Like much of the country, we've been experiencing some very cold weather. Whilst I don't like being out in it too much, I do like all the inside time it brings. The kids had another snow day this week so we crafted and cooked and chit chatted. They split the living room into two forts and had their own (peaceful, thankfully) tribe. Leonard was the lion that guarded my daughters' fort.
My son surprised his sister with a treasure hunt, complete with clues hidden all around the house. And guess what the prize at the end of it was? Him! It was super cute. He wrote out all these rhyming clues for her to go from place to place to find him. I do this on birthdays with their presents. I don't know how it started but they love it.
The kids have been journaling a lot. I read this super helpful post but didn't act on it. Then I read the post to the kids and they just took off on their own. They've been doing lots of cutting out and sticking in things, some story telling, a little painting and some diary entries too. All delightful stuff which can be done without any help from me.
In craft world, I've been knitting this sweater for my son. It has been so quick I am nearly finished, I just don't know if he will love the neck. We've been making awesome giant pom poms for Valentine's Day. They are huge and I love them. I've been pulling out stacks of brightly colored fabrics to start another quilt, this one for a friend. And I've been thinking about triangle quilts and wondering whether to jump in and try one. I am skittish, concerned it will be too difficult and none of my points will match. I've also been untangling yarn for a new project for which I am taking lessons. I do love going to lessons and realize I have not been doing enough of that.
I went to my yoga class today and now I am all out of sorts. It is the inversions that I do not like. They make me annoyed. I don't know why this should be, but they put me in a bad frame of mind. I really should just sit them out.
And the cookies up there are Oatmeal Buttercream Pies from Comfort of Cooking. They were good but they had to go because I would have eaten every last one so I sent them into school for all the teachers. I did manage to save four little ones for dessert though. The other round balls were date cakes from Nigel Slater's Real Fast Desserts. I have talked about this book before because I love it so. There are no pictures and the recipes are simple and delicious. It is the kind of cookbook I read before bed. Anyway, the date cakes were like little fried Lara Bars and the grown-ups in the house liked them but they got a thumbs down from the kiddos.
Tomorrow it is meant to be over 20 degrees. I am sure there will be people wearing shorts.