On our cooking day we made rice porridge. Iz is always interested in helping with anything in the kitchen but since there wasn't that much for her to do with this recipe and it had to simmer for so long she lost interest and also didn't enjoy the results too much, but she did enjoy "feeding" it to her seed babies. What I learned from that day is that we will make our cooking/baking day into just a baking day - at least for the winter - since that is something she loves to do and since she gets plenty of other time helping in the kitchen to learn about other foods and preparations every day.
The weekend made for a happy family all around and we were back to pretty smooth sailing, even with back to back cousin birthday parties on Saturday afternoon. Usually this would lead to a bit of chaos, but we prepared for the day and it worked out well in that the parties were very different and met different needs for Iz so she was able to observe a lot at the first one that was a bit busier and fast paced and then have time to just run free and play and have quality time with her grandma at the second one. I did forget all the gifts at home, but hey, can't win 'em all.
And Sunday? After I got O down for her nap E headed out for the hardware store for more pre putting the house on the market supplies and the girls and I had a low key few hours playing dress up and puzzles and just having a much needed downtime day. And once E got back and O had milk I hurried to the bath for my promised hour long soak and reading time. We are all better off when I get one of those now and then. We never did make it to the grocery store and the house is a bit of a wreck, but we are all on much better footing for starting in on the next week after having a nice slow day at home.
Also, since we aren't able to get as much outside time in I have decided to look ahead to the week and plan an extra back-up activity for each day in case Iz seems in need of a little something more to do. I have this week all lined up and ready to go as long as a few tiny items make their way here on time for certain activities - Amazon Prime work your magic! - so I look forward to reflecting again next week to see what a difference having a bit more planned will bring to our week. Having always been creatively minded and not so schedule oriented it doesn't always come natural for me to have things so planned out, but I find that when I do so a lot more gets accomplished leaving us all feeling much more fulfilled.