The kids were at each other this morning for no apparent reason.
It lasted about 2 hours.
I was Chief Referee and Chief Thinkofsomethingtoseparatethesechildren!
Eventually the kids did separate, I think they may have worn each other out with their bickering. Miss 2 went to play in the bedroom and Master 5 to potter around outside.
I washed the dishes during the peace treaty, pondering what we could do next that would keep us all engaged and happy.
Master 5 had been asking persistently in the last few days to make some orange juice. I remembered juicing with him when he was younger and the activity consisted of me juicing the lemons, him getting in the way and things getting very, very sticky. I wasn't exactly excited about the prospect.
In the end I thought I would give it a go. While he was outside gardening I found the juicer and I cut up some orange halves in preparation.
When he came in from outside he was very pleased to find the juice making scene prepared! He immediatly got to work, standing on a chair to put his weight into it, and he did a wonderful job!
And he juiced for a very long time, filling the container 3 or 4 times over! Miss 2 came for a look but she decided that her pretend food and kitchen were more fun for the moment.
I was kinda glad...she is of the age of sticky messes.
My son and I went outside and picked another basket of oranges. That boy really does love helping.
Peace treaty extended and yummy, fresh juice with a our lunch.
I'm excited to think of little ways that my children can contribute to the running of the household, even if the activities take a little longer or there is a little more mess.
PS. Miss 2 came back and promptly spilled the cup of juice we gave her :-)