Let’s try this again!

9 Aug

I’m not good at keeping up with journals and by extension blogs but let’s try this again. The new school year is almost upon us so we are going to try blogging throughout this year.
This past summer we kept things simple. A few trips to visit family, a few outings to carnivals, fairs, a baseball game, many nature walks/hikes, and of course going to the park every single chance we got. Bill and I did talk after school ended that we might get Max into a dancing class or karate or gymnastics, but we decided against that. We feel that summer is for having fun and not having to be somewhere all of the time. I guess this stems from our own childhoods where we were lucky enough to not have parents who needed to schedule every single minute of the day for us so that they didn’t have to spend real time with us. We got to go out and explore and just play. That is what we want for our kids. Plus, we actually like spending time with our kids, not watching them play but playing with them. It seems crazy I know, but that is just how we are. So since Max is doing the preschool thing again this year, then he’ll go right to kindergarten, summers will be reserved just for fun stuff with mom and dad until he starts asking for a sport or something during the summer break. Max has made 3 new friends this summer. Taylor, is a cute 5 year old girl. They have had many play dates at our house and at hers these past few weeks. They met on the 4th of July while our families watched the fireworks at our Apartment Complex. She is a girl version of Max, which is probably why they get along so well. They color each other pictures and us parents tape the to each other’s front doors for the kids to find. It is just adorable. Max also has made 2 older boy friends; Josh who is 8 and Connor who is 6. We met them while Bill, Max Rory and I were running around the complex playing just a shooting game. We divided up into teams, and we ran around with Max’s guns and shooting each other and dying. Josh and Connor thought it was fun, so they asked to join us. And they all spent hours outside playing that. Played for hours the next day and asked if they could spend the night. And they did! It was Max’s first sleep over. It was crazy, having a 2,4,6 and 8 year old for a night, and I’m glad I only have 2 kids because of it, but it was fun nonetheless. We met up with an old friend of mine, Becky and she has 2 kids, a 2 year old girl and a 10 year old boy and we went swimming. Max just loved the little girl, Rory didn’t know what to think of her, she hasn’t seen too many girls her age, but it was fun. So, my instincts were correct. There is nothing “wrong” with Max and I don’t need to push sports or other activities onto him because he is a wonderful boy who will make friends. It just goes to show you, you can’t listen to anybody no matter how “knowledgeable” they seem or what their good (or even bad) intentions are.

Max is excited about school starting. And so am I. I’m very excited for Me and Rory to have some just me and her time again. We got to do a lot of fun things last year during the time Max was at school. One of the things I can’t wait for is that we are going to take the train table out of the play room (we need the extra space in there) and we are going to covert it into a sensory table for the kitchen and maybe we might try to use it on the patio on nice fall days. And it is simple, we are going to waterproof it with a new coat of fun colored paint, then Bill is going to cut a hole in the middle for a storage tub to fit into, and then I can make some colored rice, water beads,  cloud dough… anything like that and put it in there for Rory to have at.  Max will also enjoy it too, but it is going to be great. Bill is also going to make a light table. He has access to broken tv’s at work, that the screen is cracked and can’t be fixed and they usually just toss them, but we can still use them as the light element for our light table and put a piece of plexi glass over it boom, a light table. Will put that in one of our extra end tables and put that in the playroom.

Speaking of the play room, we are in the process of really getting that set up the way we will like it. I have recently been inspired by the Reggio Style of teaching and how they set up their class rooms and play rooms. We will be getting rid of the kids’ cute little couch (a part of me is actually kind of sad by this, but we need the room), and the train table is going to be re-purposed. I already took out the entertainment center they had in there that was too tall for them to get the stuff off the top 3 shelves without them climbing up on it and possibly tipping it over. And used our old entertainment center from the living room because it is much shorter. And right now that is their art, “homework” center. I have their colors, colored pencils, markers, color wonder markers and dry erase markers on top, Max’s homework books, dry erase books, their coloring books, blank filler paper, Rory’s puzzles and her shape sorting toys, and a homemade bead stringing activity and a homemade sewing activity. That way if they want to color, they can just grab their colors and their coloring books and just do it. Before all of this stuff, minus the puzzles, were up high in the bookcase in the kitchen and it was out of sight, out of mind for both kids. But these past few days since moving stuff around, they both have been drawing, coloring more and doing puzzles more. So I wish I would have done this a bit sooner. But that is ok. I have the idea of what I want to do, and I showed Bill and we are going to make it happen. Basically I want a building area, with their Lego’s, Lego table, and wooden blocks I want to add to this area by getting Lincoln Logs and other building sets. Then I want a what we call “City” area, with Rory’s doll house, the train sets, cars, people, and Rory’s zoo set. Then the art area, with all their art supplies. Their kitchen will be near their dress up corner. We have tons of dress up clothes, we just need to add some hooks to hang them on and a mirror. And a Book Nook. That might go into their bedroom actually. So that if Max wants to read, he has a quiet place to do so if we are playing something loud with Rory in the play room.

I”ve also thought about adding space by lofting an area in the play room. I haven’t told Bill about this yet, but the idea came to me last night as I tried to fall asleep. We could loft an area like for their art area or the book nook or something. Give them extra floor space and create a cool “fort” under too.

Well that is what we have going on right now. School and getting their play room set up. I’m actually going to add some pics of the current layout of the play room. It will change here and there and I will add pics as it does.

-AK

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