Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rocks and shells

I just brokered a deal between C and T and D and T whereby the big kids got $2.25 each from T and T got a nice little stash of geodes, amethyst, quartz crystal, amber, pyrite, shells, shark teeth, etc.

I got the idea from visiting the children's museum and seeing T's interest in the gift shop rock table.

Husband's thought is that we can repair the rock tumbler, order some tumbling rocks and grit, and do a rock tumbling project with T. T is at exactly the right age for enjoying this.

I also, come to think of it, have a rocks and minerals book that she would enjoy.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I've been thinking of getting T a nice xylophone (i.e. not Fisher Price). I was at the music store for C's lesson earlier in the week and impulsed a nice 25-key child's xylophone, after having a store employee check it out for me. I've got it set up in T's room now.

I've asked C to work a little with T on the xylophone (for the usual financial consideration--$2 per 15 minutes). C has never had a xylophone lesson (!) but it's a fun little instrument, and I can hear her picking out a Star Trek theme right now.

I'll probably also have C teach T a little ukulele later in the summer when C has less going on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Here's some of what's happning:

  • The girls and I went to WA and saw the family, especially their 3-year-old cousin.
  • Since we've come back, everybody but me and T has been doing camp. T and I have been shuttling siblings back and forth. (We have had a reasonably humane schedule, though--I kept things pretty simple.)
  • T achieved a longed for goal. She acquired three large bouncy balls from a bouncy ball vending machine at Old Navy.
  • Some friends are expecting a third child. T (herself a third child) told me that this means that thy will have a "perfect" family.
  • T did 22 pages of the Kumon kindergarten logic workbook of her own accord, and got only two items wrong.
  • I showed T a couple videos on how vending machines work. 
  • We went to the gym yesterday and the kids did racquetball and bouldering.
  • C's teacher is teaching a little bit (he has had dire health issues the last half year and is on a transplant list), so C is back doing ukulele lessons--she had taken the spring off from lessons but went to a bunch of local ukulele meetings.
  • C is working through a book of Star Wars theme music. She has just started working on the Imperial March (Darth Vader's theme).
  • Although there is no LOTR sheet music for ukulele, I have just discovered that there is a lot of piano sheet music. We may need C to work on adapting that with her teacher, but it does exist. (C and her teacher have already done a lot of adaptations for Star Trek.)