Sam was out of town for the last 5 days so the kids and I have had a myriad of opportunities to hang out together and accomplish tasks. We went to soccer, we went to gymnastics, we went to Dr Cevey's office to discover Zayd has strep throat again. We did brunch. We went to Siclovia and play dates and school and the Fall Festival. We all attended Zahra's parent teacher conference. One of us ran eight miles on Thursday. We went to the bank, the plant nursery, Target, and Joann Fabric, twice. I taught Zayd how to use eBay and I'm sure it was a mistake but I'm trying to educate him that buying the one Pokemon card he wants for $3 is better than buying the 60 card pack he doesn't want to get the one card for $14. (Cleaning one card is also easier than 60.) We stayed up late and watched the Astros defeat the Yankees in Game Seven to make it to the World Series. We did sensory play, we had spelling tests, we did puzzles and we each wrote a book. I drew 100 Pokemon. Maybe 200. I read Ziyan just as many books. ("Firetruck!" "Police car!" "Duck!", Etc) Zahra told me repeatedly how much she loves being with me and I gave thanks to receive such love. I promised her that, since she's my daughter, we have a lifetime of awesome adventures to plan for. One day, we were having so much fun, we frequently discovered that we'd forgotten to use the restroom or eat a meal the way we normally would. As quickly as we discovered such emergencies, we fixed them!
Surprise, surprise, we were the most out and about four people in the world and I'm completely exhausted. But I think my kids had fun and I had a great time being with them. I let the big kids sleep in my bed all weekend and it was so snuggly and wonderful. Plus it enabled me to figure out that Zayd, who never complained, had a very high fever.
Here's a very few pictures from the whirlwind weekend we put together. Mostly the are photos of the awesome 100% student produced Fall Festival. Small hands of kindergarten through third graders made carnival games using force and motion. You'll see Zayd showing off the cool cardboard cell phone he got as a carnival game prize. I'm glad I was able to take off work to attend Fall Festival at my kids awesome school. I'm also grateful to have kids who can rally for all the adventure I bring their way and then snuggle down to watch sports.