We’ve been busy, with all the little things and a few big ones.
swimming with friends in the hot springs
finishing our audiobook The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
picking out legos from bulk lots
learning about elections in the U.S. and talking about the process and the people involved
playing Minecraft and building and dreaming so many ideas up for it together
playing soccer with Dad
playing Connect Four and Carcassonne and Exploding Kittens and WildCraft and Race for the Galaxy and War
working on making a mask from a doodle crate gift Lilah received recently (I think she’s making a wolf mask) with a plastic mask base you shape, then cover in foil and plastic, then cover in paper mache and finally she will paint the dried paper mache mask
visiting a brand new library just blocks from our house!!! The kids each got their own library card and checked out books. Gavin brought home a Lego idea book and Lilah brought home a book about rocks.
We’ve been celebrating Grandpa’s birthday with Gavin creating a game for him and building it and writing up the instructions with Dad and then trying it out with Grandpa. He made a board out of cardboard and used little plastic army men and a purple die that he got at the skating rink for this very purpose.
We’ve been playing with friends (human and animal) at the farm
cleaning our house
building a house for our cats, refining it, observing the cats in it, adding toys and stickers
creating new lego designs based on books and otherwise
enjoying the first warm, sunny days of the year at various parks and gardens, with and without friends. They’ve been having opportunities lately to play with much younger kids (being the oldest) and that has been both fun and challenging. I’m so glad they have these kinds of opportunities!
We’ve been practicing a play at their scout meeting
doing the important work of playing, navigating challenges with differing degrees of confidence and happiness and enjoying each other and the world.
At the moment I write this, the kids are setting up for a game where each of them has a pillow and an umbrella in their bases and they try to hit the other’s area with a squishy ball.