Tasty Tuesday was an ‘in house’ production today. Our Bright Beginnings Parent Educator came by for a visit this morning and was kind enough to stay longer than her appointment so that my kids could show her every single toy in each of their rooms. Her patience is nothing short of saint-like.
In addition to running a little later than planned, I decided to stay home for a few reasons. First, I have to weigh in at Weight Watchers once a month now that I am ‘lifetime’. The end of the month is drawing near. To borrow a line from the Breakfast Club, I am pushing maximum density. Second, we set aside a small amount each week for fun money. All of my fun money was donated to a good cause this weekend. The good cause was about 8 tacos (two at a time) and 4 orders of chips and salsa from the Big Burrito in Kalamazoo.
So I borrowed an idea from PreSchool Mama. When I read her post about it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done this yet with my kids. What is it? A tea party! I think it’s funny that American kids would be excited about a tea party. Little European preschoolers, maybe, with their cute little accents, who have actually been to a tea. Apparently there is some universal appeal, as it proved to be extremely entertaining.
It took a little convincing that the tea itself would be pretend. Even using water would have turned the whole thing into a complete mess and having just cleaned up the fingerpaint lesson from Bright Beginnings, I wasn’t ready to start all over with the disaster zone thing. Maybelle is quite the hostess, and spent the entire time arranging and re-arranging the seating. Unfortunately, the guests were already seated. Fortunately, they are all dolls and stuffed animals. Her favorite doll, ‘Baby Ella’ was treated with special reverence. Her cup was consistently topped off with fresh, hot air-tea.
It was a bit of a thrown-together affair today and next time I will make some little finger foods. We might even invite some real people. I will also send A.P. off somewhere to play, as he was bored after just a few minutes when he realized there were no good snacks.
Maybe next week we will be back to dining out for Tasty Tuesday. Hopefully I will have a few dollars in my wallet, and a few less pounds on the scale. If not, I’ll just let the kids order what they want and have a nice big serving of air; I hear it’s all the rage.