Anyway, here is a little glimpse into what we do on our time off:
Well, this isn't technically a 'day off'--it's our Friday afternoon activity! We have 'handicraft day' on Friday afternoons. This particular Friday, everyone joined in and learned about Quilling! (Usually it's just Claire and myself making things, but EVERYONE loved this one!) Some of the projects got a little elaborate...and still aren't finished...but Andrew made a cool tornado! And Josh got tired of rolling up the paper with his hands, so he invented a 'robot' that would wind the paper for him! Ha! Now that's thinking outside the box!
Moving on... Another thing we've done this week is break out a new Lego Education program: Simple and Mechanized Machines. It's mostly for the little boys, since Josh has advanced way beyond it. We worked with gears and force of motion. (Yes, this is a day off.) They swept the sidewalk all clean and had a great time! :)
She's also still doing a lot of baking. Cupcakes, muffins, scones, fry bread, and the other day she made a layered cake in honor of Fiona passing her big exam!
More baking of Claire included a special birthday cake for Devika's birthday! I made this cake for her 4 years ago, so it was Claire's turn this time! :) It's called a 'hot fudge sundae cake'--it bakes in a way that makes it cake on the top, and a hot fudge sauce on the bottom, so you have a really great hot fudge sundae in the making! :) We also had a yummy meal with NOTHING Sri Lankan--fresh salsa and guacamole, Central American style, Tortilla chips from America, roasted chicken wings and wild rice... All super yummy! We certainly like birthdays at our house!
And last, but not least, art with Grandma!! Yes, again, that's technically a school subject, but we LOVE doing art with Grandma! Yesterday, we got to use graphite paper to trace a water lily onto a flat canvas and paint it Monet style! ALL the kids loved it--even Peter once I got him into the room! Of course, he wasn't interested in using oil paints like the rest of the kids. He just used water colors. Here are the pictures thus far...Andrew and Josh are done, while Peter and Claire are planning to continue with their projects as they go: