While we, especially the children, get out in the snow (and ice) to sled, hike, romp, and play, the very cold days have also had us inside quite a bit. We limit screen time as much as possible, though the girls are slightly obsessed with Harry Potter right now and short sections of movies tend to get played once or twice a day on snow days. So, what to do? Generally, the kids have good ideas about what they want to do – there is lots of art and crafty projects. The girls read, I read to the boys. I cook and have helpers. I made some awesome mini fried apple pies (with my canned apple pie filling and basic biscuit dough). They are a treat!
We all do some writing – letters to friends or family, stories, book reports. We have lots of art, sewing, and craft supplies on hand most of the time. Evva drew pictures all over a sheet of paper to send to a cousin last week. Anne made “monsters” out of colored puff balls, glue, and glitter. Hythe enjoys drawing and coloring and having “work” to do with his art. Steven loves uncapping a marker, scribbling a bit (on paper, the floor, his arm), re-capping it, and going on to the next one. Hythe also loves needle work. A wonderful aunty gave him a set of constellation sewing cards which he loved, and now he is also asking to sew on fabric. He concentrates and does a great job. My next idea is to get him to do a simple drawing on the fabric and see if he can embroider it. He may be too young.
We had some friends over on the weekend – somewhat to celebrate the thaw out and socialize (it can get isolating to be snowed-in in the country). Music was made, and Hythe tried to join in with every instrument he had any knowledge of – violin, harmonica, guitar. Finally, one of the guests put his banjo in Hythe’s lap and gave him a pick. Hythe loved it! He had a pretty good rhythm and enjoyed playing so much. He is now clamoring for banjo lessons and his own banjo – “I’m really good, Mom.”