Today was the first day of the kids' two-week winter break. It was also the first day of Catcher's five-day vacation in Houston with his grandmother. Alex is in Oklahoma for work, so that left the girls and me home alone. We had a calm morning--after they devoured gingerbread house candy at 7:30am--and spent three hours at the Thinkery this afternoon. I almost don't want to write this for fear that the secret might get out, but Friday afternoons are bizarrely quiet at the Thinkery. Even the first Friday of winter break! It was a win-win for me: the crowd was under control, and I only had to keep my eyes on two children who wanted to do all the same activities. Scout and her shadow.