Our almost final week!

We are almost done with our 8 week stop in Washington DC. The other day, I was looking at our wall of school work and I couldn't believe that I've been with the kids all day, every day (with a few breaks in between) for 7 weeks now. It is a blessing to spend a lot of time with them, and I really enjoy having them around. I think I would be ready to explore new things for myself when we get to our next destination, and I know that the possibilities will be endless.

This week, Grandpa stayed for one more day in DC because his flight was cancelled due to the snow last Monday. We went to our favorite brunch place, Silver Diner, and had a good meal. Then, realizing that this would probably our last snow fall, we played in the snow with our dear friend, Atticus. 

 Enjoying the snow day

Enjoying the snow day

 3 generations of Cipullo boys

3 generations of Cipullo boys

When the snow melted and it rained the whole day, we decided to stay at home and had some creative play. 

When the weather was better and the snow all cleared up, we went to our favorite museum, the National Building museum. We played non-stop for 4 hours! It was a great way to spend the afternoon, as we've shipped all of our stuff (including some toys), and we are living out of our suitcases once again. 

Anticipating our meeting with our tortoises, we went to the library and got books about turtles and tortoises. Then, to attempt to teach a little bit of art, we learned how to draw them using a youtube video! I think they did pretty well. 

For some reason, the fascination for FORTS came back this week, so the kids created their own little nooks, then crawled inside, listened to music and read. Not bad, as Mommy got some time to catch up on some work. 

Let me end this post with a note that Kevin wrote when he realized that he had hurt Nina's feelings by "stealing" all her pillow cushions for her fort. Nina quietly cried in a corner as she built her fort, trying to grab whatever she could to use in her own fort. I called Kevin's attention and asked him if it was okay to think only of himself, knowing that Nina was building a fort as well. He thought about it and wrote this note. He then slipped in into Nina's fort. It was so cute to watch. The next morning as I woke up, I heard them giggling as they helped each other make a fort without any adult help. Good job Cipullos!