No, not really. I had to break it to the kids this morning that the ice skating rink's refrigeration unit wasn't working so they had to shut down for the day. Ahem. *wink wink*
Instead, I was roped into promising a picnic at a park we hadn't visited in awhile, which was mercifully close to home. So we got through schoolwork, including four pages of double-digit adding for Ibis (may the Lord have mercy) and a cute art project involving the handprints of each kid and a bat body drawn on construction paper. We now have a cute bat handprint family hanging in our window, ready to greet trick-or-treaters!
And then, the park. It was an uncannily gorgeous day for Florida in October, clear and crisp with a hint of a breeze. I'm not getting used to it, mind you; I know it'll be mid-90s as soon as I start enjoying this weather. I know better by now. The kids ate lunch, practiced being monkeys on the playground, and then we took a walk on the neighboring nature trail. It's a great trail but a little scary - it's the sort of place one might go hunting for baby alligators and water moccasins. And find them. But that's another thing you learn in Florida : alligators and water moccasins are everywhere.
We made it through our adventures unscathed, ready to brave another day.
As a side note, where did this child come from? Blue eyes? Blonde hair? Freckles?
And then there's another one just like her. How do these things happen??