Thursday, August 19, 2010

...is it in their genes?

Yesterday, I spent the day with two of my favourite little people in the whole world.  I picked them up early in the day and we went out for hot chocolates and croissants (a latte for me).  Next stop, the bookstore.  Having all found something we could cozy up with on a hammock, we made our way out to 'the country'.

In spite of it being a beautiful day, the girls wanted to paint like Nana (moi) in Nana's studio.  In a few hours, they had each produced 3 pieces of artwork.  Their mother would soon arrive to join us for supper and to take them home. 


We had discussed the option of a sleepover and DH and I teased that they could  sleep outside in the 'treehouse' (above).  The 7 year old retorted that the spiderwebs would have to be cleared out before she would consider sleeping there.  Kids are so demanding these days.  As my daughter and I prepared supper, we noticed something strange going on in the treehouse.


Can you tell what they are doing?  Yes, they are scrubbing down the treehouse.  Buckets, brushes and rags are being used to scrub every piece of wood their little hands can reach.  (These photos are a little blurry because I took them through the kitchen window.  The girls are still in their painting-in-the-studio gear.)


DH had previously told them that he wanted to paint the treehouse this summer, but would have to wash it down before applying paint.  He never suggested they should be the ones to wash it down!  Were they cleaning it to help him, or because they wanted to sleep there overnight?  We weren't sure.  None of us had asked them to scrub the treehouse.  In fact, the idea would never have occurred to any of us!  Imagine living all these years without having scrubbed down the treehouse.


All hard-working women need a break from their labours.  Now they realize that we had been watching them cleaning - they seem both proud and a little self-conscious.  They revealed they did not want to sleep over in the treehouse, they simply thought it required a good cleaning!  Alrighty then ... how about doing the house next?


Back to work.  Even the floor was washed.  Do I have amazing granddaughters, or what?!!!!!



17 comments:

  1. What beautiful and industrious granddaughters! Taking the initiative and cleaning the tree house was a very mature way to spend the afternoon. Did you find out what the motive was?

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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  2. So, did they sleep in the treehouse? Oh, and for the record, I want a treehouse too. Can I go sleep in yours?

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  3. wow. i need to find me some little cleaners...smiles. so can we see what their art looked like? i love doing art with kids...they have amazing imaginations!

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  4. Julie: Thanks - They just felt like cleaning. Once they washed the floor of our big double garage. They did not spend the night - they wanted to go home with their Mom.

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  5. Jazz: Clean or not, they chose to go home. But you are welcome to play in the treehouse whenever you like!

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  6. Brian: Drat, I knew you would ask. I really don't want to show their art (it's better than mine).

    I would need to get their permission before I do that. I am probably already in trouble for posting these photographs! Don't tell anyone!

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  7. Kids are mysteries. My grandson always want to clean up and organize my studio and craft room for me. Usually I let him. He never cares for where I put things though. He'll pick something up and ask me where it goes. It goes right where it was!

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  8. Delightful- Nana's house will be the best memory maker of all! Lucky little girls, I would say and clearly good parenting. Beautiful touching post, Bonnie. I am feeling sentimental over it.

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  9. I love the tree house!
    How sweet of them to be cleaning!
    I am trying to instill this in my girls, but it is quite the challenge!

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  10. How sweet is this? And what lucky granddaughters to have grandparents with a tree house and a studio!! Ahhh, the joys of youth, energy and lots of love :)

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  11. You have such a wonderful family, Bonnie. Your home always seems to be surrounded by as much love as beauty. The photos really capture the essence of your joy with the girls.

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  12. Yes..yes you do!! Amazing and wonderful!!! It looks like you had a wonderful day together...as their Grandma is wonderful..it must be in the genes!!! Hugs hon, Sarah

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  13. Lovely granddaughters, Bonnie! I remember them from your daughter's beautiful wedding. Kids will do most anything to get to 'play' in water, even work at cleaning a treehouse! Alivia offers to do my dishes, sometimes!

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  14. Such sweet young girls. They surprise us, don't they? We think they aren't paying attention sometimes and then overnight they decide to clean the tree house on their own accord without being asked or told. I love these little milestones. Thanks for sharing these precious ones with us, how fun to have you as a Nana :)

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  15. bonnie i am always so grateful - and absolutely gobsmacked - when my children step up and do something involving a considerable amount of work . . . without being asked! lucky you!!! steven

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  16. I will not complain about the next generation now. Necessity is the mother of invention . . . and cleaning!

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  17. In their genes to be artistic, clean and toil? How wonderful to have grand children at that age.

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