Yesterday didn't quite work out as I planned.
Saturday mornings I have a minded child until 1.30pm. So the children played and I took advantage to sit and work on some crochet snowflakes, flat baubles. I saw this, the pentcle I have saved on my ravelry queue and I've been meaning to knock a few up. But what actually caught my eye was the use of wrist bangles. It just hadn't occured to me. So I've been playing. I made a large lacy snowflake, which needs blocking. And a few play around dreamcatcher like ones. Think I need to look at the instructions becuase my attempts to do it off the hoof, aren't spectacular.
Oooh and more yarn arrived. Yes more. However, these are colours that I do need for the gifts I'm making. I do have quite a stock of cotton yarns, but to my suprise I discovered I'd run out of yellow, which is such an important colour when teaming lots of different colour, it's a colour that will pretty much match up with any other and in doing so it help to calm and reunite all colours. I also did not have red or a dark green. How can this be! So I got some more, and well you know me, I couldn't resist adding a few other colours.
Once mindie left in the afternoon the plan was to paint the clay decorations we made a few days ago, and have taken such a long time to dry out! Rye had other ideas. He wants to read and write and is constantly asking to do workbooks/sheets/read his oxford tree reading scheme books, and of course reading eggs.
I gave him the choice, fully expecting him to choose painting, but no, he choose to reading eggs.
Oooh the hooky time was fabulous, and I would be lying if it wasn't a part of my decision to let allow Rye to decide when he'd had enough. Naturally, I told myself the website if educational, and it's not like he's on there all the time.. infact weeks and weeks can go by...all true, but honestly I allowed longer than normal play on the computer because I have a lot of preparation for Yule still.
I do find myself warring with myself on this issue though. I do have rules for screen time. Rye is allowed to pop on a dvd on a morning if he's up before me, which tends to be only once or twice a week. He is allowed to watch a dvd on an evening after the minded children have left. That rule has had to be relaxed a little because a mindie's mum works shifts and for 3 days wasn't picked up until midnight. Similarly, he can forego dvd and use the tablet; which has a couple of educational games on it, as well angry birds. He will play angry birds for a bit, and then the educational games. Laptop time is severely limited because of course I use it, and evening time is when I use it most.
However, as he's so keen on reading and writing and has asked a few times this past week to do reading eggs, I've cleared my desk in my bedroom so Rye can sit up there, (also means laptop stays upstairs..I've had it downstairs a few days and spent far more time online that I would normally!). I am not happy with him spending hours and hours though. So I've decided the plan is to set an alarm for 45 min, with a maximum of two 45 mins sessions a day, (and not consectively).
But anyway, as Rye decided to do reading eggs, it meant the plan to give him the Snowman book & cd has been postponed.
And now I really must get off the computer and get on with Day 14.
Have a super day, whatever you have planned or not planned :-)