Clara and Elena really enjoyed being in a mentorship role (though we had to redirect when Clara's modeling of how to stand up on the rocks was compelling enough that she tried it, too, and she has a bit too little balance yet for that maneuver!).
Then we went home to work on various home improvement tasks that we have before us. The one the girls have been most excited for is redoing this cedar kid's picnic table a friend gave us. Clara really did use the electric sander to help get it ready, though this is just a re-enactment for reasons of both safety and shyness.
There was a great debate on some paint colors, but in the end we decided to put tape down the middle and let them each choose a color - we got kind of lucky that they went together as well as they did.
There were some other rules (one involving them getting eat before Steve and I instead of waiting for everyone to come to the table). You might guess that each of these rules runs in opposition to our typical table rules. Steve and Christina ate out on the patio and were not so terribly disappointed to be missing out on the kid-table-dining. Those girls were doing just fine by themselves.