Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Crafty Helper

little helper
On Sunday Eli and I counted all the granny circles I've made over the past year (yea a year haha, not a year straight but still a year). We came up with 2 different totals haha! I multiplied and he counted them ALL. Oh well, we know there's over 100, which is crazy! I like that Eli shows an interest in my crafts, I like that they aren't too "girlie" for him. My Nanny always talks about how my dad was crafty growing up- just look here! So I hope I can do the same with Eli! I don't want him to have the gender basis that some kids learn, I want him to know he can do anything - same goes for my future kiddos!
Crocheted Circles
What are your feelings on this? Don't get me wrong I'd love to be a stay at home mama if we are able to when we have kids, but I grew up in a home where my mom had an awesome career (my dad too-just at night at the newspaper) so my dad picked us up everyday from school. My dad cooked and did the grocery shopping, only because he preferred to- my mom has a few recipes she makes on special occasions! ;) They were a team, there was no stereotypical gender roles. I remember my first trip to the gynecologist was with my dad - poor guy haha! My mom was up at dawn with us at swim meets, cheering for us at the edge of the pool and filled in as our coach a bunch of times! I hope I can approach family life the same way - I'm gonna give it a try! ;)
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Jenn said...

First off, those are such lovely circles! I would so love to sit and go through them all!
My hubby and I decided I would be a stay at home mum and take care of things while homeschooling the future kiddles.
No matter what gender my kids are though, they're going to know how to cook, clean, and do crafts. :)

O. said...

Holy Moly that is a lot of circles!!!
My dad did pretty much everything. Including training bras and periods. I put him through hell for a while there but he stuck by me and loved me no matter what. I would love to stay home if I had another babe but I will most likely work and hope to share family responsibilities without gender restraints. I am pretty sure I will always be the handy one working with the power tools to fix things around here.

misslarissabree said...

This post makes me feel so happy. Non specific gender roles are something so important to me, there are that many people who get so weirded out. But this world puts so much pressure on people to be one or another!

This is the cutest ever you guys have a super cute relationship, excited for when you have kids :)

Michele said...

Nothing wrong with dad picking up kids or cooking. :) My guy has been known to make some delicious meals.

These are all so beautiful! Are they going to be stitched together?

Leminh said...

Love the eclectic array of colors in your circles. I can stare at them all day! I think it's all about balance for the particular couple. Personally, I would like to work part time and be at home part time. I think this would be the perfect balance for me to be able to have a life outside the home, but have enough time and emotional energy left over to be fully present at home.

Mags said...

It was a match made in heaven and worked for us! You guys were always with one of us..."calm daddy" or "crazy mommy"!

I love you Beck! Someday soon, you will find your own calm and crazy heaven!


chelseybell. said...

i think it's great that you want eli and any other future kiddos to have an open view of gender roles--it's the 2010's for pete's sake! kids should be able to be and do whatever they want to and not have to worry about the gender their activity usually falls under. go little crafty guys and little tough girls!

and your granny circles are perfect--I love all of the colors!

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The Krafty Cupcake said...

Your crochet circles are beautiful! I see nothing wrong in teaching boys as well as the girls sewing, crochet etc., I have 3 children (1 girl(22) & 2 boys (17 & 20) and they all have learnt to do cross stitch and many other types of 'girl' orientated crafts. It does benefit them in later life and does impress the ladies....!! Sue x

Velma said...

love the circles and can't wait to see them all together! I love when my kids want to join in my crafts. My son really wants to learn to sew. We made one of his drawings into a felt monster once!

Windsor Grace said...

What are you going to do with all of those?

Amber said...

Oh this post makes me smile for so many reasons:
1. Eli is too cute!!
2. Those circles are amazing
3. I love that your dad is crafty and Eli/Brian are so interested in what you do:) My dad has always been very involved when it comes to my mom and I's crafts. On craft nights he always checks in to see what we are working on and asks questions. Poot is the same way. He always is curious to see how far along I am on a certain project, etc.
4. I think you are such a good mom to Eli!! He is one lucky boy!!

heather dawn said...

becky! those granny circles! I can't wait to see what you do with those!

my dad was the first to take me to the GN too!! although I think my parents did have more gender based roles, Robin and I don't! He's the one who is so much better about cleaning and laundry than I am, but I cook and sometimes we cook together. I think that if you can be a stayathomemom then thats amazing, but if you want a career & can have one then that is too! there is no right or wrong way when it comes down to it! You're family is awesome & I'm sure raised you right, so I'm sure you will do a mighty fine job of raising future becky's & brian's! not to mention that you're still a kid at heart & that is really important!! ;)

Courtney said...

Oh Becky...is there anything more beautiful then your photos of circle after colorful circle? I'm thinking no. I can't wait to see what you do to them eventually. So lovely. Are they all made from the same yarn company?