I woke to the sound of pouring rain mixed with thunder & lightening in the wee hours of the morning. I managed to fall back to sleep eventually but was still pretty tired when the alarm went off this morning. I had originally planned a field trip for us to a local art museum today but had decided yesterday that I'm rather enjoying our week of hanging around the house. We've all had lots of fun with the activities we've been trying out and whether my kids realize it or not we've been doing lots of school work. No one person has complained about a single activity. It's amazing to me how much more smoothly our homeschooling goes in the summer. I'm not sure why that is but I do think we seem to cover so much more during the spring and summer than we ever manage to cover in the fall and winter. I had a bunch of books pulled out and sitting on the table and a few ideas for some fun stuff to try out today. I kept thinking that it was a yucky, rainy day and I was feeling tired and lazy so I thought I'd give the kids the day off today.
They all watched TV and played toys for the morning while I cleaned, did laundry and worked on many of their scrapbooking pages. All was going really well until I heard a loud crash and lots of crying. The next thing I knew all three boys were yelling and screaming at one another. Tears were flowing and I had to step in. After finding out that Ian had pushed Alec over, I sent him to his room and told them it was time to turn screens off. I explained that while it was a school day I had planned to let them have the day off and allow screens too but I wasn't so sure that was a good idea. They all started protesting and begging to have screens back but I sent them all to get dressed and have breakfast. I explained that if they can't get along when they have free time I feel like I'm forced to plan things. They wanted to earn screens back and promised to be on their best behavior.
Evan asked me to finish reading his new comic to him and his stuffed turtle (who also loves Generator Rex). He then saw that Ian was already outside and wanted to go play outside too. All three boys ended up outside for a bit until Ian came in looking to have a friend over. Next thing I knew all three boys were pouting and whining to have someone over to play. I was not opposed to them having friends over, but I keep trying to remind them that most of their friends' parents work and we need to plan ahead. It's not like I can just call them up and get them over here on a whim. I wish I could, but I can't.
It's not always easy trying to think of something fun to do that would be indoors and not super crowded. We decided to head to the movies... and apparently so did everyone else. We went to see Monsters University. It was a real cute movie and all the kids enjoyed it but I'm glad we arrived early or else we might not have all gotten to sit together. On a rainy summer day we were not the only ones with that idea.
We had fun in the car on the way to and from the movies. We listened to the rest of The Boxcar Children story and then we played a version of name that tune. We played portions of different songs and the kids had to sing along once they knew what song it was. It was great fun and definitely something we'll play again using the kids MP3 players.