Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mad Science

Can't remember if I've blogged about it before, but the kids and I have a membership at the California Academy of Science and have made it there just about every week since August of 2012.  They have a class for preschoolers one morning a week that alternates between hands on experiments, plants and animals, and music/art/literature from around the world.  I can't say enough how fantastic it has been.  I'm not trying to turn my kids into little geniuses, but instead hoping to attach a positive association to science at a young age.  This subject was intimidating to me as a kid, and hopefully if they're using the words "acceleration" and "deceleration" at 3 and 4 years old, it'll be a little less scary for them when they get to junior high.

Adventures with Dad: Bike Tour of the Castro

Once in a while, Danny gives me a few hours to myself by taking the kids on a Saturday morning adventure.  This one was a tour of the many stairs and steep streets of the Castro neighborhood here in SF.  It's a gorgeous area, and also a little scary for a kid on a bike.  Not to worry - Danny said he kept a hold of the back of their shirts while going downhill.  All part of the adventure!

Picnic at Home

Evelyn surprised me by setting up a picnic lunch.  Just look at her attention to detail.  A beautiful spread by a beautiful hostess!

"The Apple Dumpling"

I'm always trying to think of new and interesting things to give my kids experience with, and felt like they'd enjoy putting on a little play.  We started with "The Apple Dumpling", a folktale from England, and practiced for a while during the day.  We collected props and learned our parts, and then performed our show for Danny when he came home from work.  Sure wish I'd thought to take a few more photos.  Danny only took this one because I'm wearing a towel on my head.  Evelyn is the "young lord" in this scene.  The kids had a ball, and were quite good at remembering their lines.  Aspiring thespians!

11 Wonderful Years

Danny and I did a quick weekend getaway to my parent's cabin in Pinetop to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.  All I can say is that life gets better every year.  I love you, sweetheart!

Greer Family Togetherness

When my family is all in one town, we make the most of it.  Here's to reading with Grandma Terri and Ziggy, group bowling, riding Grandpa Mat's mower, playing hairdresser with Aunt Britt's funky curlers, taking the neighbor's horse for a walk, hiking with Dad, climbing trees, loving the mall carousel over and over again, and just playing in the wide open spaces.  It's always hard to go home after so much fun.