Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Day 126: Ben Franklin

Day 2 of the Very Cold Week.

We should have had Geography Club today, but our host family has been sick, so we’re skipping this week. It’s snowing now, so co-op has already been cancelled for tomorrow.

Papa had errands to run today, and I wanted to get things cleaned up a bit, so our plan was to just let the kids play, with a little violin practice and math.

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This is the 'owl roost' that Boy built for Girl, and they were playing with it this morning.
This is the ‘owl roost’ that Boy built for Girl, and they were playing with it this morning.

First thing this morning, Boy asked me to read to him about Benjamin Franklin. I’m not sure whether to credit an exceptionally engaging book, or just the content of Franklin’s life, but this is the most interested Boy has been in a historical figure. Our book calls him ‘Ben’ but Boy doesn’t like that. He thinks it’s more polite and respectful to call him Benjamin Franklin.

While I was reading to Boy, Girl made this drawing of girls who live in the 'Redwoods' using some of her stickers.
While I was reading to Boy, Girl made this drawing of girls who live in the ‘Redwoods’ using some of her stickers.

Right after Papa left on errands, I got a message from a neighbor that she really needed a sitter for her son for a couple of hours; this boy is also eight, but he and Boy had never met. They both like Legos, and seemed to get along just fine.

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While the boys played Legos, Girl set up this tea party right next to them.
While the boys played Legos, Girl set up this tea party right next to them.

After lunch we read some more Ben Franklin and did a little bit of violin, but Boy was having a hard time today with it. And he wasn’t very happy that we didn’t go to ballet because of the snow. Tomorrow I’ll try to sit down and do ballet and math with him in the morning and see if he’s a little cheerier.  I think he just wants to do his Things. Tomorrow I think we might also try to make tortillas, and that should be fun.

Day 125: A Very Cold Week

Today, Sunday, was the first cold day of our Very Cold Week.

Boy had a birthday party today, a Really Perfect Party for Boys who love Nerf guns, with kids and big brothers and dads running around outside in the cold, having a battle. Boy’s gun kept jamming, and every male member of our host family unjammed it for him at one point or another. He particularly liked shooting at the targets, and used his ‘scope’ to hit the center a number of times.

Girl stayed home with Papa, and they watched some television together and had snacks first. Papa likes to find women’s sports for Girl to watch–today it was Judo and weight-lifting. She said later that a 5ft tall girl lifted 200 lbs, and showed me exactly how she did it (which was frankly adorable). Then I guess Girl said she wanted to do stickers, and Papa said she sat for more than an hour at her little table in the sunny living room, humming and singing to herself with the dog lying next to her on the floor, putting stickers on paper, creating stories about the stickers in her mind.

Other than that, all day, Boy and Girl were completely in their own world of play. I-Spy, bristle blocks and laughter, only a wee bit of fighting. Among other things, Boy made Girl a roost for her owl.

(Oh, and evidently if Boy and Girl are playing I-Spy and Mumma is the answer, then the answer to “Is it round?” is yes.)