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We’ve been covered in snow for the majority of Spring Break and it’s the last week of the quarter, so Jake has had to work late most nights. Needless to say, I’ve had my work cut out for me keeping it fun for Eliza and Jonas and keeping myself sane. They usually get along really well, but the bickering starts when it gets boring. And, though I love spending time with my kids more than anything, this has amounted to a week of 14 hour shifts. Tomorrow we’re going to take Jake the work and use the car for some field trips, but here’s what we’ve been doing to keep things fun while we’ve been cooped up:

Caught blue handed.

Made Easy Bake Oven Brownies (and painted while waiting on that little lightbulb to cook them)

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Eliza is making a Van Gogh painting! This kit is rad. Thanks, Beth!

Eliza painted Starry Night by Van Gogh. Jonas “borrowed” (ahem: STOLE) some of her paint for his finger painting. She made this with a super cool “The Starry Night” Master Kitz from her Aunt Beth. It had really great step-by-step photo instructions that were easy for E to follow. There were paint rollers, masks, stencils, and oil pastels. It was pretty much a dream project for Eliza. Maybe we should hang this with E’s Jackson Pollock. She can start up a collection of famous artist imitation pieces!

Eliza went to a reunion playdate with the girls from her Kindergarden class! It was too icy for me to drive our rear wheel car, so E’s friend’s parents came to pick her up. So so nice.

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E also spent the night at her Granny-ma’s.

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We made a yarn lazer field (thank, you Pinterest). The first time through we taped one continuous piece of yarn up. That was a mistake. The second time around we used individual strings for each laser beam.

Eliza just recorded a video about Little House in the Big Woods! To be blogged tonight.

Eliza and I finished Little House on the Praire and vlogged about it.

We walked around the corner to get coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for the kids).

Makin' a fort

The kids made a fort.

Things that happen when your big sister doesn't go to school.

And there’s been a lot of dress-up action.

We’ve been having a ton of fun without spending a ton of money! And there is more kid awesomeness on the way.

For more fun ideas, check out my For the Kids Pinboard.

P.S. I’m talking about it more next week, but a lot of the ideas are from my Fun Schedule for One Little Word. I’m trying to hit up everything on the list, even if it hasn’t always been working out on the planned days.