Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Give yourself a little break too -- don't check back until after Aug 1! After that, I'll start posting REAL entries again, along with the photos you all love. Happy Holiday!
Friday, July 25, 2008
J enjoys -- REALLY enjoys -- an ice cream treat. (For those of you keeping count, this is the first time he's tried this particular type of treat.)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So we played indoors instead, mostly musical games and explorations, where, amongst other things, Candy Corn got to see what life was like as a musical note, courtesy of J. Then it was time for swim lessons -- we got our bathing suits on and got ready to go. CRASH! BOOM! Change of plans.
So Zoo Boy treated us to a concert, singing every song in one of our Music Together books. Then we all got dressed to head out and run some errands. CRASH! BOOM! Change of plans.
So the kids got busy with independent projects. J made this cute dog mask -- it's a Shar Pei, he said -- you can tell because the paper (skin) is all wrinkled. We started to get ready so we could take The Map Man over to pick up our car that was in the shop. CRASH! BOOM! Change of plans.
So the kids stayed home with The Man (and J worked on his "space walking", which will come in very handy for his career as an astronaut) while I had a neighbor drive me up to pick up the car and run those errands we never got to.
The CRASHING and BOOMING continued throughout the night. We lost power for about 4 hours (it had been blinking on and off all day) after the kids went to bed. More CRASHING and BOOMING is expect for another whole day, so we'll see what sorts of changes of plans that brings about....
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
J didn't seem to miss his brother in his class (he's the furthest to the left in this pic)
A surprise awaited us when we got home -- a great big package with a lot of our fall school supplies, which the kids excitedly dug through -- I couldn't believe it, I only just ordered this stuff over the weekend -- everyone really MUST go shop at Swift River Toys and Enki Supplies right this very minute!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The limbs fell into Teak's dog yard, and he made himself a cool bed underneath the pile of branches I lopped off in order to allow him in and out of the gate to his yard. There's a lot more clean-up needed, but that's all I could manage by myself.
Our gardens were more than happy to receive all the rainfall (me too, since it meant I don't have to do any watering for a couple of days!). This is the "wild spot" in the children's garden -- we let one corner grow up to provide a spot for exploration and tunnels (you can see our milkweed forest in the background the right, a part of our wild spot). It's weedy but beautiful!
First day of swim lessons!
The boys spent the bulk of the afternoon practicing what they learned in class.
Monday, July 21, 2008
an afternoon thunderstorm brought a bit of relief -- it's a little hard to see, but there is a sparrow and a robin both bathing in that driveway puddle
After being cooped up in the house all day avoiding the sun, we ventured out for ice cream and a drive up to the other lake in town that has a beach (yes, we have two good lakes to swim in our town, and yes, we know how lucky we are). This lake is on the other side of town, so a bit of a drive, as opposed to "our lake" which is just a minute down the road.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
May I brag for moment? In late November a shaggy, unkempt, depressed, malnourished mare with horribly neglected feet was delivered to us. Today, she looks like -- well, she looks like this!!! Passersby stop to comment on how gorgeous she is, how shiny her coat, how gleaming with good health. Our Annie has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. And never was there a horse that more deserved a second chance at life. We love our Annie!
As for me, I'm spending as much time as possible this weekend hiding in our bedroom, air conditioner blasting, reading through Enki 1st Grade Stories, starting to piece together a plan of attack for September. (I previously said I might start up in August, but I've found something more important to do in August -- details to come then!)
I also spent a bit of time on-line at places like Swift River Toys & Enki Supplies, gathering supplies for our school year. Here's a portion of my shopping list. At this point, I just need a short trip to Staples to finish up and I think we're set -- just have to sit back and wait for everything to arrive on my doorstep. I love internet shopping!!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Our Milkweed forest -- sadly, we have no Monarch butterflies, which we were hoping to study from egg to adult -- we are considering buying a caterpillar or two to grow out and release next year to hopefully attract more monarchs to our milkweed stand. We introduced Milkweed Moths last year, so hopefully they've established and we'll get to watch their fuzzy caterpillars later in the summer.
Friday, July 18, 2008
J spent a good chunk of yesterday like this:poor kid was sick as a dog yesterday morning, so we didn't get out and do anything fun
Zoo Boy took the opportunity to work on his spelling -- he used these alphabet animal puzzle pieces to spell out words and phrases from his favorite books
Meanwhile, I used our "down time" to get the new parakeet cage set up in the bird room. We now have side-by-side large flight cages, one for the boys and one for the girls. We also have two smaller cages, one with birds that are for sale (it's easier to work with them when they are in a smaller space), which currently has two occupants from our last clutch, and the breeding cage (in which Pear and Apple just hatched out their first new baby yesterday). Oh, and a spare cage for quarantining new birds.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
his interest in space has recently expanded to include space travel -- here's a drawing of landing on the moon -- and he talks about being an astronaut when he grows up -- he says that he wants to be the first person to go someplace no-one else has been
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
really something, isn't it? we were all pretty wowed
didn't take long for Zoo Boy to strip down and jump in
while J preferred exploring along the shore, finding frogs and damselflies