A newly fallen tree meant another place to climb and dig.
After the log there was a very long mud fight for C and friends while E cuddled on my lap. He wasn’t terribly interested in playing in the woods yesterday but was delighted when we went back out to the playground. C was happy about everything.
We brought Ruby with us and she slept the rest of the day (after a bath). Apparently 4 hours of play, hiking, and creek splashing is enough to wear her out. 😉
Coffee! I bought some green coffee beans so yesterday we all participated in our inaugural roast. First batch was too dark and second was too light but it was fun and we smelled like woody coffee beans afterward. We all got a kick listening to the beans crack!
E wanted to use play dough so they worked on that this morning. Then E cleaned it all up and even wiped the table (with the bathroom towel he got wet for a washcloth).
C saved his money and bought a violin. He’s been playing it and the house echoes with horrifying and sometimes sweet sounds. He’s pretty happy with his purchase.
We got a new dog. Why? Because she’s cute. She’s a loaner but I’m wondering if we will just end up keeping her. We’ll see. She smells like a dog and will be big and shed fur everywhere but she’s darling and gentle and the boys adore her. Also, she’s a tiny puppy and eats everything, such as pens:
Also we got a new drill. It’s much more useful and low maintiannce than the dog.
The kids pulled out the electronics bin this morning and spent a while hooking wires to batteries and such.
Ruby Mae napped in the sunlight. Sadie, our 10 year old dog, refuses to accept the puppy and pretty much despises the vibrance of youth. That’s not poop on the rug, it’s leaves dragged in by the cheery puppy. There have been plenty of dog accidents in the house the past few days though. Sigh.
I ran out of space on this blog so I’ve started a New Historical Record. If you’d like to join me, it’s happening here.
This is my kids sunning to warm up after playing in cold hose water.
After a busy weekend spent with family nearby and farther away, we stayed home on Monday. Got a few things done around the house, cleaned up the messes we left behind in our rush to get everywhere on time, and relaxed some. It was hot so we played in the water and had a fun time too!
Yesterday we went to the library for story time and it went well! Did I tell you I banned the kids and I from going to the library together? Yep, that happened. We needed a break from our weekly visits and I reflected on why they seem rough and scattered to me. So yesterday we made another attempt, this time with a few new rules: the boys would stay off the computers, talk respectfully, and follow directions. I would drink my coffee, not yell, and read Caden lots of books while were were there (instead of choosing books). So yeah, we stayed mostly calm and mostly occupied the whole (2 hour!) visit.
They often raid J and my closet. 😉
Yesterday E worked examined algae from the creek trip and found a tiny red worm in it. He became obsessed with pulling it out but it got lost in the muck and we all were forced to search for it for a while before giving up! Then he moved on to playing with the trains.
C lined up letters in alphabetical order, using an alphabet sheet to help him. As he was sounding some letters out (he is interested in this but only mildly) I showed him with the cards how to combine the b-e-d sounds to make the word bed. His little mind nearly exploded for a brief second and I saw a spark of recognition in his eyes. It was a lovely moment, reminding me that YES, someday my kid will read.
E’s “ready, set, go!” routine during a sprinkler run. Later he sweetly asked “Can I pick dis one, Mama? Yes? Yes?” about a sweet pepper and when I said “no” he quickly accepted and dashed off. It’s nice when my answers are accepted that quickly!
Also I found this cool fungi-ed pice of wood.
We found a tree wit algae growing on it and C really loved this area. Played with it for a while and we collected a bit to bring home and study.
E attempted to walk on the same tree but didn’t feel safe so he turned back.
The cup of algae being used as an underwater rocket. C shouted triumphantly “Look, I made my very first rocket!” when he discovered the air in the container would cause it to shoot to the surface after he held it under water.
We came home and did some coloring, cutting, and learning. Then went outside to paint with water on the driveway.