Library and Haircuts

Today at library storytime there were bubbles! And the parachute! E was very excited and went to tell his librarians how pleased he was afterward. A+ storytime in his book. 🙂 

I cut the boys’ hair, one curl at a time. They sat patiently, collecting the curls as I handed them over, eager to throw them outside for the birds to use in their nests. This is E with C’s hair:

And here is C as a red head:

Then they smiled with their kitty. Poor cat. 

I’ve never seen a kid so continually thrilled with the first letter of his name. Every time he finds it he bursts with delight! 

C is learning how to write to fit in a a small space. 😉 

We weeded the garden, played with Ruby, examined cherry tree sap, and looked at and discussed a dead mole a cat left for us on the driveway. 
Busy day. 😉 


Park Exploration 

This giant log has been here for a couple of years at least, wedged and thus suspended in another tree’s branches. C especially loves to climb it. 

The kids found goldenrod in a field on the edge of the park and made bouquets that E said would “glow in the dark at night”. 

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, Cleaning and a Violin

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).


This was my kids’ reaction to me saying: lets just brush teeth and skip doing your hair today. Glee and giant hugs….   
C was glad to see Ruby again after we got home from the library. 


Using our “paint with water and it disappears” paper during afternoon school. I can’t remember that E was drawing. Maybe a hurricane?   

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. 


Borrowed Puppy

 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. 


E needed me to take this picture because climbing the wood pile is “my favowite thing to do!”. His words, not mine.  

Labor Day Weekend

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! 

Go Fish and Dress Up

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.

The we went home, ate lunch, read, had quiet time and show, and played with play dough! DSC06456

C needed to play Go Fish afterward. DSC06461

E insisted on joining. Both kids are still learning how to play games and are very eager! They do happily volunteer cards when they glimpse another person has that card…..DSC06462

E was so delighted to play!DSC06463

C counted all his pairs and mine. Still skips 14 and 15 (he’s ALWAYS done this, it’s genetic?) and stumbles sometimes with 20s. DSC06467

Also, after quiet time my kids usually come downstairs dressed up in who knows what. Here’s E yesterday.  DSC06468

C the day before.IMG_8334

And E that day also. IMG_8339

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.DSC06402

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. DSC06403

Here he is combines letters to spell his grandfather’s name. He stayed pretty focused on the alphabet and was only distracted by trains at letter t. DSC06406

E pretending to be a puppy. We play dogs much of the time around here and this is part of E’s personality that pops out all day long. My canine kid…. DSC06427

The boys played int eh sprinkler while I was watering the garden. It’s been so dry lately! DSC06441

C got water up his nose.DSC06445

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! 092015

Marrot Park

We went to a new park yesterday and did what kids do best: explore and splash in water.   
E collected 2 snail and mussel shells and a few sticks and lost them all by the end of the trip. 🙂

I sat and looked at the trees while E ambled around and C built a dam with some friends.    

Also I found this cool fungi-ed pice of wood. 


More dam building. Only actually we were just making the “waterfall” higher so the water would splash louder. 🙂    
E brings more rocks over.

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. 


C drifted off after a while but E stayed and wrote. He knows letters e, c, and s so far.