i anticipated some moments of deep boredom and welcomed some humdrum whether due to thundershowers or heat setting a lazy pace. the older boy mastered shuffling cards and is now joker rummied out after numerous games with grandma P and neighbors. i look forward to him tiring of battleship next. the “mud kitchen” went through various stages of play and the boys were delighted to make grandma’s garden green juice before mama questioned the safety of giving the children a meat grinder to play with!*?
the older boy helped make bubble wands,the younger ones played with them and i’m still working out a good bubble to water to glycerin/corn syrup ratio. Thank you to my dear friend Michelle for the idea some time ago.
“home” he said. grandma’s seashell collection is quite impressive;
as is her marble collection;
“i’m holding myself upside down” he said.
these fun glasses took far longer than anticipated and i managed to only complete 3 pairs as opposed to the plenty i had hoped to gift to all the kids we played with over the days;
nothing is ever boring with grandma P around. the kids both get such a kick out of his photograph;
driving the crowsnest Hwy 3 i’ve come to know the hairpin turns and steep inclines that lead me in an easterly direction to converge with Hwy 97 at which point i breathe deep the familiar smell of approaching home. it is a combination of scents mixing sage brush in the dry heat with the larger component of lake water. the olfactory experience reaps nostalgia for me, some with fondness and others not so much but i appreciate it for what it is and it is everywhere as the lake irrigates the surrounding orchards (well more vineyards now) and fields of potential feasts that feed me. plunging into the lake refreshes me of the semi desert heat waves but i waver along the shore wishing for stillness if the breeze blows cool from the north. i long for the fine balance and hold fast to those perfect moments. i love summer.
Little M naps long in the afternoons which both keeps us home from other explorations and allows for quieter project time for me and my older boy, together and/or apart.
popsicle puzzles – self explanatory for making your own. it didn’t feel right to cut up peoples face but i did find some animal photos about. Also the larger popsicle sticks (or tongue depressors) would work well for littler folk.
finger strings – the kids were just getting into this in school before summer break. i ordered this book recently and Little A is completely immersed in it. i love how it is something that he can do on his own and also how it engages others with stories, tricks and 2 person games.
sweet times to indulge in while the littlest one sleeps;