Thursday, June 22, 2017

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring?

Our exceptionally rainy year continues.  May came with some teasers for sunny weather. According to Western Washington law, we spent lots of time outside every time the sky cleared.  
 The temperatures reached the mid fifties, so shorts came out of storage.  Jared is trying to convince me that he should start band a year younger than the school district offers it.  After hearing his first few attempts at music, I'm not sure I will ever have the patience to allow him to take band.  My mom is a saint from heaven to let me live after I chose to play French Horn.
 Sammy is quite good at producing sound from my instrument.  I may never get another chance to play it myself, since all of the kids come running and insist on having a turn whenever it comes out.
 Our school curriculum brought us to the Elizabethan era, so we made crowns.  Jared still claims to be opposed to everything that could be called a craft, but he usually participates anyway, and sometimes he even enjoys himself (just don't point out that he is having fun).

 B and Sammy love to put diapers on their heads.  I'm seriously hoping that our diapering days are numbered, even if it means an end to our diaper hat days.
 We were at the park with friends when some thunderheads rolled in.  Accustomed to Seattle dreariness as our kids are, they didn't know what to make of thunderheads.  They were ready to jump on their bikes and rush home when the downpour started, but we waited it out under cover.  They were shocked that I had been right about the storm being short lived.  Yep.  Mom's a genius.
 We hung a hammock/ baby wrap carrier under our craft table.  Sammy is lucky to have so many older siblings who love to help him get into it.
 Sammy taught us a family home evening lesson about our bodies.  I was quizzing him on his body parts before he started, and I asked him what his belly button is.  He looked at it, thought for a second, and said, "Ummmmm. . . my finger fits!"  His vocabulary development has been huge over the past few months.
 We had another family home evening at the park next to Daddy's office.  We can't seem to get dressed properly for the weather.  When we wear shorts, we end up with winter coats over the top of them.
 When we wear fleece lined pants, we sweat all day.  That was Eloise at the Seattle Center on May 9.  We met some friends at the Pacific Science Center so that we could take the older kids to an IMAX movie, and the younger kids to the preschool planetarium show.  The Knight kids had really wanted to play on the Seattle Center playground outside of the Museum of Pop Culture.  B struggled at the playground because his friend James was confident and strong enough to climb to the top of the towering play structure, but B didn't have the skills to reach the top.  After about five tries and some tears, he decided that he would be okay playing with Sammy on the toddler playground.  My attempt to get a group picture on the swing was a bust.  B spent the whole time trying to get Sammy to look, until Sammy got annoyed and bailed out of the swing.
 I don't think these kids have ever been unhappy about being at a playground.
 B weighs 40 lbs. on earth, and 1092 lbs. on the sun.
 As always, Eloise's favorite part of the science center is the tidepools.
 May 10 was sunny, too, so we met the Christensens at Juanita Bay Park to look for turtles.
Things are always fun and exciting with the Christensens.  Sammy discovered the art of mom baiting.  He kept running away to see how far he could get me to chase him.
 When we reached Shakespeare in our history book, I checked out a tall stack of books of Shakespeare stories retold for children.  I settled on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the story most likely to hold the attention of my group of kids.  I gave them each an outline of a human form and assigned them a character.
 After I read them a storybook version of the play, they wrote and performed their own version of the final scene with their puppets.  It was chaotic, but they all really enjoyed it.  It was a great way to pass a damp morning.
 For mother's day, Eloise made Grandma Jill a pop-up card.  It had a picture of Eloise and Grandma. In between them was a pile of presents that Eloise would give Grandma if she could.  I think it was just about the cutest thing ever.
My mother's day/birthday gift from my family was a trip to Hawaii with Annette and Colette!  If my birthday has to fall the same week as mother's day, I guess one mega gift is an acceptable alternative to two smaller gifts.  I was surprised and ecstatic to get such an awesome gift, and looking forward to warming up a little under the Hawaiian sun.  

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