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01 Aug, 2007

The day that spent itself

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

 I spent most of yesterday in a stupor. Honestly, I don’t know what came over me.Thankfully the girls didn’t need much help staying entertained.

Here are some of the second-hand books we picked out at the ONS (click to enlarge and see the titles):

 Second-hand books

The little dude in the upper left corner is our houseguest for the week.

But would you look at some of these illustrations? 



The sidewalk paint idea is a keeper. I can’t believe we haven’t done this before. When the water evaporated it left behind some vivid colour. Think chalk x 50.

Sarah paints a chick

Then we added some plain water to another scoop of cornstarch (thankgod I bought a new box) to make goop:

 Water + cornstarch = the best kind of goo

Seriously, this (combined with some sprinkler action), kept the girls occupado for most of the afternoon while I moped around.

In the evening I went for a long walk with a friend and felt better.

Okay. Back to work. :)

3 Responses to "The day that spent itself"

1 | The Veggie Vixen

August 1st, 2007 at 9:36 am


I get days like that too. I’m going to try the sidewalk paint idea. I’m sure The Pea will get a kick out of it.
Take care.

2 | Helene

August 2nd, 2007 at 7:07 pm


Love the set of chalk photos

3 | a peek inside the fish bowl

May 10th, 2008 at 10:33 am


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