Once we dropped Alec off we headed to a nearby park we had spotted the day before on our way to the zoo and the other boys played. It was a hot and sunny day but luckily there was a nice breeze around. The boys had so much fun playing on the playground and met another family with three boys ages 3, 6, & 8 and they happily played together talking all about Pokémon. We reluctantly said goodbye when it was time to go pick up Alec.
Alec made another bird masterpiece today-- a bluebird in a dogwood tree! Alec was particularly proud of the fact that he was finished his painting BEFORE class time ended. He struggles with time management and was the last one to leave yesterday so I understood why he was so proud of that fact. I think I need to get some tracing paper, graphite paper, canvas and paint into this house ASAP!
We just about finished our Percy Jackson book on CD so we stopped by the library on the way home and picked up the next book in the series. We had a few books to drop off and Ian found a book or two he wanted to check out while we were there. He ended up reading Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! on the way home. The boys played around the house for a bit and Ian rearranged and cleaned his room. He's trying very hard to get everything organized.
We headed out for another night of karate & board breaking fun. Since Evan was the only one who had class Alec brought his book with him and finished reading The Secret Zoo book 2. Ian worked on the kindle and his Minecraft game for most of the class but often watched what was going on. Evan was excited that he was able to break the board with his foot this time. The class was actually pretty small so they were able to get a lot done in a short amount of time. The power was out and so it was a bit darker in the dojang than usual; it was also a bit hotter since the air conditioner wasn't working either (obviously) so they got out of class a few minutes early. A good portion of the town was without power so there were traffic cops around at all the stop lights. The boys thought that was pretty exciting but we all agreed that those poor cops must have been quite hot!
After karate we headed to my mother in laws cottage for dinner and the boys had fun swimming, checking on the baby & mama bird (that is in a nest near the house), playing cards, riding the jet ski and making up games of their own. Alec is really getting obsessed with card games and played 5 hands of Uno, a round of rummy, and a few games of spider solitaire on his grandmother's computer. My mother in law was trying to clean up some of the brush around the lake and Ian helped trim the branches smaller using some clippers. He also helped her trek most of the branches up from the beach and piled them all near the fireplace. All the boys helped clean up the dinner table too. They're used to letting their grandmother do most everything for them and she willing does but I'm trying to instill in them that the older they get the more they should be doing FOR HER so I felt a small little victory over the fact that they all helped out at least a little.