My children were as busy as worker bees in 2016. Grand imagination and poor engineering abounded. I’ve examined the photographic evidence and selected their top three “projects” of 2016. Points were awarded for inventive use of materials, realism, and tape quantity. In no particular order, I give you:
Do you notice anything about this sign?
Perhaps that the children misspelled their own last name? They had been on summer break for one day at this point. Summer slide is real, people.
You can imagine my delight that they brought their pillows outside, laid them in the yard, and left them there all day. Please note the tape dispenser in the middle of the photo—only the Goesch children would deem this a necessary camp supply.
For your ease in viewing, I have circled the element I found most innovative—a “camp fire” made of wood from Rick’s work room and red ribbon. For brevity’s sake, I will leave the “registration desk” and “snack table” to your imagination.
In their room, my twins constructed a multi-exhibit zoo. They did this without the help of their older sister. Behold, the students have surpassed the master! They took over all the open floor space for this
This is the hippo enclosure. The blue suitcase is meant to be a waterfall and the blue towels, a river. Please note the green fence constructed with a dis-assembled American Girl bed. Books are playing the role they always play in Goetsch creations (hint: not literacy). Why hippos need chapstick, I cannot say.
Look, Mom, our zoo has a train with a track! Barbie can ride the train car in a loop and up a hill over another exhibit!
Of course, no zoo would be complete without an Ewok exhibit. Note the plant they have kindly provided the Ewok for his sustenance. I will not bore you with pictures of the penguin, bear, or koala habitats, but you can assume they were equally
challenging to my nerves thorough.
The girls constructed a multi-faceted “spa boutique.”
Patrons can browse all the clothing that has been so helpfully taped to the wall. Styles are varied but consistently skimpy. To purchase an item, simply approach Barbie seated behind
wood, again from Rick’s work room the desk.
Spa services are also provided. After getting a shampoo and style, dryers are available.
Please also note the dressing room in the corner.
Parking outside the spa is ample. I can only assume that tape-clad Barbie is seated in the parking lot because she is saving a parking space for a friend. As for tape-clad Ken, he may have received too many spa services and become a tad overly relaxed.
In our home, 2016 was ripe with
tape creativity and odd lumber innovation. What could 2017 hold? I dare not imagine. No, really.
©Laura Goetsch and Thinking About Such Things, 2017