We have many varying forms of art in our house – from paper based, to wall based, to face based (makeup by brothers!) and the streaming into footwear art.
Not all of it is a good thing. I will never forget last year when Caitlyn was bursting with excitement to show me her art. She dragged me outside and said “ta-dah” pointing to this –
We suddenly had a 2m ‘canvas’ of various stickers, textas, crayons and coloured pencils. Well played Caitlyn, well played! I did not have the heart to wash it off, and it is still there – all be it somewhat faded. She still smiles when she sees it.
Leads us to the walls inside. They have had a beating over the past 2 years. It has really only been a few times. But usually when a ‘foreigner’ is watching them- so thankfully not very often. They have gotten Granny a few times – run off, been quiet, and have remodeled the wall for me. Lovely hues of red, pinks and yellows (dead give away to who did it!). When Caitlyn worked out she was getting caught because it was always in pink, she decided to do a little wall art in blue in Hayden’s room. Kinda all over his wall really. In blue, to try and blame Brendan. She did not realise that Brendan was actually with me the whole time the ‘art’ occurred and as such, it could not have been him. Nice try though.
Caitlyn and Emma have a love for colours. I still am not sure exactly who is the culprit for this – as the second time they did it they washed their hands afterwards so I could not tell who did it. And they still won’t say who was responsible. I have narrowed it down to the girls. Great detective skills I have hah.
Just a little neon art (thanks to my craft supplies and the convenience of a spray bottle for them!). They did not stop at the wall however. They gave my boots a ‘go’ –
I actually have not tried to remove it. I love my boots – they are older than Hayden, and they are so comfortable. Yep, they need a clean. But they look lovely and neon-y right?
Now the face art. I was, admittedly very surprised when I overheard Hayden volunteer himself to putting on make up for Caitlyn. She has make up from her Hello Kitty Showbag from the EKKA. It is eyeshadow only, so I figured there was not a great deal of harm to be had. They all stepped outside to their cubby house (admittedly, alarm bells were sounding). Hayden came inside some time later absolutely wetting himself laughing. He had done Caitlyn’s makeup – as Elsa as requested, but he had written ‘Idiot’ in eyeshadow in her forehead. Now that is hilarious. By the time I got a photo (she was running all over the place and touching it) it looked less like ‘idiot’ but I could still make it out –
Hayden was in hysterics. Then, it was like a realisation hit him. “Mum, stop her, before she gets to the mirror to check it”. I asked him why – “she will be able to see I wrote idiot” – then I reminded him that she could not read yet. And then, and only then, was he relieved. Which I found even more hilarious!
I cannot wait to see what else they will start doing to each other – all in the name of sibling love. I won’t tolerate blatant cruelty – not that they have ever done it, but sometimes they start to take a joke too far and it is always nipped in the bud. They are just hilarious though. And I often wonder if it is only my four that get into so much mischief. The triplets room has a hole in the wall still from their ‘bridgewalk’ (they go the slats from their bed that were not nailed down and made a bridge) and the slats on their beds are now all nailed down. They still have a 3/4 door separating them from their ward drobe so they cannot get in there and wreak havoc (like throwing all the clothes out, or now that they are older, putting them all on and dressing up at 2am). Hayden’s room still has Caitlyn’s drawing on one spot as he wanted to keep it. Needless to say, we will be repainting next year!
As frustrating and time consuming as the antics of the trio can be, I don’t think I will ever know what it is like to wake up to my two best buddies every day. These guys giggle and talk conspiratorially every morning when they wake up. So many times I have sat at the door and tried to hear them. It is beyond cute. When we go camping Hayden sleeps with them and the four of them do it. We are trying to separate Brendan to go into Hayden’s room as he wants too. But every time we try too, he misses his sisters too much. Guess it is that innate triplet bond.
With the sibling bond of all four there is a ‘don’t dob’ mantra. None of them will turn in the real culprit, unless it is something bad. Even if the threat of no icecream is made, they still won’t. I hope that they continue to be that close when they grow up, I really do. They are quite happy to pick on each other and tease (do not ever do it to them or you will have an almighty wrath!!) but they are fiercely protective of each other (Hayden included). It must be so cool knowing that you have the back up of three behind you! Leads me to the point of always being outnumbered again…ho hum!