Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the deep end.

Today was a hot day. That didn't stop Gray from wearing his superhero long-sleeved shirt. I need to get him a short-sleeve one.

We ran through our library book list to see which books need to go back to the library, so a lot of the day was spent reading.

And playing with trains.

And setting up cello lessons for Ainsley.

And working on fashions.

Hannah said she had an idea that was 'too big for one piece of paper. I'll post the finished picture when she's done.

And cleaning the craft room. Which led to finding white t-shirts for the boys that were to be tie-dyed at the same time as the girls and I tie-dyed our Color Me Rad 5K t-shirts (which only looked brightly colored at the race and now look very dingy after having been washed). So we tie-dyed all of our shirts.

 And I realized that I bought my boys white shirts with cap sleeves. *sigh* I just won't tell them.

Tomorrow we get to rinse them out and see how they look.

We cut up a watermelon which caused lots of rejoicing.

Ainsley wrote a love letter to her daddy.

We went swimming. Twice. And Ainsley passed the swim test and is allowed in the deep DEEP end! (6 feet, but to them - and to their mama watching - that is deep!)

More books and bed for everyone but Ainsley, who played fashion games, mostly of the fairy variety. And then bed for her. And then bed for me.

Today we made a boat. It wasn't terribly seaworthy.

Today was a low-key kinda day. It started out slow and easy with reading and drawing and cars and trains ....

and the jump house. Ainsley used it as her fortune-telling tent with her kitty tarot cards.

Then Zander and Gray and I went to the pavilion across the road to practice scootering (Zander) and riding a bike without training wheels (Grayson). When the girls joined us with balloons, an hour-long water fight began.

Then it was back to the jump house for Ainsley, bike practice for Grayson, and playing with cars in the camp trailer for Zander. Hannah and I worked on one of the MAKE Summer Camp projects for this week, a soda pop bottle boat.

 We took it over to test in the swimming pool. We need to make some adjustments.

While we worked on the boat, Hannah and I talked about random things and had a really interesting conversation about what our country might look like if the Civil War had gone the other direction, or if it hadn't happened - if the Southern states had been allowed to leave and form their own country. We talked about me not meeting her daddy because I likely would have had to have gotten a passport to move to Idaho, whether or not slavery would still exist in the Confederacy, whether I would be racist, having been raised in the Confederacy, whether *I* would have even been raised in the South because my parents are both from Idaho, whether the Confederacy would be a lot richer than the Union due to the Southern states having the majority of the oil (this thought came about because I told her my family moved to Oklahoma because of my dad's job with an oil company).... it was a really interesting discussion.

After the pool, we had dinner, went for a walk with the dogs, read books, made sugar cookie dough for tomorrow morning, and everyone but Ainsley (my night owl) and Zander (who took a late nap) went to bed.

Ainsley and Zander played quietly outside while I read on the porch in the cool night air. One lovely thing about Idaho is how cool the evenings get, even after very hot days. Then Zander curled up beside me for 'hug time' and Ainsley sat beside me drawing in her ideas journal - a picture of us sitting on the porch. It was one of those moments when life just felt so good.

I cherish these unexpected moments with just one or two of my children.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lions and tigers and .... lemurs?

This morning we had a neighbor boy over who made a comment about how many stuffed animals we had.

Of course that led to us throwing all of our stuffed animals on the couch on top of everyone ...

and then sorting them to see what we had. How many kids can you see?


As you can see, 'mammals' won. Poor insects only had two - a caterpillar and a ladybug. (We use this website to create our graphs.)

We do have an odd assortment of animals. I wouldn't think most people would have a stuffed lemur, but we have four. I think we have a problem. Also, four turtles. And two walruses. A rhinoceros. Two coyotes. A hedgehog, an elk, five deer, a lobster, three crabs, and a manatee.

When you break them all down, we have more dogs than anything else.

After putting them all back in their hammocks, we went for our daily swim.

Then we pulled out our jump house and after a few hours of playing in that, Ainsley set up a bed.

There was a tea party.

 and hooping.

 Then we went for another swim. Our city pool is right across the park.

Then baths and books and bed.

Except for Ainsley who needed to study more of her Chinese words.

 I need to learn the Chinese word for 'sleep'.