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Pancakes and Painting Party



As part of our co-op’s bi-weekly gatherings, Miss Corrina planned a second, amazing activity for our group.

Our co-op has evolved so much over the last decade as the needs in our group changed with the passing of time. As our children grew out of the early elementary years and into middle school, and then high school, our vision for the co-op evolved as well. We no longer needed the holiday parties and structured classes that were so important when they were little. Last year it was decided we had outgrown the co-op’s original function and now our needs were more social. Last May we retired a part of our life that was such a keystone of our week for so long. Unwilling to walk away from the co-op family that had become such an integral part of our life, we opted to adjust our vision for the group.   Rather than meeting every Wednesday for lessons, we decided to meet every other Friday for a learning/social activity. Each mom signed up for a month. This gave everyone a break for the other 7 months of the school year, while also allowing each mom to get creative and plan two activities built around her family’s interests/and or desires.

It has been a lot of fun seeing the wide variety of activities and field trips planned throughout the year, each one so different than the one before, and each fun and engaging in their own unique way.

Miss Corrina was our March mom. Her first planned outing was a historical tour of Darlington. For her second planned activity she went in a completely different direction with a hands-on art activity.

It was held at our old co-op building and the activity was a painting class taught by Corrina’s sister-in-law who teaches these “ladies’ night out” painting classes professionally.

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When we arrived, the lunchroom was set up with easels, canvases, paint and paint brushes allowing us all to participate as we were guided through the step by step process of painting this sample painting:

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Our group was comprised of elementary students up to grandmothers and everyone had a blast putting on their artist hat and getting creative.

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We were led through the steps in a way that lifted the intimidation of trying to create such a complicated piece of art,

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And everyone had a blast painting while visiting with friends.

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The process took 90 minutes and the end results were as varied as the artists themselves.

It was so much fun seeing everyone’s finished products.

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Our activity concluded with a pancake lunch and play time with friends in the gym before it was time to head back home to get the last of our school assignments done for the week.



Holy COW!



The theme for the evening was COWS…

And, oh, what fun we had with our steers and heifers.

After our fieldtrip on Wednesday we had 24 hours to kill until Molly’s National Honor Society induction ceremony (the real reason we were in the Philadelphia area,) and we were looking for something fun to do that we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do when we have the little boys with us.

So how did we spend our evening, you ask.

We donned painting aprons, sat before canvases, and created cows.

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It was Gracie’s idea, after having had such a fun experience at Painting with a Twist in Exton a few years ago with Miss Lana and Olivia. When we went onto the website to see what painting was being offered for that evenings class, we were sold!

So after dinner we drove over to “Painting with a Twist “where we joined 10 other aspiring artists for a night of creativity.

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Molly and Rusty were a bit nervous, feeling like their artistic skills wouldn’t be up to par with the other students in the class, but Grace and I kept reassuring them that the entire experience was a fun, no-pressure opportunity to be creative with no fear of “messing up.”

The painting classes at Painting With a Twist are run by an instructor who leads the class step by step through the creation of a predetermined painting. In our class we were all painting colorful cows, but had the choice whether to paint steers or heifers.

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Rusty was the only one who picked horns over a flower wreath for his cow’s head.

The class took two hours with the instructor leading us through the steps of creating the cow painting, beginning with the background and ending with the top of the cow’s head.

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It was so much fun.

I loved the creative process, but even more than that I loved watching my children create and gain confidence in their own abilities as their paintings came together.

The end results were charming.

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I loved how we all sat through the same class and yet everyone’s cows were so different and so reflective of the artist.

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We were better than we ever thought we’d be…

Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the artist that lives within:


Mural Club Outing – Part 3 “Painting with a Twist”


After a fun afternoon at Hershey

the fun continued..

We drove back to the hotel where we had dinner in the lobby. On Wednesday evenings the hotel offers a “Manager’s dinner.” They were serving free pizza and drinks for their guests from 5:00-7:00. It worked out perfectly. We enjoyed a free dinner and had enough time to get to our final activity of the day:

Painting With a Twist!

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When we saw this sign down the road from our hotel we decided to go online and check it out. We discovered that they had openings for their Wednesday night class, so we decided to sign up.

When we arrived we were greeted with this sign:


Sounds good! 🙂

We found our seats. Before us lay a white canvas, paints, a glass of water and a small and large brush. We put on painting aprons and prepared to paint.

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Our teacher, Jeffrey, was a great teacher. He led us through the creation of a landscape, one step at a time. He made the process fun and it wasn’t the least bit intimidating.


The class lasted two hours with breaks along the way to allow for the paint to dry between steps.

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It was so much fun! When we finished our paintings we commented on how different each of our finished paintings were. It was fun to see the variety in our paintings when we all sat through the same class.

Everyone did a great job.

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When the class was over we drove back to the hotel where we stayed up late visiting in bed. The girls wanted to play “Truth or Dare.” It turned into a game of “Truth” as they girls took turns asking the moms questions about their teenage years and we reciprocated by asking our girls questions about their hopes and dreams. It was a wonderful way to end…

“The Best Day Ever!”

It made me grateful to have such a special daughter and such wonderful friends.

“Today was a good day to have a GREAT day!”