While most of the past few weeks have been spent at home, thanks to a few colds, viruses, and bacteria circling through, we have managed to have some fun.
First, on the 6th, Colsen turned.... Well, I'll let him tell you:
Then last week we celebrated our unit study on Great Britain by cooking up some Fish and Chips!
Very tasty. But the best part was, I discovered a new great way to get the kids to eat more at dinner: Serve it to them in a paper bag! (I remembered that this was similar to the way I was served fish and chips in England, so folded up some brown paper lunch bags.) Rayna not only ate everything, including the vegetables, but asked for more. When we put the "seconds" on a plate, she promptly picked them up and put them in the bag... then ate them.
Then came the big Valentine's Day here!
First we had a party on the 13th for a few friends...
The party was fun for the kids.... but I wasn't so wise with the activities I chose to do! First we played a Bingo-type game... but I forgot to realize that most of the kids wouldn't know their numbers higher than 10. So everytime I called out a number, several of them would hand their cards to me and say, "Do I have that number??" It was mostly a game for me I guess. Then the craft was similar... They ended up having a bunch of small pieces that needed to be glued together, but I (stupidly) only had one bottle of glue. So basically I went around and did 12 crafts by myself. Woo-hoo! And the other game we played entailed having my entire living room torn apart, cushions and all, so that was just great. Way to go Mom! Oh well... they had fun anyway.
Then stealing a play from James and Karin's play-book, we decorated the kids' rooms while they were sleeping,
so they woke up on V-Day to a bunch of hearts hanging from their ceiling... Amidst the planets in Strider's room and the butterflies in Rayna's.
To cap it all off, Strider was in his own blissful world because I came through big with breakfast: A few weeks ago he had mentioned that someday he would LOVE it if he came down for breakfast and there was "homemade granola right here, and a muffin right here. That would just be the BEST." So I made those things for him for Valentine's Day, and it was the highlight of the day. Yay!