Perhaps I went overboard this week. Not sure. I got fed up with the dependence on technology, and in particular, the gravitation towards "screens" in preference to just about anything else.
What possessed them, I'm not sure, but Zhen and Nastya got into "doing hair" and Zhen fixed himself up - attitude and all - as a '50's kind of guy.
When in doubt, Ilya will clean. I got home yesterday and he and Nastya were making references to "a new toilet and sink". When I got up there I realized that the two of them had scrubbed those appliances in places I'd never dreamed of scrubbing them before. (And, I assure you I feel as though I keep a clean bathroom!) They went up and under and behind and in every nook and cranny. Really cool! (Except you hardly want to use them.) Nastya, in addition, cleaned my bedroom. True she put things away in places where we still can't find them, but the idea is first rate!
I have noticed that, apart from Anastasia who is really serious about doing well in school, homework has not risen to the top of the "possible things to do" pile. Oh, well.....I think what they are doing beats another 3-4 hours of Runescape, in any case. I'll soften up one of these days, and let the machinery out of bondage, but I intend to keep the key handy and only bring the screens out for "dessert" - not the steady diet.