-1-Recently, I wanted to keep both kids awake during their usual nap time, so they would fall asleep early at bedtime. Somehow bedtime just creeps later and later, so every now and then I need to reset it. Anyway, I gave them each a tablespoon and turned the faucet on just a tiny bit. I figured this would buy me half an hour or so before I'd need another distraction. TWO HOURS! Occasional squawks of protest if one invaded the other's area, but overall a peaceful two hours.
We made more friends today! After First Friday Mass and Adoration, the local homeschool group had their end of the year picnic. I am thankful to be part of such a welcoming group. Both kids attracted some babysitter-age admirers and had a blast. Anne was asleep within about two minutes of settling down for rest time with her brother not far behind.
Tonight was the kick-off of Canal Days, the major festival in our small town. We heard the local concert band and an a capella group perform; both were quite talented. The venue was about 20 feet from the railroad tracks, so the freight trains occasionally interrupted the music. The concert band adjusted by playing Chattenooga Choo-Choo every time they came through. It amused me each time.
One of the things I like about living here is the level of autonomy given to kids. It is common to see groups of kids out riding their bikes in the afternoons, maybe around age nine and older. Tonight at the festival, there were many groups of middle and high schoolers out enjoying themselves without adult supervision. The kids, in turn, lived up to the expectations that they could behave appropriately.
This week was zoo week. We haven't done much official school work, but we did go to the zoo! He learned about wood ducks and even fed a mallard. He has since been pointing out the mallards he sees on the canal. Yesterday, we even saw a mother duck with six tiny ducklings. Maybe I'll just call this duck week, instead.
When we got back from the picnic today, Peter did not want to go to bed.
P: "But Mommy, I want to play more. Please?"
me: "No, it's rest time. We can play later."
A: "More! More! More! More! Peeeeeeeeease?"
And so it begins...
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