With no sun in sight and our backyard a saturated mess, we were all feeling a little restless and out of sorts by mid-morning. When Dylan and Caitlyn began taking turns jumping off the living room sofa, I knew it was time to take some serious action. I ransacked some cabinets and triumphantly engaged the kids in a quiet, goal oriented task: noodle necklaces. The kids had lunch while the pasta was drying, and then decorated their colored noodles with markers. They loved the finished products; I loved the process of achieving them.