Yesterday I neglected Rachel and Miriam while I read Hunger Games, the entire thing. I can't even remember the last time I've been able to read a book in a day. In large part I'd like to thank my husband and in-laws for watching my children/allowing them to run around rampant while I did so.
For a good hour the girls played library while I read. They used the toy stroller Miriam got for Christmas from Aunt Katharine as a book cart and would wheel it into their bedroom, load it up with books, and then climb up on the toy chest/desk to read them. When they were finished they would go and get a new load of books and read those, too.
Rachel read whatever ones she could from memory.
We ended up with books strewn everywhere around the house but the girls were so happy the entire time. And so focused on reading.
My mom got Rachel a Dick and Jane anthology for Christmas. We've already read through it once and Rachel loves it. We choose a word for her to read while I read all the others and she's been doing fantastic. She is so excited to go back to school on Tuesday. So is Andrew—he has already read through one of his text books.
We are such nerds in this household. We also watched an hour-long documentary on statistics yesterday, with the girls, who seemed to really enjoy it. It was, possibly, the most riveting documentary on statistics in existence. Andrew said the text book he read was just like the documentary, minus the Swedish accent, so I think I might have to read that book next...