Building memories for Mother’s Day |

Building memories for Mother’s Day

by Caryn Haller

Caryn Haller

Kyle Koontz, 7, had a fierce look of concentration on his face as he hammered the first nail into his Mother’s Day gift.

More than 80 children pounded out their creative sides May 4 building planter boxes at Meek’s in Gardnerville.

“It’s fun. I’ve never done this before,” Kyle said. “I’m going to give this to my mom. She’s going to say, ‘Thank you. I love it.’”

Barb Wilson brought her granddaughter, Madeline, to the event that included face painting, a coloring contest, a scavenger hunt and nachos.

“We’re not the best at this, Wilson said holding two of the sides together. “We’re learning. It’s harder than it looks.”

For 10-year-old Madeline, it was her first time using a hammer.

“It’s fun. I’ve never built anything before,” she said. “My mom gets extremely mad at me when I use a glue gun. She’ll be proud I didn’t smash my finger with the hammer.”

Minden resident Bryan Johnson straightened out a crooked nail for his son Aydin to complete his planter box.

“This was a good opportunity to let him use some tools and make a Mother’s Day gift.” Bryan said.

Aydin, 5, was pleased with his craftmanship skills.

“It’s not too tough, but it is a little tough,” Aydin said. “I played with a tiny hammer when I was 3. This really is an improvement from the first one.”

Annabeth Johnson of Gardnerville put her fear of building aside as she helped her two daughters work on their boxes.

“It sounded like fun,” Annabeth said. “Grandpa was just here and they built their Pinewood Derby stuff, but we don’t normally build stuff.”

Just before hitting her thumb with the hammer, Sandia, 11, talked about her derby car.

“I just built my Awana grand prix car,” she said. “It turned out nice. I got first place for design.”

Dave Crossman and his sons, Cooper and Colby, build projects together regularly.

“We wanted to have some fun,” Dave said. “It’s great to be outdoors and do an activity with the kids for mom. We’re always doing little projects.”

Cooper, 7, was confident in his abilities.

“It’s easy. The hammering is easy,” he said. “I like to create stuff.”