Firstly, let me say how much I love your comments!
Pom Pom, Lisa, Cheryl, Ginger, Michael, Amy, Ms. Twinkle Toes, Mari, Claudette, Julie and even crusty old TJIC- you are all such generous readers. Your comments thrill me. I don't write back as often as I should, but please know that you are why I keep writing.
Secondly, brace yourselves. I have now exercised for three days in a row. I am up to fifteen minutes. I also ate a salad for dinner. The next thing you know I 'll be telling you that math is fun.
Thirdly, I thought I would give you a little homeschooling update. It's going so very well. I have no idea why I waited so long.
Rebecca hasn't been this happy in years. She loves writing and I love being able to give her the time and freedom to write. Being able to spend six weeks on multi-digit multiplication instead of two has been very helpful as well. We do not move on to a new concept until she has mastered the old.
Lily, it turns out, loves math. She really is the strangest child I have ever met. She is always looking for patterns and relationships in numbers.
Another benefit of homeschooling is that we could spend a few hours in the middle of the day decorating gingerbread houses.
I have to confess something to you right up front.
I used a glue gun to put them together. I have a strong childhood memory of watching my mother attempt to put a gingerbread house together using frosting. I learned many swear words from her that day as her house kept collapsing.
That is why I used my glue gun. Duct tape would have been all wrong for this project.
After putting the houses (store bought) together, they looked like this.
Rebecca chose to do a big one.
Lily chose a teeny tiny village and was kind enough to let me decorate two of her houses.
There was candy involved in this project.
See those Necco wafers? Completely disgusting. Great for roof shingles though.
My approach to gingerbread house decorating is to keep it simple.
I have to brag about this snowman a little bit.
Isn't he cute?
Rebecca and Lily go for broke when decorating their houses.
I love how Rebecca used candy to create shutters and flowers.
It's so cheery!
Lily added a deck to hers.
The girls collaborated on this one. It includes an ewok bridge and an ewok holding a sling shot.
It was a perfect afternoon. The children were cheerful and polite. There were no wedgies, nor were there any burping contests. There wasn't any whining.