Do your kids go stir crazy when they stay indoors for a long time? Mine do. Honestly, it’s like they have all this cooped-up energy that needs to be released. They start getting giddy and silly, wrestling each other, or worst yet, they start making inappropriate humour. (Don’t ask me what – but it usually has something to do with potty humour.)
As I type this, they are sitting across from me, with orange Cheetos fingers. Licking them and savouring the salty, cheesy powder that remains after you’ve gone through the entire bag. I used to do that as a kid, too. Keep the powder intact on your finger pads, careful not to accidentally scrape it off or lick it, for fear that you will not have a thick slab to enjoy at the end of the bag.
I am so amazed by this moment. It has been lasting for about 38 minutes now. Lunch was mashed potatoes, creamed spinach (which the kids devoured) and leftover turkey. Oh, and Cheetos as a side snack. They got silly at one point, dancing to the music from the radio, but finished their meal after all. I actually enjoyed my meal with them.
I came across this book at Winners while christmas shopping for my family. When I saw this, I immediately thought of M. It is the perfect cookbook for him as there is minimal amount of words. Literally, the only words are the labels for the ingredients. In fact, Z is reading through it right now. It’s funny listening to him read all the different alcoholic beverages and asking if kids can drink it. I had to explain to him that if there’s any alcohol at all in the beverage, kids cannot have it. I did tell him that if you remove the alcohol, it will still taste good.
So, after perusing the pages of the book, Z decides to prepare a beverage for M. He chooses Greek Frappe. M likes the idea. He saw that we had a metal shaker so he wanted to make a drink that uses it. Why not? No one stood by him while he made the drink. He got all the ingredients himself, the measuring spoons and just did it. M and I were very impressed. I was right! Even a 7 yo can make something out of this book.
Along with the crafting, Z finds some comfort talking to Cognisaur. He’s a share toy from M and I for Hanukkah. They talk to him every so often, asking questions and listening to stories. It’s such a great toy because it’s interactive and the software gets regular updates so the content changes – unlike the Hatchimal.
Tomorrow is back to school for M and V. Z gets one more day off. Then it’s back to the grind. I leave you with this picture for now.