Monday, February 27, 2012

A Tea Sipping Indoors Kind of Day

There were scheduled thunderstorms and showers for today but as of this late afternoon we haven't had any rain.  It is, however, very cold and overcast for our warm California weather.  This prompted the kids to stay indoors today.  So, what have we done.  Well,  my six year old brought out his acrylics and canvas.  Lazy days are perfect for setting up, concentrating, chatting and you still have plenty of time to clean up.  I kind of like how my flash didn't worked, it really shows how thick he put that paint on:

My twelve year old decided she needed some movement while practicing her spanish and put on my 3 Mile Walk dvd and yes, I felt compelled to join her ; ) so I got some excercise too:

My eight year old wrote and mailed a letter to her friend this morning.  And this afternoon, while I was having some nice hot tea, she asked if she could have some too.  I'm always excited when the kids want to join me for tea.  I quickly brought out my small tea pot and brewed some more tea for me and my girls (her older sister didn't want to be left out so she asked for some too.)

My eight year old had her cup with some reading of Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden.  I really enjoyed watching her reading and sipping.  It was such a lovely sight.  Then her sister remarked "Oh, yes, they talk about Japaneese tea time in the book.  Are you there yet?"

Her comment made me smile even more.  It reminded me of how she has enjoyed the small collection of Mrs. Godden's books we own.  Now, her little sister is too.  If you have a young daughter that enjoys doll stories I highly recommend giving some of these a try:

So there you go, that's how we spent a day indoors: creating, exercising, reading and sipping some tea.  Oh, just in case you're wondering what my little boys were doing.  Well, they just spent their day as usual; playing and hanging out! We'll save that for another post ; )


Melissa said...

I am impressed by your six-year-olds painting. Nice work!!

I love Holly and Ivy - it was one of my favorite books when I was young.

I recently bought my MIL a copy when I bought her a doll that reminded me of the story.

Melissa said...

I was just making my tea (I drink everything cold by I brew it in a pot with tea leaves) and thinking about Holly and Ivy.

I always thought the scene from Les Miserables when Valejean buys Cosette the doll she admires was sweet and always reminded me of Holly and Ivy (which I haven't read since I was young and I don't have a copy for my girls - I must remedy that).

Silvia said...

How lovely to hear. I have Holly and Ivy but you've mentioned other girlie books we may love!

Jeanne posted about pesto, you about tea... I want to visit you, friends!

Grace'n'Chaos said...

Melissa, these books are new to me. I'm enjoying them with my girls. I love Les Mis, how neat that you've made that connection. : D

Silvia, I've missed you. A visit would be nice ; )

...they call me mommy... said...

I love that painting! :) Off to put those books on hold! :)

Charlotte Mason in the City said...

I love these kinds of days, and your post is inspiring me to do something special with our at-home pulling out the paints. Please tell your daughter that I really like what she painted! Don't you just love when a day goes like this?!