As a kid, I loved climbing--everything. I would scale the walls of our home. I would use the bars atop my canopy bed as monkey bars. Sadly, I ruined that bed climbing it all the time. I loved climbing trees. Hey, who am I kidding--I still love climbing! Luke also is passionate about climbing. I love seeing the joy that exudes from him as he climbs. And I can most definitely relate. Although, I have to admit that every time he decides to climb a get a bit nervous that he is going to fall. I am sure my fear is exacerbated by him having two broken arms already in his life though.
|Luke and his climbing buddy, Austin.|
|Abbey and one of her friends making some soup at one of our favorite parks.|
One of the popular things for the kids to play at our house--especially when friends come over--is spies. They play with the walkie talkies that Luke got for his birthday a year or two ago. Well, all of our neighbor friends received walkie talkies as gifts for Christmas. So, they have been having a blast playing with them all together. Over the past few days, the kids have been "calling" each other on the walkie talkies, and then meeting up at our yard. Yesterday, I decided to follow the kids around and join in on the fun a bit. I used the excuse of wanting to take some pictures, but really just wanted to play alongside them. First, the kids worked on a creation Luke had started a couple of months ago. Luke had been gathering large stones and bringing them over to the sandbox a couple of months ago. I wondered what he was up to. He began building something with those rocks and a lot of sand in the sandbox. It wasn't until yesterday though that I saw his work completed. Friends, Benjamin and Jack, came over after talking on the walkie talkies and helped finish the project. The goal was to create a water-tight fort---one that would not allow any water to seep into if the area was flooded. One thing I have learned is that playing ALWAYS involves learning. It is not just fun--although it is lots of that as well. Play is a child's laboratory!
|carefully packing the fort|
|making sure it is packed tightly|
|funny conversations along the way...|
|Abbey's garbage truck was acting like a concrete mixer. She was bringing building materials to the job site.|
|Important discussions happened about the fortress's design.|
|Abbey helped with some of the design elements. She really thought the area needed some trees.|
|The fortress had a series of really neat underground tunnels.|
|Sifting some sandy onto the top.|
|Isn't their creation gorgeous?|
|The moment of truth: will the fortress withstand flooding in the river between the two buildings?|
|It worked! Awesome work kids!|
Once the kids completed that project, it was onto pretend play. One of our other neighbor friends, Kaylee, came over with her walkie talkie. The kids played a popular game they play at our house: family. They are all a part of a tribe of hunter gatherers. Today, their friend, Kaylee, was the mother of the tribe. She prepared the family's meal with the ingredients the others gathered. They gathered "wheat" and berries.
|Abbey was the sister. She was helping mom prepare the meal. As she does with me while I prepare our family meals, she did lots of chatting.|
|gathering wheat in the field|
It was such a fun afternoon. So although being with my kids all day can be difficult at times, there is also so much simple joy in it! In ways, I get to be a kid again!