I should pretend that the children and I made these sailboats for lunch with the intent to incorporate some great historical facts with the present holiday...but the cold hard truth is, I didn't realize today was President's Day until, well, this very moment. Seems I need a bit of work developing my "Homeschool Mama Sonar". ;-)
Corynn had my day planned out for me from the get-go, the little munchkin. As soon as her eyelids parted, she asked if we could make something in the kitchen.
The problem is...we were expecting company this morning (which ended up being a no-show) and Monday's are typically our grocery day. Needless to say, we are starting from BEHIND scratch as far as our pantry goes and didn't have many options. It really sort of stunk too-because rather than wait around for three hours for our company to arrive, we could have DONE our shopping today! Argh.
Anywho... call me a bad Mama, but I just didn't have the motivation to make fullfledged cookies today (even though I always make sure to keep us stockpiled on staples) so I opted for the easy (and interactive) chocolate bark.
The kids got to do some manual labor, they got to hit and smash things up, they sorted all the red M&M's, they practiced self-discipline by not popping into their mouth any non-red M&M (better than I would have done...)
Working on it all weekend long, I finally finished the cleaning, sorting and organizing. I went through EVERY SINGLE BOX and actually whittled the boxes down to about a third of what they had been. When I first began, boxes were lining that WHOLE wall. Now, as can be seen in the photo, the MAMMOTH dollhouse is against the wall and the boxes all squeeze in a corner.
Since the basement serves also as a guest bedroom, we have a featherbed, and airmattress, pillows and blankets galore. Just last week they were piled on top of the already hideous boxes, creating a double eyesore. I didn't quite know WHAT I was going to do with them (I wanted to avoid ANYTHING that appeared messy) until I thought I would make a 'kid couch'. I just piled everything up in one big pile and then covered it with a blanket. Now, the kids are in HEAVEN. WHY? Because this couch is BOUNCE friendly. AND super soft.
All in all~ pretty happy.
Even MORE happy it is DONE.