good for "hmmm.. this vase needs some fresh roses."
and "I've been meaning to make some new prayer (meditation) beads..."
I think Maddie had like five projects today before I started taking notice.
(I had my own lovely projects, and was not paying close attention to hers. I do that some times.)
one of them was story-telling to her daddy while she was wearing one of her mama's best hats.
late this morning we found ourselves just over-brimming with rambunctious energy, so we decided that a hike up in the mountains was just the thing. since we didn't have unlimited time, as Eric was due to work in a few hours, we opted for our closest neighborhood canyon.
on the way up we played a "maybe" game.
"what do you think we'll find or see today?"
"maybe we'll find amonite fossils!"
"maybe we'll find an allosaurus tooth!"
"maybe we'll find bear or mountain lion tracks."
"maybe we'll find wild berries."
"maybe we'll find a snake's skin."
we did find a few things.
we found acorns
and wild licorice
and solomon's seal
and wild catnip
we found squirrels.
and centipedes and milipedes
and lava rocks
and the last flowers of the year.
we climbed -
this climbing wall is about sixty feet highreal walls.
and after promising ourselves that we would go back on wednesday to spend the whole day,
we made our way back down into our valley (just a few quick minutes to home).
after a little while had passed at home with individual pursuits and rest, we came together again... as we always do.
Trev and I played a few games of mancala.
and Bridges (it's like Hex).
and then we got out our library's copy of The Book of When. love this book.
today we learned about such things as
When does my face turn red?
When should we disobey rules?
When did we realize that children are people?
When did we start burying the dead?
When will I stop being jealous?
When was school made compulsory?
When did people start paying for things with money?
When do we need to wash our hands?
(We skipped over such interesting things as "When does life start?" and "When was Santa Claus born?" because Trevelyn has already read most of the book by himself...)
But we got to read together "When is there war?"
When are we too fat, too tall, or too short?
When do languages die?"
and finally "When will space stop growing?"
Sounds interesting, no?
there's been dress -up for animal friends
and Zoo Tycoon
and hidden pictures.
amdray research has also been a part of the day today.
er - that would be American Dragon, Jake Long, of course.
we had imagined that we had a lot more things left in us - baking and biking, jumping and venturing....
but it turns out we didn't.
so we'll just leave those things there for next time.
life is good.
and just right.