Afternoons are Natasha's hardest time of day. Mornings are best, when she can easily amuse herself, but come 2 p.m. and thereafter, it can get rough. A nap would do wonders, but then she doesn't go to bed easily and Daniel and I don't get any us time at all during the day. (Two nights of trying to watch a movie with a toddler crawling all over us cured us of attempting a nap AND a decent bedtime.)
So to help the afternoons pass happier, I've taken to having her help me cook. Sure, it takes longer, and I have a lot more messes to clean up, (yay for tile!), but we do have fun.
The other day we made meatloaf:
Note to self: Make a mini-sized apron.
And remove all clean silverware from within arms reach, or else they will all be dirty again when a little girl decides she needs yet another different spoon to stir with.