Friday, June 5, 2015

Park Days and Mom's Musings

Reflecting on our day:
There are days when it is so apparent to me that we're really living the good life.

Now I'm not talking about rolling in dough, taking lots of fancy & lavish vacations, or any of that sort of stuff, but we're blessed to be living such an enriched life full of family, friends, and good times.

We spent our afternoon at the park, sitting in the shade of the tree, playing and visiting with friends both old and new.  We were relaxed, laughing, and resting.

It was one of those times when I just didn't want to see it all end.  I sat there thinking about just how many of these days we have and couldn't help but think how lucky we are.

It's a blessing most days to be able to spend so much time with my boys and meet so many amazing families that just "get" us and support us and lift us up when we might be floundering.

When I add in the fact that my kids are healthy, happy and thriving I'm humbled.

When I realized that we not only had a fun, relaxing day but we learned too and I'm ecstatic!

Releasing our ladybugs:
We started our day releasing our ladybugs.  I'm not sure when they all hatched since I only had noticed two or three of them the other day but our ladybug habitat was crawling with them this morning.  We decided to release them in our garden and helped many of them onto flowers and plants.  We had such a great time raising and releasing our bugs.  They were so easy to take care of and so educational too! We got them from Insect Lore and we just love their products.        

Alec reached right in and let them crawl up and down his arm, turning his hands this way and that watching them, feeling them tickle, and saying goodbye to them.  We weren't sure if all of the ladybugs had hatched yet so we replaced the cover and brought our dome back into the house for another few days.

Helping the ladybug find a good flower

Playing Harry Potter Scene it: 
 We ran a quick errand to meet a homeschooling mom and buy her old Harry Potter Scene It game.  I had thought to keep it as a Christmas gift but couldn't bear to keep it from the boys that long.  They were so excited that they asked to play the game the moment we walked in the door.

We all had such a great time; we modified portions of the game when there was a spelling or reading portion that Evan couldn't yet do but for the most part we just played the regular long version of the game.  We did have to stop part way through to eat lunch and I offered to read another chapter in The Phantom Tollbooth but the minute we were done eating we resumed the game.

In playing, I realized that my kids are Harry Potter experts!  They remembered things and characters and events better than I could (and I've been a Harry Potter fan since the first book came out!).  

They often shouted out the answers at the exact same time as one another and we'd have to have another tie breaker question.  It was a long game but Alec finally won (the rest of us were only 4-5 spaces away so any roll might have changed the outcome).  I'm pretty sure if we hadn't had to leave to head to the park we might have played another round.   I think we're going to be getting a lot of use out of this game.

Heading to the Park: 
We listened to our book on CD in the car while heading to the park.  The boys played around with the new Minecraft updates they downloaded yesterday while listening and Ian eagerly caught puffer fish with his new fishing pole (both new additions from yesterday that he's trying to master).

We were the first from our group to arrive at the park and picked a nice shady spot under a tree to sit and relax.  The younger boys went running around the playground up and down the slides, using the swings, climbing, and doing all those fun things that kids do on the playground.

We had a good 8 or 10 families show up; some pretty brand new to homeschooling and all us moms settled under the tree to chat and gab.  We exchanged stories and advice on homeschooling, parenting, our kids, and whatever other topics came up.  We watched the kids playing and the various groups that naturally break off and reform as the afternoon plays out.

My kids often relaxed in the shade with their friends under a separate tree.  Ian relaxed and took a short nap and enjoyed talking with some of the moms.

Some of the kids (a few of mine included) decided to cool off in the splash park and got nice and soaked.

That's when it hit me that we'd had a perfectly perfect day and I'm pretty sure we're lucky enough to have more than our fair share of those.

Brothers and friends! 


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