Monday, July 11, 2016

Keeping ourselves busy

So in my continued efforts to keep my kids from too many screens and fill their time with more meaningful things, here are a few of the things we have been doing with our hot summer days.

 More science kits!  I ordered quite a few kits to do this summer and we have started almost all of them. Here is the Volcano from the volcano and earthquake kit.  The lava is plaster so each time it erupts it adds another layer onto the hill.




 Henry also picked up a few more balloons to practice making balloon animals.

 Here is Molly and Henry's dream vacation made out of legos. They want to go to the beach. I promised Molly we would go for her Birthday so only a few more days and we will head to the coast for some time in the waves!
 Early morning bike rides or walks have become part of the usual schedule. It is cool until about 10:00 so we head out early.
 We biked out of our little town to some surrounding farms and saw green fields. It is nice to see something other than the golden dry grass fields for a change.

 A little exercise, some sunshine and fresh air. Great way to spend the morning!

There has also been some swimming. We head to a public pool at least once or twice a week to swim. It is only 25 cents to get in, so it doesn't break the bank for us to spend a little time acting like fish. Sorry no pictures of the pool. I am usually too busy swimming and wet, so never have the camera handy.

Parkour

My kids have a new favorite park. My kids miss the parks from where we used to live and complain about the parks near us now. The parks around us are designed for small children and are all "safe" as they put it. I tried to explain that parks aren't as exciting because they are bigger now but they just insist that there are no fun parks here and all the best parks are near our old house. Well that changed this past week. A new park was opened and it is just for big kids.  It is a Parkour park so nothing was "safe". Henry especially loved it because it was risky.

 This part of the park was just a bunch of cement blocks of various heights, some with bars connecting them. The kids played a game of tag as they jumped for block to block and the ground was "hot lava".




 Of course our first trip to this park was planned with friends. That always makes everything better.


 This part of the park looks like a big empty swimming pool. I saw some other kids with skateboards and even bikes riding through here using the walls to jump and spin and flip in the air. Since we didn't know what we were going to find at this park we didn't bring any other equipment but the kids didn't seem to mind. They just ran around in the bowl and slid down the sides.

 Henry loved this park so much he wanted to go back the next day. But we waited a few more days before heading back with scooters and rip stick.  Sophie and Ian had a youth activity so I only had Henry and Molly. No friends met us there so it wasn't quite as exciting but these two still had a great time.

 Molly came with us this time and loved the park as well. She loved riding her scooter through the smaller river bottom, for lack of a better name. The sides weren't too steep and she could ride her scooter down the walls or along the path at the bottom.

Henry enjoyed giving the big bowl a try with his rip stick.


 There is a whole part of the park the kids haven't really explored yet. It is mostly bars and large tubes. Here is a big pipe to walk across like  balance beam. It is a bit harder than it looks since it isn't flat but we had fun running back and forth across it.   There are also a bunch of pull up bars as various heights (sorry no pictures, my kids didn't really play here) and some parallel bars. I think that part of the park is really for taller kids!

We will certainly be heading here again. This park is made for bigger kids and my dare devil Henry couldn't get enough. He was hopping from block to block, some a scary distance away, and loved every moment of this "Risky" park.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

City Slickers!

 My kids were excited to see that Grandpa was "horse sitting" the neighbor's horses. They come and eat the grass growing in my parent's pasture and get some attention from the kids.

 They decided they wanted to ride the horses so Grandpa got some halters and took them on a spin around the stall.


 The kids seemed to think this was pretty fun. They liked the brown horse better than the paint.


 When I was little we used to have two and for a time three horses. We would ride just about everyday. We rode all over the 5 acres of my parent's land but also all over the neighborhood and even up into the hills surrounding us. Other kids in the neighborhood had horses and we would all ride together sometimes.
 Ian didn't really like riding. I think he would like it better with a saddle. With nothing to hold on to he didn't really feel very secure.


 Sophie was a natural and would have loved to have stayed on a whole lot longer and take a real ride.



 Molly loved it too!



 A very short riding experience. One day maybe we could take a real ride.