1. Puzzling. Out of the blue, Hunter decided he wanted to try "The Brady Bunch" 500 piece puzzle that I had gifted myself a couple of years ago. I had not put it or the "Cheers" and "Happy Days" puzzles together yet because we had a toddler in the house and no where to leave the puzzle while we worked on it so that it would be out of his way. But these days, he's not interested in eating our puzzles or throwing the pieces away so we decided to sacrifice part of our dining room table to put together the puzzle. It went really well. In only three days we had completed the puzzle. We would work on it together, separately... it was a family affair. One night I even worked on it while also watching "The Guild" on Netflix (with headphones) just because I could. It was great fun and now we are on a mission to find even more awesome 500 piece puzzles. Might hit up the thrift stores soon!
2. Barbie goes into labor. Hunter and Ronin periodically drag all of this stuff out of Ronin's closet and have a day of Barbie play. Typically they have a party with the Barbies but last week, instead of a party, Barbie and Ken were having a baby. And that process included trying some interesting (and surprisingly accurate) labor induction techniques to bring on the breaking of water and the beginning of contractions. They also set up an area for Ken to hang out because Barbie wanted him nearby but not too close. When I asked why Barbie was having a hospital birth they explained that Barbie just isn't the type of person who would give birth at home. Hmph.
3. Taylor Swift birthday party. Both big kids were invited to attend a friend's 9th birthday party with a Taylor Swift theme. They put a lot of thought into what to buy their friend as a gift and they ended up getting her a Friends Lego set. Ronin decided to go with the fashion design one because they know that their friend loves costuming. Ronin got all dressed up in one of her special outfits and her brand new big girl high heels.
|Big Girl going to a party|
4. Reading. This past week Hunter finished "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I've read it to him before. His dad has read it to him before. But a couple of months ago he decided he would read it himself. And he did. It was sorta slow but I love that a little over a year ago, he could barely read at all and now he's reading entire books that are on a 5th grade reading level. We've done nothing more with him other than making sure we visit the library as often as possible where he has free range of any book he would like. And ensuring that we strew the environment with lots of interesting reading material (like "The Simpsons" comics). Of course I've continued to read to him almost daily. Ronin took a break from reading but was suddenly inspired to pick up a Juney B. Jones book this week and has read most all of it.
|Reading their new "Adventure Time" comics on Free Comic Book Day|
|The cast of Noah's Rainbow playing baseball after a rehearsal. I hit a home run!|
|Ronin during Noah's Rainbow dress rehearsal. She's part of the red in the rainbow.|
|Beauty and the Beast rehearsal. This is one of the village scenes.|
|His great aunt and uncle came through town and stopped for a visit. Here he is demonstrating his archery skills for them.|
|Grandpa showing Hunter how to use his new big kid archery set.|
Hunter and Ronin found a tiny dead baby bird and gave it a funeral. Ronin made this marker for it's grave than Hunter dug. She found a book with a duck in it to help her with the drawing. You can see that I didn't help with the spelling.
|Recycyling from my cleaning spree.|
We continue to meet every Thursday with our friends. We are meeting at a different park right now and we've been including short hikes in our time together. The older kids want to return to the other park but the smaller kids seem to be enjoying the new one. I suppose they are all learning about compromise and meeting the needs of everyone in a group.
|Drayken, Elijah, and Owen throwing rocks into water.|
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