One of this week’s highlights was a rainy trip to Matthews/Winters Park, where we found all kinds of moss and lichen to ID. There were also baby snails everywhere, and the discussion about where they came from included some fairy input from the younger group members. Follow-up research on snails proved that they hatch from eggs and wasn’t quite as magical, but very explanatory. We then searched unsuccessfully for snail eggs in the water. We also ID’d some bittercress, but based on the water’s dirtiness, decided not to eat that one.
We kicked off our Wildling groups this week. The Monday crew made slime + an insane obstacle course, plus the usual social play + mayhem of volume. Wilder’s gravel slime was the most popular, even if it was an accidental addition. On Wednesday, there was whittling, carving + fort-building outdoors with an entirely new group of enthusiastic kiddos. Looks like it’ll be two fun groups this semester!
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!
First camping trip of the season! Our Wildling crew headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park for a group trip, and we had fun despite crazy winds + below-freezing temps.
We’re on the move again this week with ALL the parties! Bday parties, Super Bowl parties, sleepover parties, and a Valentine’s Day party to remember – with sack races + balloon friends (for some reason), sweets + silliness.
Whew. We’ve begun embracing the season and starting all the holiday crafts and our seasonal read-aloud, all great things!
A lovely week of crowding outdoors as much as possible, soaking up the sunshine and pretending we don’t mind that it’s a snow-less year so far.