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Post 6: A day in the life of Cranky Doodle Dandy and his brother


The boys are mildly sick and majorly cranky.  Did I mention cranky?  Knowing that we wouldn’t be able to see friends, head to the park or spread germs otherwise I set to work thinking about what we could do. I have realized that on days when the boys aren’t feeling the best breaking up the routine with special projects really helps everyone get along a lot better.  They might not go perfectly but they usually have fun.

I’ve been dying to paint a tree since I pinned the example from Dilly-Dali Art.  Although they used water soaked chalk, I didn’t have time for that.  We used washable paint. For the good of mommy-kind, I believed I would be forgiven by the tree.  And then we painted. Cranky Doodle Dandy was still cranky with intermittent bursts of happiness.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures it was so gorgeous.

Even Matty, our feral cat, came to see what all the fuss was about.

And my favorite picture.  Eli was concentrating so hard on painting the tree.

It was beautiful! And made (almost) everyone happy and paint splattered.  Then it was lunchtime.

I’d been thinking about a Porch Picnic for awhile but wanted to wait until it was raining.  Guess our second porch picnic will be in the rain.  So I made lunch – tuna melt Friday – and we headed out to the porch for a Porch Picnic.  The boys love it when I call something ordinary something different or we make up an adventure or we eat somewhere other than we normally do.  It was a hit!

The temperature was a chilly 53 degrees.

They decided the porch was too sunny and they needed sunglasses.

After lunch we made no sugar added, vegan banana muffins with spinach and almonds.  Ok, that doesn’t sound so appetizing.  They are.  You can’t taste the spinach and they have just the right amount of sweetness.

And then it was naptime. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Cranky Doodle Dandy wakes up more like Rainbow Bright.




  1. It sounds like you transformed what could have been a terribly exhausting cranky day into a very fun and memorable one. I love your rainbow tree and the little blue heart at the bottom of its trunk, too. To it looks like saying, “I love you tree, and thanks for letting me paint your bark.”

  2. Recipe for muffins please!?

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