. Especially while Drex is in California again this week, I feel grateful for my girls and our daily rhythms. Lately, we’ve just been toolin’ around.