Thank you for all of the kind, thoughtful comments yesterday. I've read each one of them several times, I reread as much of the parenting book as I could, I completely ignored the house, and we spent most of the day playing outside and making things.
Today is already a much better day.
Today's make it is a project I saw in the Winter '07 issue of Somerset Life. (If you don't already read that, you should. It's a bit pricey, but only published 4 times a year, and I always get good ideas from it.)
I found this old tray shoved in the back of a cabinet when I was clearing things out for a yard sale a few weeks ago. I nearly threw it away because it was really getting rusted from my foolishly having served pickles on it years ago.
So, I sanded off the rust and spray painted it pink. Voila! A sweet magnetic tray.
Then I stuck it in the middle of our fridge using those command adhesive things.
I had cleared all the usual junk off our fridge just before my ILs arrived and it was looking bare. This really sweetens it up.
I love this idea so much. If I had more of those trays I would be painting them in every color of the rainbow.
(Edit: Since several of you have asked, the paper doll is a freebie from Wee Wonderfuls . A few years ago I went through a magnetic paper doll phase. Jack loves dressing her, your kids will love it too. The directions are in that years ago link.)
On Saturday we took Jack to the local kite festival. It was his first time flying a kite (we have tried before but really struggled with finding a place to do it in our very populated little city).
He loved every minute of it, and it was a perfect day for it. Warm and windy with just enough sun.
And I really enjoyed it too, just sitting in the grass taking hundreds of pretty pictures.
He was fascinated by the more interesting kites, which were all bugs according to him, and he informed me that he wished he was a kite.
Maybe this weekend we will try put put golf...