peg family (or what craft my kids didn't do)

This past weekend I spent away at a roller derby bootcamp and when I came home Sunday evening I found The Man had moved our old tv from its hidden spot in the basement to the kids' room and hooked up our even older N64.

By late morning Monday the childs still hadn't emerged from their newly wired grotto so I decided to set up an enticing craft to draw them out.  A few days early I had brought home several bags of crafting clothes pegs (if you are nice, you will not remind me of my anti-craft supply rant from last week, I choose to believe it's different if I buy them from the thrift store) that I set out with some paints and some visual references (Google images) of their favorite characters from books and, even, Adventure Time.

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Oh, I think to myself, I am so clever! What child wouldn't want to do this rather than play brain rotting video games?

Which was, obviously, very silly thinking. 

An hour or two later I had this family portrait to show for my efforts:

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Painted by yours truly.

And this is what the childs were, still, doing:

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And are still today.

I am beginning to talk to my peg family children, being so lonely in the absence of my real children. 

When I suggested that the childs go easy on the controllers since, as I said, if we treat it well, their own children will be able to play these games too, girl child replied that her own kids won't be into video games but like nature instead.

Pfft.  Whatever.

I have decided to let the games stay in the room for another twenty four hours and they go back into the basement until, oh, next winter maybe?  In the meanwhile, I may use this little bit of quiet time (relative quiet time, ear muffs are still necessary) to catch up on my reading and laundry.

Video games aren't all bad.  And at least I have my peg babies.

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  1. Ah the things a father will introduce to the kids!

    Luckly, things like that seem to go in phases. At least, here they do. The kiddo will want to play video games everyday for a week or so, then it's old news and she is once again hooked on audio books, crafting, painting, etc.

    By the way, have you hear of the series called "The Books of Elsewhere" by Jacqueline West (I think that's the author). My kiddo loves and it and is recommended for readers who enjoyed Coraline.

  2. Wow. Next time I will try to do a better job proof-reading my comment. Yikes!

  3. Proofreading is for the timid! We can all roll with it :D

    I loved the Books of Elsewhere myself but girl child hasn't read them yet. Right now she's being very tween with the 'Whatever After' books by Sarah Mlynowski.

    I am about to introduce her to Terry Pratchett too, which is one of my all time favorite authors who has also worked with Neil Gaiman on Good Omens. Our next bedtime book is Wee Free Men. So excited!

  4. We have a bunch of Terry Prachett books available on audio through our library, but if I remember correctly, most of them are in a series and our library didn't have the first books. I can't start a series in the middle.

    I haven't heard about Whatever After. I will have to check it out. Our current family/bedtime book is the series, "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel." We are on book 3 of 5. After we are done with this, I think we will delve into some classics that I am pretty sure the kiddo won't read on her own.

    Are you still keeping track of the books you all read?

  5. You can read Discworld in any order - they are stand alone fabulous. I highly recommend them anytime. I just picked up the latest, Steam, and so damn happy to have a new Pratchett. I've read most of them multiple times.

    I am still keeping track of the books I'm reading. Sometimes I forget to jot a few down but most of them are there. I find it handy reference but since publishing a few of my lists I have found that I would rather be reading than talking about what I had read.