Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cool Mornings...Cakes...and Colors

Although the morning began with a lazy lull, the family went outside again to enjoy the crisp air. These past few days, I have been trying to revive my yellow-green grass by watering. I take my steamy cup of coffee and Aidyn brings along his Star Wars tumbler of apple juice and we leave the front door ajar. Still in jammies, we turn on the sprinkler, move it about the yard, walk barefoot on the driveway, and play. Today Aidyn "dug" in the dirt, wet his feet and made footprints on the cement, and jumped back and forth between the "cold part" and "warm part" of the driveway. David came out and watched us, compared his wet footprint to Aidyn's, and kicked a ball around with him for a bit.

Later, Aidyn and I (mostly Aidyn) made a nutritionally unhealthy cake (chocolate fudge from Betty Crocker) but enjoyed loads of fun and learning doing it. He poured all the ingredients in the bowl, cracked the eggs, and whipped up the batter himself. Watching me measure and count supplies, he parroted my speech and looked forward to licking the spoon. He was absolutely delighted that he made a cake and bragged to his grandma about his culinary accomplishment. When the cake was ready to be frosted, Aidyn chose a green frosting. Interesting. It looked like some dark Joker-from-The-Dark-Knight-cake. But we were pleased.

After cake-making time, we re-read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs per Aidyn's request. He also dragged Ten Little Dinosaurs and Snow Happy to be Here onto the bed.

Following reading time, Aidyn and I went on our regular evening bike ride to the park. He's got the routine of dressing, helmet-donning, bike-climbing, and wind-whipped-riding down. We have the sweetest conversations as we're winding through the neighborhood. When we reached the park, Aidyn decided to swing for half an hour then we raced down the slides about twenty times before calling it a day.

During bath time the last two days, we have been adding color to the water. I purchased these neat Crayola bath drops for the tub and they're amazing. Yesterday he desperately wanted a red bath, so he dunked a red tablet in the water. I let him choose another color, and he picked yellow. It was clear that he had dropped the yellow tablet in, but he was amazed to watch the water transform to orange. Mini color lesson! Tonight, he wanted a blue bath which lasted all of ten seconds before he wanted to add the red tablet. Again, to his enjoyment, the water mixed to a deep, beautiful purple. Another mini color lesson!

Creative, beautiful day!

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