Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Definition: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination:

God has blessed our household with an abundance of creativity and imagination. Within minutes of arriving at our home, one should not be surprised to be greeted with an invitation to come to the playroom for a dramatic performance complete with illustrations (made just for you:), a full tour of our home guided by superman himself, a comedic act with original jokes, or a gift of three-dimensional paper creations. You might also hear some terms around our house that you are unfamiliar with. Here are just a few:

skurches- the marks on the pavement one makes when skidding their bike tires

looks- places in our house where you might find something scary

muspuff- you don't want to be one of these, evidently it's something similar to a goofball

You might also hear about an entire family you never knew existed. An imaginary friend was not enough for Liam, he has had an entire imaginary family for a couple years now. He has a wife named Kate and three kids. Hatch, Pop-up, and Pop-out (because that is how they came out of his tummy when he was pregnant) One of Liam's current aspirations is to create an entire new sport, cloud surfing. He is working through the details of the jet powered cloud board, hopefully a parachute will be mandatory.

The girls are quickly following in their brother's footsteps. They are drawn to art and music and are already trying to be little comedians and story tellers. Klaire makes up her own tunes on the piano and she requires her music book to be open, her special lamp to be on, and an audience. Kallie can sing an original song about anything for a continual 5-10 minutes in the car and I really need to get that on film:)

I would like to conclude this post on creativity with a little writing exercise from Landon. First, let me explain that he writes sentences and scriptures as a consequence to certain behaviors. We started this when he was 5 1/2 and it has proven to be effective:) This past weekend he got very upset over something he accidentally did and then stomped off as I was still speaking to him. So he was assigned:

I will not get angry about accidents. 10x

I will not stomp off when mom is talking. 2x

And this is what he wrote:


I will not get angry about accidents.

I will not get angry about accidents.

I will not get angry about accidents.

I will not get angry birds for my birthday.

I will not get angry bees to sting you.

I will not get angry elephants to smash you.

I will not get angry at anyone.

I will not get angry at the table.

I will not get angry at...................I don't know. Oh yeah! My cup!

I will not get angry at me and you, and you, and you, and you, and you!

And I will not stomp off when mom is chiter-chattering.

And I will not stomp myself.


I couldn't help but laugh while reading it and tell him it was quite funny. Next time he knows he is to write his sentences correctly and save his creative writing for later:)


Brett, April, Caden, Corban & Eden said...

oh Laura, those sentences are awesome! i seriously laughed out loud while reading those. thanks for sharing with us. ;) --april

Jennifer Crow said...

This is GREAT! I love the sentences! Hope you are all doing well...we miss you guys.

Anonymous said...

that's one of those moments you have to turn around so they can't see you laugh. I absolutely love it. Grandma Marnie