We’ve had ridiculously splendid weather here this ‘winter’ and I’ve been watching out for an extra nice day we can take some time off to go to the coast. And there it was, blue sky 70F day on the beach. Some people were wearing jackets (surely unable to believe how warm it actually was) and others were in bathing suit swimming in the ocean (brave souls, I’m certain the water was cold).
Much welcomed warm sunshine in the backyard.
Happy New Year!! First bread of the year turned out handsome, if I dare say so myself — I choose to think this is an auspicious sign for the year!
….And Immi learned to crochet. She learned it quickly too — good for her! Right now she is making a scarf. But I know Immi, she’ll make several scarfs (or some such thing) and then one day she’ll have a ginormous and ingenious idea and make it happen. Anyhow I’m excited, if there’s two of us that enjoy crafting with yarn, surely it justifies stash expansion expedition.
I keep wanting to put away duplo (big) legos now that all three kids are adept at creating using regular size ones. But Ashland keeps making fun things with it that I haven’t been able to do that. Bunny train, how cute is this?
And then this one. A robotic cat!
I would spend my entire day indoor if I’m left to my own devices. But because kids are making full use of the backyard I end up gardening while watching kids play. I guess I got myself a new hobby by default. Herbs and vegetable starts are growing well, I planted some seeds as well. I do love having fresh herbs easily available!
The play structure that came with the house, I don’t know that it is something we would have thought put it there. But as it turns out, it is essential for our kids. It occurs to me watching them play, that Immi is basically getting to do things that she only did once a week at her occupational therapy sessions (building core strength, balance, hand strength etc.) every single day. It took them some time figuring out what to do this tire swing (it’s really heavy so it doesn’t swing easily) but they figured out how to play with it and love it now.
Lucian spends at least one hour a day bird watching. The boys dragged out their bean bag chairs from their room into otherwise empty living room (we are about…6% done unpacking) to watch birds in comfort in front of the large window that sits close to the ground. Ashland is doing nothing other than to wait for Lucian to say “Bird!!!”. They saw a bird dig up a worm and eat it today.
We got a cute bird feeder and put it in front of their bedroom window to increase chance of bird sightings. Apparently though, birds around here are spoiled and isn’t impressed by bargain quality bird food — I shall try better next time.
I had lots of fun with star-shaped aperture + immi + bubbles.
Seriously, is anything more fun than bubbles?? I hope kids would never tire of it because I won’t.
We finally returned the key at the former residence yesterday and just for about 40 minutes or so pretended we didn’t have anything else to do but enjoy some sunshine. In reality of course, there’s huge pile of urgent things to do. We have the POD packed full of stuff (eternally grateful to friends who helped us with it!!) parked conveniently in the backyard RV parking space, and somehow I have a feeling that we won’t be unloading much of it anytime soon, oh well.
Octonauts — they are super cute and have accompanying books which is great. Now the kids are all into under sea adventures! We got them these freshly picked toys/books because…
…as exciting as the prospect of starting new life in a new home is, the actual process of ‘moving’ is unglamorous. Like Lucian found appliance shopping really really boring. And bored kids = chaos.
But as tedious, stressful and physically draining as moving always is, we feel recharged every time we drive to our new home.
A picturesque old barn, I wonder how many people took pictures of it?
Immi and her duplo lego house on stilt. I have no idea how it manages to stay standing (I suppose I feel the same way about the ones in real-life!) but that’s Immi for you — making things [apparently] held together by her unshaken will with a touch of fairy dust.