The weather today--heavy, sticky, hot, promising rain--set everyone off. It was too wet and terrible to go outside or to the pool, so we had to turn our sights elsewhere. L&G played in the basement for much of the morning. We played Find It Fast and Uno. Then we went to the library so they could sign up for the summer reading program. They made their mobiles (all participants make a mobile to hang in the children's room, which they decorate throughout the summer), and we picked out lots of books. I owed $6 in library fees, which is absurd. I hadn't managed to return our books before leaving for my conference two weeks ago, Andrew didn't return them, and they were all overdue when I got back.
The heat and humidity had us all fraying a bit after walking back to the car, so we went home to rest and have lunch. Then I dragged everyone to Target, which was preceded by Greta chanting, "Mommy. Mommy. Mommy," for the entire car ride, in a seemingly irreversible spiral of whining, which thankfully she snapped out of after a few minutes of sitting in the car in the Target parking lot.
Next: Lucia wanted to bake cookies, by herself, which is one of the suggested activities her teacher had sent home for the summer. Hence the Target trip. So I helped her make s'mores bars, which is a delicious bar cookie that is also a pretty perfect cookie for a kid to make. She measured and mixed and spread everything in the pan. They were a great success. We took a picture to send her teacher.
Today was also the day that Lucia decided she wanted to learn how to sew, and I helped her sew and stuff a small pillow out of fabric scraps for her toy hamster. She got the hang of it, but I had to hold the material for her as she made the stitches. Greta also wanted to sew, and she got the hang of it too, though her stabs with the needle were a bit wilder and more random than Lucia's. Both girls now have two tiny pillows for their toy hamsters.
I spent a good bit of time today searching intermittently for Greta's toy hamster.
Tonight we got a sitter and went out to dinner with another couple. That was a nice end to this humid, frayed-edge day.