During this time we have done a few things. We made a cake for Pentecost. The shape of the cake is a butterfly because we happened to have a butterfly pan. The drawing on top is supposed to be a dove to represent the Holy Spirit.
I've also spent this time of illness reading children's chapter books. Now that the girls are slowly moving from picture books to chapter books for bedtime reading, I wanted to expand my knowledge of what was out there. While I loved books as a child and had some great favorites, there were a lot of wonderful children's books I just never read or never even heard about. After all, at that time we couldn't google "top 25 children's books your 8-year-old should read." If my parents, teachers or librarian didn't recommend it, I probably didn't know of its existence.
So this past weekend I finished the last Penderwick novel (which, of course, wasn't around when I was a child) and read Elizabeth Enright's The Saturdays (which was written long before I was born but I only recently heard about it). The Saturdays is an absolutely charming book about siblings who live in an old New York brownstone and decide to pool their allowances so they can each take a Saturday to go on an extraordinary adventure. How did I miss this book as a child! No matter how old you are everyone must go read this book right now.
I have a stack of children's books to read, but I've also found a few books intended for my own age which I should probably throw into the mix. Summer is meant for reading. Even Meg and Clare agree. They've been practicing their own reading with an unusual enthusiasm and excitedly signed up for the summer reading program at the Arlington County Library yesterday. Expect a few book reviews in the coming weeks.