We usually play pirates a lot, while they are here.
The largest Panda fell into a depression following this class, for some reason. She had to be taken back to 'China' (aka the toy box) for fifteen minutes or so, to visit family. I was not aware of a problem but Zane picked up on it.
We had music time, of course.
Z also rode his bike up and down the oil well road and around the loop that leads
We did a little yard work today and hauled some old bricks down to the waterway. I finally got the weed patch burned and today we hauled the coals and ash to a place for the gardens. Shovels all around and a large and small wheelbarrow. After that, they swept out the treehouse and we sat around up there catching up on the gossip....and arguing about who got to sit in which chair. Sigh. We filled the bird feeders for the final time this year. I'm out of seed and am not buying any more. Good luck guys.
I guess the biggest treat was taking trips down into the woods. We rode on the riding mower down the road to
This was not at the creek, but it is so cute I had to include it. This is Ro after the first successful throw of a rock into the creek. We were under the bridge, tossing and rolling rocks into the water. I kept having flashbacks of Audra falling off the bridge foundation years ago, doing this exact same thing. No one fell in this time. Not even close.
I finally got my second wind today and convinced them they could play and run around without me joining them. I sat and watched and stomped out fires now and then, but they did they own playing. I am much better this evening than last night. I am sleeping in my own bed tonight instead of right next door to them, where I wake up every time one of them makes a sound. They're fine. I need to sleep all night.
The other fun thing we did today was to make chocolate chip cookies. It boggles my mind how much of a mess two little boys can make while baking cookies. Unbelievable. Oh well. They enjoyed themselves and the cookies were great. We had the tiny chips.
Things I've learned this week. (I used to know these, but time has erased them from my mind.)
2. When they nap, I need to nap. There will be time for reading for pleasure next week.
3. It is not necessary for the house to be cleaned up at the end of the day.
4. Keep tossing loads of laundry in all day long.
5. They can get their own drinks, clean up their messes, find their own shoes and jackets. Let them.
6. Bedtime comes earlier some nights. It will be obvious.
7. Be sure they are looking at you when you say something. If they aren't, they aren't hearing you.
Here are a couple of old cowboys, riding into the sunset. (Watching the sunset has been a big thing this week. Both boys are quite the fans of all the color. Sunrises also seem to be on the favorites list.