Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Tree sweater

"Mom? How about you knit a sweater for this tree? Sometimes I wear my short pants and I want to climb the tree. When I do the tree scrapes my knees on the bark. See? But if you put a sweater on it it would be smooth and not hurt me. See? It would just be this part. You only need to knit a sweater on this part."

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Knitting project

I'm knitting a lovely shawl and about halfway done.  I took pride in dealing with a tricky part so I made a video to share.  Thought I'd post it here too for kicks.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Jackism

Ben forwarded me this explanation from Jack this morning:

"When you have a swim shirt and swim pants, together they make a swim suit.  It's called symbiosis.  Why are you laughing?  That's what it's called when two things work together to make something better!"

Indeed, Jack.  Clever boy.

Pics from the park this evening.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A summer day's activities

Some shots from today.

Brotherly love and hygiene.
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Sam very clearly called out "giraffe giraffe!" when we got here.

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This was the boys for most of the outing.  Seriously.  Jack playing map master, looking at the pictures on it more than the actual animals, and Sam distracted by potholes, geese, and railings. 

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I can't believe we've been to the zoo so many times and he's never climbed the hippo!

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They wanted the train but it was down for repairs.  Sam is starting to wear out. 

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Not pictured: 2 hour naps, dinner, and going to the gym.  Ben really earned his Father's Day mojo by squeezing in playtime with this before bed:

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Heritage Square

I threw ideas at Ben for what to do with our Saturday.  Zoo?  Swimming?  Playgrounds?  Each met with a meh.  Later a commercial at the gym inspired me.  Alpine slide?  His eyes lit up and he gave a firm yes.

So much fun!  Jack was scared, then brave, then scared going into it.  He enjoyed the chair lift up the mountain.  He patiently waited our turn to go down.  I asked if he wanted to go slooooow or fast! Slow, he insisted.  I told him I would start off medium and he could tell me to go slower or faster as we went.  Right off the summit he started chanting "Faster! Faster! Faster!"  We had a slow poke in front of us so halfway down the mountain I had to brake slowly to build up space, then rushed him through the curves.  "This is the best of my life!" he yelled at one point.

I love Ben's description of Sam.  Sam is not good at waiting in any form.  The final queue while sitting in the sleds was agony for him.  Ben said after we went down, he was all wiggles waiting for their turn.  Wiggle wiggle wiggle wig-- Then he froze in that position as Ben dived down, and he held the pose the whole way in shock.  He seemed really happy with the ride at the end.

You can't take a five year old through an amusement park and not let him do a few more rides.  Even if they are grossly overpriced.  Ben vowed to take him to Lakeside again this summer and have his fill of rides there.

(sorry, I think I smudged sunscreen on my phone and it made all the pictures blurry)

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When Dad dresses you

You get mismatched patterns, boots on a sunny day, syrup left in hair, and a happy boy.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Oy, it's tough getting back to normal.  The kids transitioned well from all access grandparents to military mommy mode.  The only notable thing really was that Sam wanted to be in my arms all the time.  I don't know if that's because he was carried a lot while gone, or if he misses me.  I'm going to go with he misses me. 

Creekside Cubs summer camp, gym trips, home cooking (love Blue Apron!), and Sam has a fever.  Things are back to square one in the Mason house.