...and they all lived happily ever after...

...and they all lived happily ever after...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watching DeMoux's Grow

There is a spot on the wall in our basement where the kids like to measure how tall they are and mark it with a pen.  I haven't always loved this (that's the type A uber tidy side of me speaking).  The other day while cleaning smears off basement walls (sigh) I accidentally wiped off several of our measured marks which had been done in pencil (no one told me we were using pencil for this).  I felt bad that someone's growth had been erased so I decided to fix the problem and make it so my wall wouldn't continue to be molested by growing children as well.
 
I trundled over the Lowes and bought a cheap pine board, brought it home, and made a growth chart.
 
It looks like this...
 
 
(I originally painted it red and then I remembered, "Oh yea, I dont' like red very much."  So then I painted it blue and now I like it better.)
 
Josh anchored it to the wall for me (no, really, so that my mess of children can't easily rip it from its place because they have a tendency to do things like that and them come to me blaming each other for it...sigh again).
 
When they got home from school, I measured each little sprite and wrote down their name and date on our new chart.  They were pretty excited to also be able to see the number affiliated with their tallness (who knew that bit would be a hit).
 
Pretend like I hadn't just touched up a couple of spots with paint, now that those bits have dried it all looks the same instead of all splotchy and weird like in this picture.
It was a fun little project, pretty easy to throw together and I think it will be really fun for the kids as they grow.  We had a spot in my house growing up where my mom let us measure our growth all over the wall and it was always a hit.  Our friends and acquantances all lined up to jot down their height and it is still there today.  Even when redoing the room my mom refused to let anyone paint over those marks.  That's sort of what I'm aiming for here.  I think it will be fun to keep a running tally of the kids growth.

2 comments:

The Whitmer's said...

Yeah, if I had been smart I would have done that for mom but I'm not. It is still fun to look at how small some people still are and how tall others have become. Really nice addition.

jess said...

What a great idea. I need something like that so I could take it with us no matter where we move to.

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