Dirt, Fish, Penguins, Bare feet, Chores, and Bikes
Photoblog of Our Most Recent Adventures
Both Barefoot and Otherwise
Why would anyone not like it? Well….do you remember when Joshua was ages 1-5, and he was obsessed with ALL animals? Remember how he could tell you every species of whale and what it ate at age 3?
It’s exciting for him to see these animals that he’s read about all of his life, but once he has seen them, he’s done. No need to stare at something for 2 whole minutes. Let’s keep this show moving. That’s just Joshua’s personality.
He has to be constantly doing. It’s a wonderful trait. He gets that from Alan. Alan is so bummed when we approach a weekend with no plans made.
I am euphoric when we approach a weekend with no plans made.
In fact, in recent weeks, I have enjoyed a little front porch sittin’ every day.
As soon as we arrived, Daniel exclaimed, “Penguins! Penguins! I want to see the penguins!”
It reminded me of when we took Joshua to an aquarium, when he was five. My cousin Amber met us there. We walked in, and Joshua was all, “Whale shark. Whale shark. Where’s the whale shark? I want to see the whale shark. Is it over there? Is it in here? Let’s go. Let’s go see the whale shark.”
Amber pulled out her map and said to me, “Well, we’d better go see this whale shark first. Let me find it on this map.”
Wise words. We would’ve been listening to that all day.
So fast-forward four years. We made a bee-line for the penguins. Everyone else’s wish list could wait. No one can obsess and broken-record insist like a pre-schooler!
Did you know that JD takes his shoes off everywhere we go and walks around barefoot? I don’t let him do this in indoor public places (mostly), but walking in grass is good for you. No, you can’t convince me otherwise. It’s good for the soul, so he pulls off those shoes every time.
My neighbor was out of town, so she let Joshua water them. This is the kind of chore that children LOVE. After all, there’s water involved!
We do actually have a “school garden” this year to go along with science. We are growing watermelons and potatoes, but I put them so far from my line of vision that I only water them about twice a week, not nearly enough. They looked so sad by the time Dan and Caleb watered them today.
I’m convinced that hard work develops good character.
I can’t tell you how bad I felt about this mistake!
As I showed the boys the blog, I congratulated Caleb on this super-cool robot drawing. Caleb looked confused. “I don’t remember drawing that.”
“Hey!” Joshua chimed in, “I drew that!”
“Oh no! I’m so sorry, Joshua!! I’ll post a correction on my blog. I feel so bad about that!”
Now that I know, it makes way more sense. This is more characteristic of Joshua’s art: asymmetrical and TONS of tiny details.
Alan found this, EMPTY, on the kitchen counter and asked me, “Did you drink ALL of this?”
See, I never ever finish any drink. I don’t do this on purpose. It just happens, or rather, it doesn’t happen.
“Yeah. I guess I must have.”
“Are you sure Daniel didn’t drink any? Because it is 10pm, and he’s going wild up there.”
“Hmm. No, I think I drank it all.”
The next morning, Daniel confessed: “Me found your coke in the kitchen last night, and me drink it all. heheheheheheh”
“What! Well, that does explain a lot.”
I hope you all have a fun week! I hope it cools off for all of us soon! When did I become such a cold weather fan??