We had our annual visit with my best friend from across the country. They stayed 2 nights. As per usual, the weather did not cooperate. Still, we managed some outside activities and introduced them to geocaching. We filled the remainder of our indoor time with a play, and many board games. The kids got along really well this time, too.
I am always complaining about my husband's phone, or rather, about him being distracted by and attached to his phone. However, his attachment does have some benefits. He always has it when a picture opportunity is presented. Here are some pictures taken from his phone over the last year - 6 months.
|Did I mention that this girl loves to dress up.|
|I have no idea when this was taken. Perhaps in February when we visited the local science place.|
|Ah yes, the tree. We came across this tree when trying to find a place to eat. This is located at our favorite beach town, which also boasts our favorite toy store and is somewhat mid way to my sister.|
|This was is May of 2012. I believe this is the week of our 10 year anniversary.|
|LBB laceration after falling from his bike. He required on stitch. The nurse suggested that my husband and I should sit down in case we felt faint. Ha. I do not think this will be our last stitch in this guy.|
|Our local story time had some old fashioned games. These two managed to get in the local paper with this one.|
|Builder was not interested in participating. Animal was game, though. He had a great time.|
The crank level around here lately has been at an all time high. The three boys have been fighting like crazy. Full on hitting, kicking fighting. They were arguing with me and just being all around nasty. I was trying to empathize and reason with them. Nothing was working. So, what is a momma to do. Ha. Cut out TV. Yup. Within a day, the fighting decreased dramatically. They would still disagree with each other and argue, but the hitting and kicking is almost gone. The twins are now including LBB in their play. Oh and the play has increased of course. I had a couple of medieval craft books sitting on the craft table for 2 weeks. They were still untouched. They finally looked at them and started creating. They made catapults and a kings tent. They decorated. We visited the library and took out even more crafting books: origami, clay, felting. Fun, fun. Several times a day, they still ask for TV and melt down when I say no. They have their pout session. Then they ask me to help them sew a teddy bear, or read a book. It is nice to have my little people back. The transformation is amazing and well worth the few meltdowns over no TV. I much prefer this way of life to the none stop fighting.
|They even helped LBB make a blow gun.|
|The kings tent, which later turned into a circus tent with juggling ferocious tigers and venomous snakes. Eek.|
We visited our first local museum about a month ago and the kids have been asking to go to another. This one was really neat with a tent city to show various Gold Rush Scenes. The kids are really into this and patiently listen to the guides and even ask questions.