You can’t keep a teacher from teaching!

Can you believe it is already Wednesday?!?!  Time is flying by for us.  I guess that means we are having fun!  Two randoms before I share what adventure we had today…

{ONE}

I’m loving this new dessert of plain yogurt, two spoonfuls of our homemade strawberry jelly, and a spoonful of chocolate morsels {special dark to be exact}.  Mix and enjoy!  I’ve had that the past couple days for something sweet with a handful of the Cinnamon School House Cookies from Trader Joe’s.  So satisfying!

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{TWO}

I finished my book, Spring Chicken.  Click here to see book on Amazon and read reviews.  This book focused on the aging process and the science behind *trying* to beat the aging process.  Very detailed!  I enjoyed reading in-depth discussions of the history of aging products, tried-and-true healthy living, and then some surprising suggestions.

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Okay, here was our day today!

I started off with a jog/run with Roscoe the Dog and followed that with a breakfast with my main squeeze, the little Mr. Leatherbury.  Then, we “played school.”  I introduced the letter Mm.  We looked at some pictures of things beginning with the /m/ sound.  Next, we listed to the letter on Starfall.  Great site for primary grades!  Especially PK-1!  We went back to the table to pick out some “M’s” from a group of other random letters.  We read a page in our Chesapeake Bay ABC book for the letter and counted how many muskrats were on the page.  In case you don’t have a clue what this m word is, click here to read about muskrats and see a picture.  We also worked together to make a monkey mask.  I love some alliteration, thank you very much.  This took a grand total of 30ish minutes.  Probably less.  I think he actually liked it.  The key to working with younger kids is to have lots of activities and move on quickly.  This helps them to stay focused.  Getting up and down is important too.

After “school,” we packed up and headed on, I guess, a field trip!  We went to the Norfolk Botanical Garden today and had a blast!  I was actually worried that it would be a little slow for Holden.  We ended up staying almost three hours!  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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Holden loved smelling the flowers and looking for bees.

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He “rode” around a little bit, but I have to say that he was a trooper and walked a lot too.

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Holden said that the “tree tunnel” below was his favorite part!  We pretended to be on the look-out for bears and dragons.

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Below is a snake we saw in the Renaissance Gardens.  Um…yuck.

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These frames were all over the place encouraging you to take pictures and upload to social media with a #norfolkblooms hashtag.  I think it was in conjunction with one of the local art museums.

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This was Holden’s favorite spot due to the “blue flowers!”

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IMG_1955We had a little snack in a peaceful spot by the eagle statue pictured above.  I know I will remember today for quite some time.  It was so nice to just sit quietly {with his randomly interjected questions} and enjoy each other’s company.

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The bush {?} above reminds me of my grandmother.  She used these leaves to decorate with inexpensively as she found them in her yard!

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We swung here forever in the shade.  It was H’s idea to take his shoes off.  No shoes, no problems…I guess.  🙂

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I had no idea they had a splash pad at the children’s center…but lo and behold, tons of kids in bathing suits!  Holden played just enough to get his pants only slightly splashed and some wet feet.

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Last stop was a huge sand pile.  He had a blast climbing up, digging, and sliding down.  The only issue was a group of brothers playing…ranging in age from maybe 2.5ish to first grade/second grade.  These boys really didn’t want anyone else playing on the sand pile.  Their mom was quite a good ways away and didn’t seem to really be noticing the boys behavior {aka staring at her phone.}  Now, I know that I will text, check email, talk on my phone, and perhaps even check social media on occasion when Holden’s around.  HOWEVER, I am not a fan of doing it for huge chunks of time when I’m with my child.  Since their mom wasn’t really monitoring their behavior or how they might be treating other kids, I felt like I really needed to watch the situation carefully.  Sure enough, they didn’t want to let other kids down the slide, because it would mess up their game.  Eventually, the kids who wanted to go down gave up and went to another spot.  Holden really wanted to join in and play their game which entailed putting sand on the slide.  Very, very technical.  😉  He did join, but they kept telling him that he was messing them up.  He really didn’t seem to be doing so.  I felt my temper flare and the teacher in me takeover.  I told the boys that it didn’t seem to be “messed up” and perhaps they all needed to play together {in my “I’m an adult, and  you better listen to me” tone}.  Well, to say they looked disgruntled is a slight understatement.  I just moved closer and stared at them.  Slightly stalkerish…but I could just see fistfuls of sand go flying.  When it was time for us to leave, I asked Holden if he wanted to go down the slide one more time.  He said no in front of the other boys, but he told me yes when he came over closer.  I told him to run back over and slide.  If any of the boys said anything, I advised him to just say “Excuse me, I’m sliding now!”  He was able to slide down, and we headed home.  Parenting is such a 24/7 job, and I find the hardest part is teaching/modeling how to interact with others especially peers.  Gah!

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All this play made for one sleeping boy on the way home!

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I hope your day has been fabulous so far!

Natalie

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