As we all know, groundhogs everywhere saw their shadow yesterday. Not that it makes a particle of difference--particularly where we live--since I've seen it snow heavily on Tax Day and have even seen flakes as late as mid-May.
There's something about February that really sets in the winter blues though, and it's when I really have to start digging around in my super-secret mom's bag of tricks. Now, I'm a firm believer in letting kids use their imagination and entertaining themselves. I am not their 24-hour clown. But realistically, they are still 5 and 3 and need a little help from time to time with activities on these long, cold days.
Yesterday I found in my freezer a tube of gingerbread dough left over from Christmas. The date stamp on it said use by Feb 09 and we have heart cookie cutters, so voila! Ready-made afternoon activity.
Lucy and Elaine each got a portion of dough, their own cookie sheet, and heart cookie cutter. Copious amounts of dough also disappeared into their mouths. And yes, I neglected to have Lucy change out of her uniform before baking. We like to live on the edge like that.
After the cookies baked, I frosted them and the girls sprinkled sugar on them. Again, copious amounts of sugar went into their mouths as well. And "sprinkled" might be too refined a term. "Dumped" is a little more accurate for Lucy, and "Stood on a chair and threw handfuls into the stratosphere" is a little more accurate for Elaine.
But...here is our finished project. Very cheery. (Also, shout-out to Jennie; this is still my favorite tray!)
Of course we each enjoyed the fruit of our labour.
Only six weeks (supposedly) of winter days left!