|The same heron flew into a tree|
|This tree had most of it's roots showing; the dirt was washed away|
|We assumed this was some sort of nature sculpture|
|We observed the crumbling brick tower on an old mill|
|One side of the falls|
|A hidden space in the grove of trees|
|climbing on rocks|
|white ducks-- Alec insisted he's never seen white ones before|
|The ducks walked right up to us|
|Throwing bread to the ducks|
|can you see the little birds getting bread?|
|A sculpture that the boys all thought meant family, friends and love|
We listened to Percy Jackson in the car and put in the second to last CD today. After our errands and our walk we stopped at the library to drop off a bunch of books and then headed home for lunch. Ian was showing me his completed two decker RV and explaining where everything was located. Once we were all sitting down, I read a chapter in Harry Potter and then we all got back in the car and went to drop my oldest son off at work. He worked from 1- 5 helping out around his grandfather's shop doing odd jobs and earning money.
The younger boys and myself came home and headed outside. Evan went swimming and Alec tried his hand at a new type of art. I had ordered him a bunch of supplies after his art class ended last week and I found an engraving art set with a peacock. He practiced for a while on the practice sheet but found the actual peacock a bit harder to engrave. He tried to start just scraping all the black off thinking that the picture was underneath but once I explained to him that there is just a thin coating of black paint over a rainbow background he took his time and engraved very slowly watching his peacock picture emerge. He made a rainbow over the peacocks head and was amazed at how long it took to scrape the picture out with such precision.
Evan worked on his handstands in the water. He tried staying under water longer, doing handstands out deeper in the water, keeping his feet together and his legs straighter. He also brought a hollow blue plastic pipe into the water and tried to stand on it while balancing. He experimented with moving the pipe deeper into the water too and seeing if it was easier to balance when he was shallow or out deep.
|showing me the tube|
|Standing on the tube and balancing himself|
The boys played on the swing set for a bit before we had to get ready for karate. Evan had his last class with projectile weapons for the week and was disappointed that he had forgotten to wear socks and closed toed shoes since all the kids who did have close toed shoes got to try their hand with throwing stars outside. He had to content himself with using the blow darts again today. He was able to hit the board today so that practicing must have paid off!
After karate, we had a quick dinner and then Ian went with his dad to work at his great aunt's house. The younger two boys sat at the table and Alec worked some more on his peacock. Evan thought it looked really neat and wanted to try one too so I gave him a penguin page and a brief lesson in how to do it. I warned him that the box says for ages 8 and up so it might be a bit to hard for him but he was willing to give it a try. I could see him concentrating really hard but he got frustrated after trying for a while. It's not as easy as it looks to get all the black paint flecked off and a few times he went right through the silver backing to the white paper too.