Friday, July 8, 2016

Missing Daisy

Daisy went missing.  She was located outside, in the rain, above a booster chair, and under an umbrella.  Her shoes were missing too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ready for Kinder

Nels is in Kindergarten readiness classes this summer.  He claimed he was happy and excited to go.  He looked nervous to me.  He only had good things to say about the class and he was definitely proud of himself.  I am too!  Next time he wants to bring a backpack.  Kids these days and their fancy things.

Now Daisy was not happy about this school thing at all.  She sat next to Nels and refused to leave him.  Then she was screaming that we couldn't just leave him there.  We need to take him home!  Never thought about how attached she is to him.  They do share a room by choice and are rarely apart.  Hmm.  She's not going to like just hanging out with boring mom next year.

We went to the library while Nels was in "school".  Guy found a friend to play Battleship with while Daisy and I played some dream mystery date game.  It cheered Daisy up fast when she found her dream dress.  I found a pretty necklace card but I wasn't allowed to keep it. Playing board games with rules made up by a 3 year old is kind of sad. 

Better Builders

We haven't gone to any of the Home Depot/Lowes workshops in over a year.  Decided to try it again. Wow.  Guy didn't need any help at all.  Nels just needed his nails started.  Daisy needed a little guidance but she never took off running.  Best workshop yet. 

Beach Day

We went on a little hike.  I read about the "Hobbit Trail" in a hiking with kids book and thought that sounded great.  But I parked at the wrong spot and the most Hobbit-like family member wouldn't have made it.

As usual, it was a windy day so we weighed down some things with rocks.  Most notably, the picnic blanket.  Followed by the treasure map.  Lastly, a leaf that was blowing by.  It had to be stopped.

Kids at Play.
The boys built rivers.  Daisy built a pond.  Unfortunately her pond grew too big and right into Nels' river.  She didn't have water rights.  A rock wall was constructed.

On our way home we stopped at the carnivorous plant sanctuary for lunch.  Daisy spent the entire visit in a panic.  I didn't said anything.  She asked "Do the plants eat small children?"  I replied "Dunno."  Lunch was had, by whom I can't say.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Daisy's Animal Collection

We are two weeks into summer.  Daisy is on a tour of favorite animals.

Penguins.  She says they do not stink but they smell like fish.

Goats.  Daisy thinks being licked my a goat is better than being licked by a dog.  I believe she thinks this because a goat has not eaten her shirt before but a dog has.  Doesn't make sense, really.

A hog.  The best kinds of animals have buttons and switches.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Super Cool

Daisy loves going to the dentist.  I'm not sure if it's because of the cool sunglasses, or the Frozen movie playing, or the princess toothbrush, or the joy of acting like a lil' adult.  But she likes it.  She did have a cavity and the dentist told her he was going to put something in there that feels a little like Play-Doh and now she goes around telling people she has Play-Doh in her mouth.  That's kind of a weird thing to stay to someone.

Clean That Up

I found this picture on my phone.  It was at that time when I realized I should probably find this spill and clean it up.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Guy is a 3rd Grader

 Yesterday was Guy's last day of 2nd grade.

And obligatory picture of the beginning of second grade.

I think it was a good year.  He excels in science and math.  He's a good reader too.  P.E. and spelling have been his tricky things this year but he's showing growth all the time.  Way to go, Guy!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Begins!

Today is Guy's last day of school!  We have already starting thinking summer and so excited to begin.  The big event of the summer is Nels will be in a Kindergarten readiness class.  It's all summer long and I think he will benefit from it very much.  Guy really wants to get into Minecraft mods so we'll get him to help with building a computer and making a table for it.  Then he can get to work.  Little Daisy?  She might just be in for tagging along.  We'll see.

Last weekend was Bumper Boats!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 Things That Make Me Happy

1.  Blogging/Writing.  I enjoy looking at pictures I've taken and thinking about things I've done.  I agree memories are the most valuable thing you can carry with you.  Sadly I haven't been taking pictures lately.

2.  Reading.  I find it more rewarding than tv or video games as an escape.  I really wanted to put them both on the list but they have too much of an addictive component that can leave me feeling irritated.  So I would rather do those things instead of reading but it doesn't pay off in the long run.  Long-term happiness = reading.  I haven't been reading lately either.

3.  Painting.  Painting minis.  It's fun to do and I like looking at them when they are done.  And let's just say I haven't been doing any of this stuff.

4.  Planning Trips.  I like planning trips as much as I like taking them.  I really want to go to St. Louis.  I've planned multiple trips.  Looked at lots of maps and pictures.  When I finally go I bet I feel like I've already been there.  It might take a lot of surprise out of the trip but I feel like being overly prepared will make me more adaptable and less likely to get lost.  When I went to Berkeley I memorized the maps before I went.  Best decision ever.  Anyway, I guess this is a fun escape but it could provide to be useful someday.

5.  Decluttering/Organizing.  Once again, fun to do and I enjoy the results.  I hate actual cleaning though.

6. Thrift Shopping.  And this is why I need to declutter more.  I don't know the appeal.  I like to think I'm an anti-stuff person.  I guess it's like taking things out to borrow.  You pay a little, take some crap home, and bring it back when you are sick of it?  It's fun.

7.  Exploring.  Parks, trails, beaches.  I enjoy the change of scenery, the simplicity, the little surprises.

8.  Dining Out.  Not sure if there is anything to point out here besides the obvious.

9.  Festivals and Events.  I like that these things give me something to look forward to and they are usually all about art, education, and food.  Can't go wrong.  Until you mention parking situations and crowds....  I can handle it.  Sometimes.

10.  Vacations.  I enjoy adventures.  The bonus to vacations is after one I'm usually content to be home for awhile.