Friday, February 21, 2014

Personal Maintenance

Well the grandmas might be happy to hear that this week of no school has turned into a personal maintenance week for the three of us.

We had haircuts, teeth cleanings, piano lessons, eye doctors' appointments.

We spent 6 1/2 hours de-lousing our family (not including the dozens of loads of laundry, vacuuming furniture, bagging up stuffed animals, boiling hairbrushes, etc).

I was on the mend mid-week but by Friday the steroids had petered out and my Strep throat was back in full force.  So I gave in and started the antibiotics on the 7th day of illness.

We did manage to have some fun when the Strep was at bay.  On Wednesday we checked out The Art of the Brick - an exhibit of sculptures created entirely of Legos by an artist named Nathan Sawaya.  It was a hit with the kids and brought a renewed interest in their Lego collection for the remainder of the week.

Ella was particularly excited to see a copy of the Degas sculpture that she loves so much at The Met.

And on the way home from that we got off the subway one stop early and headed directly into the Natural History Museum (the subway has an exit directly into their basement - you never have to go above ground).  The planetarium has a new show by Neil DeGrasse Tyson that we wanted to check out called Dark Universe.  Honestly, I slept through the entire thing which should have been a clue that I wasn't over the Strep because I love astronomy and especially Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  But the kids loved it and Ella even said as we left the museum that she wants to be a scientist when she grows up.  You go girl.

Being sick this week was unexpectedly good for allowing the kids a lot of unstructured play time.  As you know, our afternoons, vacations, and weekends are often incredibly over scheduled.  It's all always really fun, educational stuff, but the kids never get enough time just to build with their Legos.  Or create something out of an old cardboard box.  Or turn their bedroom into a restaurant.  Or just be bored.  

Check, check, check and check.

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