Aaand, we're back.
I think I might have just about recovered from winter break. I think.
We had sleepover company and play-date company and random drop-in company and we also ran our own little pretend hotel where we staycationed. Pretty much everyone around us cleared out of town for at least a few days, but we stayed put. We're still pretty new here and haven't really done too many (or any, really) touristy things yet, so this was our chance.
Before winter break even started, I pulled this staycation idea off of Pinterest and made vacation binders for each kid. Each binder contained a daily schedule, a list of breakfast options (although it must be said that I noted on the menu that there was no way all the options would be available every day), a make-the-beds chart (no room-service in this hotel, but we did provide a complimentary Hershey kiss on each pillow in the mornings, which I kind of thought was a nice touch - plus it gave us another reason to have everyone brush teeth again, a whole activity unto itself) and a bunch of car games - and by far, the most successful was the license plate game. It's been two weeks and we have found a good forty states or so, and shockingly both Alaska and Hawaii in one parking lot! How did those two cars even get to Florida?!
The other super-popular car game was more for the girls, our non-readers, ages 5 and 3 - the ABC game. Their job was to look out the car windows, find signs and put stickers on their letter chart whenever they saw a letter. The goal was to fill in the whole chart. Which they did in five minutes. I thought it would take them a week. Oh well. The good news was that I had laminated the charts and was able to peel the stickers off that night so we could play again the next day.
The first Sunday of winter break started us at the MOCA, which is the Museum of Contemporary Art, in case you were wondering. I wasn't. I don't like museums. Neither does Josh and apparently, the oranges don't fall far from the fruit trees because the kids don't either. But we went to the MOCA because they have a great Sunday afternoon art program - every single Sunday, always - which is totally my kind of thing. And it's free. Well, free if you join the museum. And for only $100 for the year, even going half the time makes it worth it. Activities for four kids add up quickly.
And if you take the elevator straight to the 5th floor, you never have to see all those paintings hanging everywhere.
Anyway, last Sunday at the MOCA, we learned about printmaking.
Everyone had a chance to sketch out their drawing, press hard with a pencil as they went over it on a foamy kind of paper and then paint.
Here, I'll show you:
And we got awesome personalized attention because, um, we were the only ones there. I hope we're always the only ones there. I like having all the art supplies to myself. I mean, what I meant to say was, having all the art supplies for my kids. This has nothing to do with me.
Next Up: Day Two.
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