I opened my door today.

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And found this.

Its from Kara and Mike and Riley.

Friends from Kansas.  We see them once or twice a year.

I almost started crying when I opened the gift.

Because not only had our sweet friends considered a gift for us that they knew I would appreciate, they created something that my whole family could enjoy.

Could even learn from.

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Seven huge pages of magnificent creativity.

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(we received it on September 11th)

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It was page after page after page of inspiration, originality, resourcefulness, artfulness, and workmanship.

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My kids could not contain their excitement as they begged me to let them color. 

I knew I could get them to clean their room (the way I wanted it cleaned) or unload the dishwasher or even fold clothes if I offered the new life size learning coloring pages as a reward… but I couldn't.

See… I wanted to color on them too!

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I colored the flag.  Which Colton later informed me that I should not have done as it is his flag and he did not want red on it. 

Live and learn.

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This little bucket saw lots of action today.  

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Colton's mind almost couldn't comprehend all of the coloring opportunities he had… a robot and a firetruck and a frog?  All on the same page?  It was four year old bliss.

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Parker had fun stabbing big crayons with toothpicks.

To Kara…

…today I felt

special

grateful

surprised

blessed.

This moment in time

that you grabbed and dedicated

to me, to them… to our joy…

   

  

feels priceless.

Thank you.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. That is a super fun excellent idea! I may have to make some things like those! We have a printer that can print 11×17 paper as well, hmmm, now my head is swimming with ideas!

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