After a low-key morning, I spent the afternoon checking a few things off of my to-do list while I let my kids watch a movie and eat jello and popcorn for dinner. The big kid just finished EOGs today - and honestly, I'm feeling a little "yeah, whatever..." after a couple of rule-filled, potentially stressful days. I really think schools put too much emphasis on this, and (I am not a fan of standardized testing, especially for ants-in-the-pants, 3rd grade boys.)
I did redeem this less-than-impressive dinner with some fruit and chicken quesadillas a little later. And there may or may not have been some chocolate-covered pretzels involved, too.
At bedtime, we read about Laura and Mary and Carrie and Grace and Ma and Pa having Christmas Dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Boast "By the Shores of Silver Lake" - and then they were both "hungry" again. How can roast duck made on a coal-buring stove 150+ years ago make them hungry when they won't even eat a roast chicken that I cook present-day? All joking aside, we have been slowly working our way through the Little House series since our camping vacation last summer. (It's what M picked, while J picked the Harry Potter series.) The kids are both enjoying the stories, we get in a little conversation about manners or vocabulary words or history here and there, and I'm enjoying the time to sit with them as we slow down at the end of the day (I read to them at bedtime). We don't get to it every night, but they miss it when we don't get to read. Honestly, I do too.