And now my son gets perks from grandpa's job. What do you do when your sister breaks the brake lever on your totally cool mountain bike and you find out the only way to replace the part is to order it from back east which will take a mazillion dollars that you don't have? You take it to machinist grandpa and say, "Can you make one of these?"
See the silver handle in the picture below? Papa made it by copying the red handle. He did it during work hours in his shop. If he charged hourly wages I'm sure it would have cost Collin three times as much as the shop back east.
My mom makes things too. Not tacky things like crocheted refrigerator butterflies. Cool things that you would buy at rich people baby shops. Look at this coat she made for Ania for Christmas! It's the cutest thing I've ever seen. She even did the quilting on it.
She also sewed these matching dresses for Mia and Ani. Shiny and lacy and pink. The type of dresses that little princesses wear. Very fitting, since Mia is a princess from a lost world waiting to be discovered. You might want to get her autograph before she's famous.
If you ever see a drop of creativity in me or my kids, please know that we get it from my parents.