The winter days have been tough for the kids. It has been so bitterly cold that they haven't been able to play outside or really even go outside except quick transfers from the car into a building. Because of this they are stir crazy, picking on each other constantly, and Tom Thumb's antics which are normally slightly erratic have become all day scream fests. My friend Colleen gently reminded me this morning that Red was exactly the same way at age 3, but it's hard to remember that when the volume in our house is at heavy metal concert levels all the time.
This morning I had a brainstorm about how to entertain them --- Mommy Camp! This past summer when Red was at science day camp for a week I tabled housework and Tom Thumb and I did Mommy Camp --- art projects, baking, book reading, eating snacks. It was all fun and no chores. I thought let's do that today! First, we did some coloring, and then I broke out a new 24 pack of Play Doh that we forgot to give them at Christmas. It was indeed like Christmas morning, albeit with a little screaming from Tom Thumb since Red wasn't too keen about sharing the hot pink with him. Tom Thumb made lots of "spaghetti" and "confetti" while Red built a whole fairy village---
She was quite proud of it and attempted to not squish it into the containers when she put it away so she could reassemble it later. We cleaned up, I looked at the clock, and they had been playing for an hour and a half!
Thank goodness for new Play Doh!