A Day Off

In celebration of all of the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country, my kids had the day off from school yesterday.

Since I can’t drive at the moment, we had to find things to do around the house & neighborhood. We decided on a photo safari, making art, cooking and reading books. Sounds like a pretty awesome day to me!

We went on our photo safari and looked for fall colors, interesting textures, and other cool things we found along the way. There’s a construction site a few blocks away, which was one of those cool things we found. The dog found a squirrel, which was another cool thing…for him.

Here are a few of the photos we took on our safari:

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We experimented with melted crayon art. My son wants a HUGE canvas to paint a masterpiece, but I couldn’t figure out how to get 3 of us to the art store and then get that huge canvas back home again…on bikes. So, we compromised with a small canvas and a few crayons. I didn’t really think through the physics of using crayons and a hair dryer to make a work of art. But we managed to improvise and came up with something worthy of a gallery – even if it’s our home gallery. A little clean up with a broom and sponge, you couldn’t even tell that the first and second methods to make our ‘painting’ created an enormous mess – inside the house. Here’s what we made:

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The book of the week was “The One and Only Ivan” – now read by both me and my daughter. Easy and wonderful read. We also read the fourth Stink book – “Stink and The Great Guinea Pig Express” with my son. But the favorite read of the day were old National Geographic Kids and Highlights magazines.

The cooking was left to me, because of some pressing ‘makeover’ activities. I had to promise not to post pictures of said makeovers. So, left to my own culinary devices, I modified a recommendation by the kid supposed to be helping me make dinner. My Chili Mac & ‘Cheese’ was a hit and we had just enough left for Tuesday lunches.

Along with a rousing game of ‘2 minutes 10’ – which involves coming up with a list of things in a given category in under 2 minutes, which we shortened to 1 minute (easy if you’re the first one to go, less easy if you’re second or third) – we had a pretty great day. The kids were amiable most of the day and I think we made some memories along the way.

While we may not have made it to a Veteran’s Day parade, we appreciate our veterans immeasurably, especially our family members and friends who have served. While we enjoyed having the day off, we believe you deserve to be celebrated every day. Thank you.