Our new respite kids will be with us first time over whole weekend. They have been here a day and one overnight visit before so we have had time to get to know each other. Lovely kids, but let's just say that it was obvious we need to get things bit more structured/under control from now on. The younger one, 5 yo boy, aspieish, literally ran circles, and did it quite a lot and big sis (8 yo) got frustrated in her attempts to parent him. We are planning a calm weekend, very calm and at home activities mostly. A nature trip nearby, bui nothing too exciting in any way. I also have made a timetable and I'm thinking that maybe we should make it visible also to the kids when they come. Talk and draw it out for example. I also thought maybe letting them take some pictures of things we do during the weekend and making some kind of 'diary' of it Sunday night for them to take home and show their mom. I first considered drawing also that, but the boy does have some fine motor issues and perfectionism issues so that could turn ugly. Photos and printing them out is likely safer. The boy is also a picky eater but the mom gave us very workable list of safe foods and it is easy to make sure there are something he likes with every meal. Not only that though, I'm more than ready to serve macaroni and hamburger meat with ketchup (brings back the old days) but I'm not going to eat that, so we will go with having something he likes for him to pick and more of our normals foods for us others. This weekend we are still keeping kids mostly together though after their visits it is clear why we were asked to give them both lots of individual time. The girl mommies her brother a lot and in the way that is not likely too good for her. She has also been overly responsible, helpful and considerate. She really could use some respite time from all that. I'm however little bit lost what kind of fun 'girls activities' I could do with her. Baking, cooking etc. are maybe too much of the chore (she does help her mom a lot at home) and I have been living in the boy world so long I can't even remember what little girls like to do. She has shown interest on our dogs so I do plan to teach her to teach them some tricks and things like that. There has lately been few popular kids tv shows there kids have competed in training agility dogs and tricks and she has watched those and is excited about the opportunity to try same things they did in tv. Our dogs are trained to understand clicker already and those type of tricks will be easy to teach them. And I have also found training animals to be great confidence boost for kids, so that will definitely be something we will be doing. But I could use other ideas. Doing her nails? Some fun crafts? What? Halloween is not much celebrated around here (we do celebrate All Hallows though, but that is not too kid thingy), but I was thinking that this weekend we will make some decorations (can anyone advise how to actually do that pumpking carving thing? I do have a pumpking, but no idea how you are supposed to do it) and bake and cook something to the Halloween theme. I'm all excited but have some butterflies in my tummy. Wish us luck!