I woke up this morning feeling like we needed a fun day. Especially since I was starting to feel crabby, I think because I haven't slept much at all in the last four(+) nights. In any case, we needed to do some fun things.
Our day started with a standoff on the interstate, not far from here. Long story, but around 4 a.m. two people in a stolen car ran out of gas by the side of the road and when cops approached, refused to get out of the car, eventually waving a gun magazine out the window and telling them he would shoot them if they came near the car. There were city police, county sheriffs, SWAT, and a canine unit at the scene; the entire freeway was shut down in both directions, and people who had been sitting in traffic for 2-1/2 hours were finally turned around and rerouted to the other interstate. The whole thing didn't end until after ten, and we were pretty much glued to Channel 4 news until then.
After that excitement, I got Hunter started on his school work, and I got out the Christmas tree. Kaleigh and I put up and decorated the tree, and Hunter finished up a health assignment and took his math and spelling tests. (Okay, school work isn't necessarily fun, but he needed to take those tests and the fun part was that I didn't make him do every subject!) Then we made a yummy lunch - something relatively new (similar to another dish that I make, but put together a little differently, which the kids loved). We had a little quiet time, then headed over to the mall. We did some shopping, saw some kids playing in an orchestra concert in the rotunda, and headed over to pick Ryan up from swimming. When we got home, Kaleigh opted to work on some of her craft gifts (Christmas presents for relatives), but Hunter chose to play with toys instead. (Fine by me - as long as he was having fun!)
Now we have stuffed crust pizzas in the oven, and the kids are picking out their movie for tonight.
In all honesty, it wasn't the day I had in mind. I originally envisioned more craft time, a game, a little more time out of the house. But the kids didn't seem to mind. Hunter's eyes when I told him he was done with school for the day, and Kaleigh's facial expression when I turned on the Christmas lights.... they made today a fun day for me.