We managed to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms that plagued us last year, and spent 8-9 hours outside every day. Coming home after that to iPads and video games feels like a letdown to me. The kids are super excited for online play, where I’m ready to move to the woods!
I will always love outdoor concerts more, but this AJR event was so exactly what we needed too. The kids’ first official concert that wasn’t bringing a blanket somewhere to ostensibly listen to music near a playground.
Last week felt like the longest one in a while. George got promoted, so we started out with a small celebration. More fun than stressful, plus the house was cleaned early!
As spring continues, our focus seems to be shifting into physicality, any activity that requires body movement in some way. Definitely the trampoline is a daily outlet all year, but now it’s been a joy to get outside on bicycles or on foot, and no one seems to mind a lap around the ‘hood. Particularly in the rain!
The week of science experiments, if ever there was one. From DIY egg dye to rocket launching, we did them ALL.
Rosetta managed several projects this week, including making bags to give out to the homeless people we see when we’re driving. She loves making these + has been asking. She and a friend organized this together. We shopped together and split the cost, then the girls packed the bags up with healthy food, snacks and hygiene supplies. Another one, seen below, is tree painting.
We did some silly things in the wind – shooting archery! fly fishing! making mobiles! – and wished we hadn’t. Even if I’m not quite ready for them, our indoor activities felt less frustrating.
We spent the week stacking new habits onto old ones, aiming for a little bit more structure each week until we ramp up to our full fall schedule.
When we have a fun, outdoorsy week like this one, I’m so thankful our summers don’t end with butts in desks.