Over the weekend, I surprised my kids with a shaving cream fight. To celebrate a good summer.
The kids started like this (see below). And for some reason I thought this is how they would look the whole "fight". And I would get artistic, playful, super fun pictures of my kids covered in a dusting of "snow". The shaving cream would land in all the right spots. I am such an artsy romantic.
It took all of 5 minutes before the kids were big white blobs with every inch of their bodies covered. You could not even see their eyes there was so much shaving cream.
I did make a ground rule that you could only shoot below the nose. And on the little ones, you had to shoot below the neck. Looks like Anna paid attention and still had fun.
But just in case you do not have some rule followers, expect this:
And actions of brotherly love like this:
And if you do try this at home, make sure you do not buy menthol shaving cream because even though you say spray below the eyes, your kids will look like this:
It's best to have a towel on hand. This artsy romantic did not think of that.
Fortunately, my girlfriend who let me use her big backyard did think of a towel. She even let her little ones participate in this crazy idea even though she was convinced someone was gonna get it in their eyes and go forever blind. I have a good girlfriend.
I think the below picture just might be our Chirstmas card for this year. It is so my kids. David paying no mind to me or the fact that I am taking a picture. David just wanting to "shoot" his brother. Daniel experiencing something new, yet again (for those of you who do not know, Daniel just came home from Ethiopia a year ago). Anna and J, such good buddies. And my girly girl Brooke posing like a supermodel. So them. I love them so much.
Perhaps you want to head out to Walmart today and get some cans of Barbasol? Surprise the kids with a first day back to school celebration? Or save the cans for Friday and have a family fight celebrating the end of the week?
I am sure you will create a memory the kids will not forget.
I was reminded of this idea by one of my favorite blogs, Whatever. Meg's post over at Whatever reminded me that Rob and I once hosted a shaving cream fight at a retreat for the small church we used to attend years ago. (some people thought it was so cool and eagerly jumped in, others thought, well, other things). Anna's entire eigth grade had a shaving cream fight on the last day of school. And Anna was the only one who had a can that shot really far. Here's the secret:
The key to a good "fight" is prepping the cans.
Step 1: Stick a straight pin into the nozzle of the shaving cream. Make sure you use a straight pin without a ball on the end cause those little balls will catch on fire. And fire is involved in Step 2 (much to the delight of my teenage boy).
Srap 2: Melt the nozzle of the shaving cream can so it shrinks around the pin. You are wanting just a little pin hole in the nozzle so the shaving cream will shoot far.
So melt the plastic around the pin.
Step 3: Before the plastic totally hardens, use a fork to straighten the pin so that the shaving cream will shoot straight. My husband was the one who taught my kids this. Tells you something about his tween and teen years, eh?
Step 4: Once the plastic hardens, pull out the pin and then go create some super fun for your kiddos. It's a perfect activity for those of us with a wide range of kid ages or for all the neighborhood kids or for a bday party or I still think, a church retreat. Let me know if you surprise the kiddos in your life.