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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.
The kids both found dead adult cicadas so they role played with them and made up stories. It was a little creepy ;)
We went for a bike ride (both boys’ bikes broke over a mile from the house). E collapsed with frustration about something during our lunch break….
Last night he woke up around 11:30 needing to go to the bathroom. And because he’s 2, he needs help with that and because I sleep lightly I get to help him with that. Then he needed a drink from his “wa bobble” and fell back asleep with a smile on his face.
But at 4:39 am he woke again, knowing somehow it was getting closer to morning and he insisted, as he does every morning, that he needed to go downstairs and sleep on the couch. After lots of loud complaining, he was convinced to sleep beside me in bed (J vacated the bed and went somewhere?). But I couldn’t get back to sleep because my uterus was complaining (yay, thanks!). And sneaking away from The World’s Most Alert Sleeping Two Year Old didn’t work so right now I’m medicated, on the couch, with a loudly snoozing kid-with-a-cold beside me. It’s 5:51 am. But hey! At least I have some ibuprofen in my system so now my head and jaw won’t hurt as much today and maybe I can be a nice parent!
So yes! Monday! J’s birthday! 6 broken hours of sleep!
We seem to spend most Mondays at home. I didn’t get much sleep last night for too many nights in a row so I found myself wishing I could get away a lot. Dang big bird that wants to swoop in windows and fly away with E in the night. Certainly has put a damper on getting in rest when it is dark! ;)
C got the urge to sew today (not unusual) and he looked through his sewing book and decided to make A Little Friend. He worked on and off for 1-2 hours on this creature and got happily frustrated along the way. When he was finally done, he was so deeply proud of his work!