That standing art easel -- THE BEST PURCHASE EVER. Yes. It deserves all three -- CAPS, italics, and underlines. It has a chalkboard that they never stop playing with. I have attached a felt board, which they constantly play with. The painting can be a pain in the a**, because Ray needs help keeping Chay away (he wants to paint the furniture, which I can't allow). But the entire board provides all day entertainment, and I cannot recommend it enough.
I have also found that the local park fountains are good, and free, entertainment:
My Baby's Handprints (those are Chay's but Ray disagrees...)
Obviously, we are working hard to keep our children's lives normal. I don't honestly think that they notice a difference between us leaving for work or a normal weekend day.
I do know that they notice our stress.
And I am not sure how to deal with that. Any advice would be appreciated...