Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sick on Sunday

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • C is teetering on the edge of a fever, so she's probably going to be staying home from school tomorrow. Because of her illness, we had to cancel our planned showing of Goodbye, Lenin! on Friday night as well as her riding lesson on Saturday morning. She's only got one more riding lesson for this session. C is more positive about riding now, but wishes that it didn't conflict so often with the free Lowes classes for kids that she and D enjoy.
  • There are only three more weeks of school left. I've been avoiding signing up for the various end of the year activities at school that have been choking my email inbox, because 1) we've already fulfilled our mandatory volunteer hours and 2) the kids have been missing a lot of school and I don't like to make commitments that I can't follow through on.
  • This weekend, C has been working on an acrylic painting kit that her grandma gave her some time ago. The company that makes the kits is called SpiceBox, but I wasn't able to find the exact product in their catalogue. You get a wooden palette, brushes, acrylic paint in tubes, a booklet, and several small canvases with pictures sketched on them, as well as a small picture of what the finished product should look like. It's along the lines of paint-by-numbers, but you have to put more thought into color choices and mixing paint. Yesterday C painted a picture of a kitty with a ball of yarn and today she painted a frog on a lily pad. Before I turned C loose with the kit, I gave her a pretty tough exam on the contents of the informational booklet to make sure she understood what she was doing with the paint.
  • C earned the horse stamp set this weekend, as well as a chance to make floats. Following the instructions in our reprint of a 1950s Better Homes and Gardens Jr Cook Book (thanks P!), we mixed grape juice and ginger ale and added a scoop of orange sherbet. That is such a classic 1950s recipe in so many different ways, but the kids liked it.
  • C didn't go to church today, but she has a church sticker chart that she is very eager to fill, so I had her study the scripture readings in her Magnifikids (it's a child's missalette) and demonstrate that she knew and understood the readings. C did very well and particularly liked the reading from Revelations with the description of the heavenly Jerusalem.
  • It's easy to think of the last several days as having consisted of nothing but sick kids at home and too much TV, but now that I write it all out, it seems like a lot of good things have been happening.
  • Grandpa was unable to figure out what happened to that unfortunate heifer.

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