And they were fighting and bickering endlessly over a button.
Yes, that's right - a button.
I mean how can two children both want one stupid button so much?
They were obsessed with the thing, and were driving me mad.
So I decided to try and distract them with an activity that didn't require too much precision or thought, but would also be interesting enough to stop them thinking about that
I didn't tell them what we were doing, but as soon as I started taping long sheets of paper across the patio Emily started taking her clothes off! My girl knows me well, and is seriously into messy outdoor stuff (and nudity).
I initially got the idea for this activity from Pink and Green Mama, and knew that anything involving paint and fly swats (or fly swoppers as Emily insists on calling them) would be a huge hit with my two.
They started slowly and carefully.
...and their bottoms (I hardly need to tell you how hilarious they found that!).
I even got to drink that coffee and read a bit of the newspaper.
It turned out to be a great afternoon.