Today was the first day since school started that Zoe and I had nothing going on. There was no need to even get in the car all day. All our errands for the week are finished, our Tuesday class was canceled, we had no play dates scheduled. So the big question was, “What are we going to do today?” We decided just to pack it with fun. We started the morning by paper macheing a monkey. Zoe was so cute doing it. She thought the cool, glue mixture was pretty yucky, but eventually warmed up to the idea of drenching strips of paper in it. The head drying right now and I’m not sure it will turn out, but the process of making it was a lot of fun.
We still had a bunch of hand picked (by Zoe) apples to finish up, so we made an apple crisp. We wore our matching aprons and Zoe had a blast dumping the ingredients into the bowl and mixing them together. She loved pinching the cold butter in the crumb mixture kept shoving raw oats into her mouth, like we don’t feed the kid. I peeled and sliced the apples and Zoe put them in a bowl taking bites out of about half the slices. She shook loads of cinnamon into the bowl (more than the 1/2 teaspoon recommended by Martha) and stirred the apple mixture furiously. It baked for about an hour, and Zoe spent nearly half that time sitting in front of the oven watching it bake. She was such a proud baker.
It was an incredibly relaxing and fun morning. I know we’ll be homebound a bunch in January/February and will probably be itching like mad to be able to get out, but this was exactly was we both needed today.