Wednesday, April 28, 2004

A much needed good day...

Yesterday was a much needed good day with the kids. For some reason (spring fever?) they've been acting like little monsters lately. Poor Tai came home everyday last week to a stressed out me. I felt so bad for him! But yesterday, the kids all pretty much behaved. P only threw one big fit, and I think that was because he's starting to get sick. A got his homework done without hours and hours of arguing, and D got her room clean! Go kids! And they all ate enough of their dinner to have some of the yummy chocolate pecan pie that Tai brought home with him for dessert! Then it only took forty-five minutes of chasing them back to bed in order to get them to stay put. Not too bad, considering!

Tai and I have been going crosseyed lately over puzzles in the evenings (after the kids go to bed, of course!). We started over the weekend with a Thomas Kinkade puzzle, and we're thinking about finishing that up within the next couple of days. I'm using "we" rather liberally. I suck at puzzles. But I do enjoy spending the quality quiet time with Tai. We painstakingly went through website after website showing each other which puzzles we each liked, and decided upon the cottage/garden/water types. Our plan is to finish up several puzzles, glue them, frame them, and hang them on the walls. Our second puzzle arrived by UPS yesterday, so we'll be kept out of trouble for a while. ;o)

Incidentally, if you're into puzzles, or would like to be but have a difficult time storing them while you're working on them, Walmart sells a marvelous product. I just checked, and it doesn't look like they have it on their website. But for just under $10, you can get a velvety mat with a blow-up tube at the end. You do the puzzle on the mat, and when you're done for the day, you roll the tube down the mat, and tie it up when you get to the end. Like a sleeping bag. When you unroll it again, you'll find your puzzle just as you left it. You don't have to leave it out on the kitchen table anymore and hope that your kids don't steal pieces. Kinda nifty!

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