Great thread! It's been awhile since I've posted so this one's a good way to dip my toe back in, so-to-speak.
Today, my sister called me this morning and invited us to tag along to the library storytime, so I helped the younger ones get dressed and we headed over. My oldest two boys love to check out DVDs, and they checked out a how-to karate DVD for kids, and one about Journey to the Center of the Earth, and another about Land Before Time (my 6 year old loves those dinosaur ones). I asked the two oldest to choose one book each to check out, and they did. Of course, the 3 year old discovered he was *starving* and wandered around just outside the storytime room door while the oldest finished his craft. Got home in time to make everyone some toast before the hunger meltdowns ensued. (phew!)
But our 3 year old decided then that he *needed* a hamburger! Sooo, my husband came out of his home office and we all decided In-N-Out sounded good for an early lunch as a family. A stop at the hardware store on the way home and then my husband worked on fixing the front gate.
I took a short walk with the two youngest, just up the sidewalk to pick up rocks and wander like little ones like to do, and take time to explain why we don't put rocks in our mouths in suburbia (pesticides), all the while, my toddler daughter carried a giant cup full of rootbeer, very happily taking a sip now and then. My 3 yr old son happily clomped his way home in his biggest brother's sandals, looking at me and telling me how well they fit him (as they slipped off his feet with every step). I just smiled and agreed! Cute little kids.
In the afternoon, I read aloud to the kids the book my 6 yo checked out from the library. Ironically, it was a picture book about a boy who had to think of something else to do besides computer games when the power went out (my kids love their tech!). It was a funny book and had a positive message about playing games and having fun playing pretend.
Lots of nursing for us, reading books to the littles, jumping on the trampoline, and the big boys played on the computer.
My 8 year old and I went through his sight word cards for reading practice and then read two short books together. (He's working on building his reading skills with me)
Nap!!! Yay! I really need one. Our little girl skipped hers however.
Tonight my husband finished up a meeting across town and watched the kids while their cousins were over while I attended a mom's learning circle at my sister's house. I really enjoyed the company and conversation.
Took a few minutes to chat with my husband about the day and then he went back to his home office to get ready for his flight tomorrow to Canada. Husband challenged oldest son to finish his "assignment" of spelling out a word in Lego and then reading it aloud and then drawing a picture of the word. (Legos is open ended at our house; this is a special thing Daddy and he have been doing with each other, to help him build his reading skills)
And now more nursing the littles, tidying messes from the day and doing dishes and switching a load of clean diapers to the dryer.
Wow, all before 11 p.m. That's a good day!