We woke up today to big black clouds and rain. The kind of day you would expect to drag on and on. But it didn't. Its sped by. First the kids did some splashing and rolling (yes, rolling) in the mud. Then, they came inside completely soaked and covered in mud so they went in turn and had showers/baths. We had some hot chocolate and dandelion muffins then played numerous games ( 10 Days in Africa, Europe and USA, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan and Mystery of the Abbey) and read some books aloud, (International Children's Bible, Anna of Byzantium, Story of the World:Ancient Times and The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way).
The kids (except Hailey who can't read yet) are all reading their own books too, of course:
Sarah: A Tale of Two Cities and Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last
Lisa: Romeo and Juliet
Noah: Chemical Chaos and The Amber Spyglass
Katherine:D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
Martin: A Weekend with Rembrandt
They spent a while reading these while Hailey and I baked bread.
After lunch we had a mini concert with the pieces we'll be playing for the upcoming recital and had a run thru of Hamlet.
In the mail we found both Rosetta Stone Italian and Japanese as well as Martin's handwriting program. We installed Rosetta Stone at our community library and left Sarah and Noah to try it out while the rest of us went home and did some table work (math and handwriting).
Lisa, Katherine and I made dinner and Ian is now reading poetry as the kids knit/weave.
It's been such a wonderful day and I find myself wishing for another tomorrow or at least soon.