Chen May Yee swapped life as a foreign correspondent in Asia for domesticity in Minneapolis, where she lives with preschooler Maya, kindergartener Zoe and husband Chris, a stay-at-home dad. She writes about healthcare at the Star Tribune and hankers after warmer climates.

Kay Krhin makes daily attempts to balance doing more with less and less with more at work and home, more or less. She is married to multi-faceted modern man Peter and is a slightly seasoned mother to preschooler Ben and toddler Vivian.

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Snowflaked out

Posted by: Kay Krhin under Family activities Updated: January 8, 2011 - 2:33 PM


My blog post yesterday consisted of me trying to figure out how to let go and figure out our life design for the school year next year. 

Well,  I have a solution.  I think I may need to join him and go back to kindergarten myself.

Why? Because, I couldn't for the life of me remember how to make a simple  paper snowflake. 

You see it was snow  week at pre-school and Ben  brought home a lovely  snowflake. 

I said  "Hey let's make some more." 

It simply involved paper, some  folding and scissors.  Right?  Well, right.

So why did I keep creating one disastrously ugly rectangular snowflake after another?

Ben tried to explain it to me and even tried to draw a step by step diagram in crayon for me.  

I still didn't follow.

I must have made hundreds of these when I was a kid. What was I doing wrong? 

I gave up and  finally ran to the internet - of course. 

I realized my problem - the key is you need SQUARE paper not 8.5x11 and there are triangle folds involved.

Here is the post. I found with a helpful video and it all came rushing back to me. 

Curbly: How to make picture-perfect snowflakes. 

(Actually there are a lot of good craft ideas at that site.  Great for cold days like today)

But it makes me wonder, what  else am I going to forget and have to re-learn for this whole parenting gig ? 


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