Day 24: A busy morning, a trip to the zoo

Yesterday while the kids were in co-op, I left them in the care of other moms and went to exchange Boy’s violin for a larger one. So this morning we needed to try it out before lesson. (Also we are still terrible at practicing every day, so we tend to have to cram before lesson. Not good!) Afterwards  we had plans to go to the zoo with some friends.

Boy's drawing in anticipation of our visit to the zoo with our friends. He loves the bird enclosures.
Boy’s drawing in anticipation of our visit to the zoo with our friends. He loves the bird enclosures.

After that Boy would have to hurry to make it to ballet with Papa (and Girl wanted to tag along to go to the bakery with Papa, per her picture list from yesterday). That meant we only had some time in the morning for home activities, but the kids managed to pack a fair amount in.

The picture-list Girl made last night of what she wanted to do today. 1) Secret thing, 2) Play with remote control truck, 3) Make pop-up house card, 4) Go to bakery with Papa
The picture-list Girl made last night of what she wanted to do today. 1) Secret thing, 2) Play with remote control truck, 3) Make pop-up house card, 4) Go to bakery with Papa. She did it all.

After breakfast and making beds, the kids stayed in their jammies for a while and did their own things. Girl played with Boy’s remote control truck (a gift from another dancer at last year’s Nutcracker performance, and a favorite), then made what she called a ‘dream factory’ in her play area, all the while singing the little songs she makes up when she plays by herself.

Girl said, “This factory makes dreams come true. This factory just made two unicorns come out of soup.”

Girl's dream factory
Girl’s dream factory

Next, Girl did some drawings of haunted houses. Her haunted house drawings have been getting more elaborate over the course of this week. Halloween really struck Girl’s fancy this year, I think.

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Girl's craft and drawing table, and a drawing of a haunted house
Girl’s craft and drawing table, and a drawing of a haunted house

Meanwhile, Boy had wanted me to sit and snuggle and read him a story before he got dressed, but he got sidetracked with his Big Book of Lego Ideas, and came out of his room a while later with this airplane and a few other things.

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Stuff Boy built today
Stuff Boy built today

And starting at breakfast time, Boy and I were working on -ture and -tion words, but today we added the -sion category as well. But we decided that 1) Boy should think of the words, and try to spell them, and 2) I would write them down for him. Here is the list for today. He probably rattled off 20 more in the car on the way to violin and the zoo, but of course I couldn’t write those down since I was driving.

Boy's word list for today.
Boy’s word list for today.

(I help sound out the syllables when he’s having a hard time figuring out what the vowels should be, and occasionally give him hints about where double consonants are, but he does a really great job with the oral spelling.) He popped in to spell other words for me a couple of times today, too, like ‘museum’ and ‘ghost’.

Boy and I sat down for violin practice with the new violin, only to discover that the shoulder rest hadn’t made it back into the case at the shop! We need to go back tomorrow morning anyway, so the owner can condition the violin now that Boy’s teacher approved it, but it made today tricky. I quickly called Boy’s teacher, and she instructed me to fold up a dishcloth and attach it to the violin with rubber bands. That worked pretty well, but still, everything about the violin and new bow felt a little different, and Boy had a hard time in practice and in lesson. (He has been crying a lot when he makes mistakes, poor kid. It will get better. Now that things have settled a bit, we should be able to get into a better practice routine. Boy has no idea what a naturally good musician he is.)

In any case, while we practiced, Girl started her pop-up house. We should finish that tomorrow. Here it is before she started decorating it.

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Girl’s pop-up house, before decorating started

My plan for the morning had been to garden with the kids, but I dropped that notion as soon as I saw that Girl had gotten beautifully dressed for the trip to the zoo (the mom is one of Girl’s favorites), even decorating her hair with a good many clippies, and I didn’t want to ask her to change or get her clothes dirty. I’m hoping for another mild day soon!

But the rest of the day went as planned. Violin lesson, zoo, ballet, Papa-Girl bakery outing, dinner, story, bed.

Tomorrow we shall be visiting the violin shop, practicing violin, meeting some friends at the library, and going to the last soccer practice of the season. And the children have announced their intention of ‘building a city.’ I’ve no idea what that means. We shall see.

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