I went a little overboard with buying wrapping paper this past Christmas. I stocked up at Dollar Tree, and since all the rolls were a dollar, I went all cray cray and started tossing it into the cart like there was going to be some sort of wrapping paper apocalypse. I actually bought more wrapping paper than I did gifts. Turns out, my wrapping paper hoarding ended up being a blessing in disguise.
Scotty’s got a penchant for drawing on, quite literally, everything. It was only a matter of time before our off-white walls became his blank canvas, so
Scott and I Santa brought Scotty a two-sided drawing
easel…and guess what we’re using in lieu of 11x17-inch drawing paper?
Have you priced large reams of drawing paper? Well, I have, and they’re not cheap. What in the hell goes into making that stuff? Diamonds? Since Scotty’s “artistic method” involves making-two-strokes-on-the-paper-before-asking-for-a-new-a-new-sheet, I very quickly learned that a far more cost effective alternative was for him to use the back side of wrapping paper. If he blows through a roll in an afternoon, no sweat – it was only a buck. If your child doesn’t have an easel, just cover your coffee or kitchen table with the white side of the wrapping paper and let him or her go to town. A sure-fire hit is when I line the coffee table with wrapping paper and then turn Scotty loose with these:
I got these from Walmart for less than four bucks. They’re washable and won’t stain. (Trust me, I know; our hardwood floors have already been put to the test.) They are just as good as the name brand Dot-A-Dot markers, which cost more than double these Paint Dab markers.
And the second gift that keeps on giving – and by “gift,” I mean torment – is…
Plank Challenge Update
Today marks day 18 of my 30-Day Plank Challenge, so, as promised, here is my update:
It hurts. End of update.
Okay, I’ll be serious now. (Although the two sentences above pretty much sum it up.) I’ve learned that “Plank challenge” is basically code for How to make your core tremble in agony. I’ve hit a wall, you guys. This is no longer fun. It was giggles and grins until day 14. As you can see from the photo guide above, I’m now holding the plank for 2.5 minutes. Thankfully, tomorrow, day 19, is a day of rest, but trust me, the bottom is going to fall out very soon. I don’t know how much longer I can do this. I collapse when the timer goes off, and my back is killing me (a sure-fire sign that I need this exercise more than ever because I have next to nothing in the way of core strength.) Sigh. But I’ll find a way to soldier through this.