we got to play with some ice outside today and avoided rain yet again
Elvis got to see the surgery in which Joel removed the atrophied arm of the axolotl (not for the faint-hearted, but it will regenerate)
Winry made it up the loft slide by herself
Erik mastered removing his socks
Rowan enjoyed running vehicle after vehicle off the slab down the hill in the grass
Jonah led us in a Heavenly Father prayer at lunch time (and made a really cool magna tile marble run on the ramp)
Elvis played a lot of games with the kids, then played more games with me at the end of the day
Scarlett was a super star cleaner upper today both inside and outside
and we had a little discussion at lunch about 'what can we do when a kid is doing something you don't like':
Rowan: Flush him down the toilet!!!
Jonah: Say 'could you stop that? Please, pretty please stop that? '
Elvis: Throw them out the window. The water bottles, I mean. (?!)
Scarlett: Please stop that please....
(I confess that the 'flush them down the toilet' comes from me sometimes when we start the problem-solving process to lighten things up. And of course I insert ideas like 'move away', 'take some deep breaths and pause', ask a teacher or friend for help).
mostly it's fun and laughter, hugs and kindness though.