If you have not yet seen Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, please stop whatever you’re doing and watch it *now*. It will open your mind and give you reason for pause. I have never been an incredibly gifted creator. I thnk of myself as generally intelligent but I can say for certain that I have more or less lost my creative spark. I also know I have had few (if any) truly creative – e.g., entirely original – ideas in my life. In fact, I would venture to guess that is a fact of life for the majority of the world’s population. I think there may be a reason for this and so does Sir Ken Robinson. In this video from the TED meetings in Monterey (a very interesting annual “thinkers” gathering), Sir Robinson makes profoundly moving case for creating an education system that fosters creativity, rather than “teaching” it out. Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.

I tend to agree with Sir Robinson and am personally working on allowing, and encouraging my kids to continue to create without boundaries for now. If the square is not quite right, who really cares, it’s all creative energy that is building brain power and cognitive ability. The details of correct shapes all the way to art history will become clear over time. For now, let there be ART and make your kids (and yourself) SMART!

Sometimes the holidays seem more work than they are worth but then you wake up Christmas Morning to the sound of little footsteps coming down the hall…everytime I wake to those little feet, excited, prancing in anticipation of what Santa may have brought them, I remember what it is all for and how much fun it was when I was a little kid. Heather and I are so blessed to have these beautiful, happy, and loving children. The holidays will always remind me of this. Happy New Year to everyone!

It happened so fast this year – Christmas is here already and it seems to me just yesterday we were taking pictures at Gracies last Pre-School Christmas sing 12 months ago.

I just wrapped up signing a note from Santa Claus to each of the little ones and the process brought a tear (or two) to my eyes. They just seem to grow up too fast, not waiting one minute for us all to catch up. It reminds me to cherish the moments I do have with them – they are fleeting…

I am finally off to kiss Grace and Jack goodnight. Merry Christmas everyone!

DSC_0064_001.JPGMy little girl (btw – now 50+ pounds and nearly 50 inches tall!) wil be 6 YEARS OLD in March and she lost another tooth last night! She is my inspiration in so many ways. She strives to be the very best at everything she does (except maybe cleaning up 🙂 and she is such an amazing big sister to her little bro, Jackson. They truly do love to be with each other. It is such a precious time…

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