After Boys Day I realized that I had spent a number of weeks without posting anything except my series on “Industrial Waste” and the Omas might be wondering what all their boys have been up to. They have in fact been hard at work with piano and paddling,
Their piano teacher, Linda, hosted one last recital for the boys before leaving for the season.
Yep. All the haole boys out there belong to me.
5k running and window revamping,
Nate nailed the mile and Joel came in 17th in his first 5K… that’s out of all the adults… he even beat Coach Phil 🙂
Besides running, our neighbor, Phil, has been giving the boys lessons on how to repair rusted out window frames.
lava viewing and lobster hunting,
Our Kilauea Volcano has begun putting on a magnificent display.
They tried diving for these guys at night but had better luck watching them wash up on shore the next day.
swimming with dolphins and sewing with Mom, bag-piping and baking, and somewhere in there we manage to throw in a little school work and sleep.
Our Scottish bag-piping neighbor is now in Canada but continues to give the boys lessons through the computer.
My two blondies.
You may be surprised to find cooking and sewing in the mix of activities after my five week rant about letting boys be boys, but there are two very good reason for their sudden interest in domestic affairs.
#1: I started working on this little project:
My version of a Hawaiian appliqué quilt. Each of the boys decided what they wanted their own square to look like and the other 4 squares depict Big Island landmarks. The red background is a Boys Day print.
which project was immediately hijacked by the subjects of the quilt images themselves who insisted that if I was going to use their likeness they were going to get to do the stitching on their own profiles. So what began as a solitary quilting project for Mom has now become this:
#2: We’ve been studying world geography and have had whole lot of fun learning about the history, culture and cuisine of different countries through these supplemental books (thanks again Kristin C):
Each of the boys has chosen a different continent to study and then focused their attention on one of it’s countries. They each cooked us a meal using recipes from this series and with the exception of Sam’s Egyptian Palace Bread they all turned out great! The absolute highlight of our geography studies has been reading this book aloud:
We followed Phileas Fogg’s journey in our atlases, learning about all the different countries he passed through along the way and trying some recipes from each one. We kept waiting for the part with the balloon ride as the book cover portrays but alas, a balloon ride is actually not a part of the story. New assignment: Design a book cover that actually portrays the story inside…
So that’s what’s been going on around our little world. Hope all is as full of God’s goodness in your own.