On Wednesday, we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific for the day. It was actually Homeschool Day (officially) – which I think I sorta knew beforehand, but it didn’t really register until after we got there and saw the throngs of “Homeschool Types” (if you know what I mean…and I say it with love). Haha.
Usually when we go, the parking lot is filled with yellow school buses (on field trips) – so I knew something was up when we pulled in and there was nary a school bus in sight!
It was beautiful, as usual – and the girls were SO excited to go, as it’s been awhile (a year?!) since we’ve been. We used to go ALL the time – I was looking through old posts and came across this one from when Violet was a newborn. Awwww!
This time, the girls were ALL about the touch tanks. They petted sting rays, sharks, sea cucumbers, sea stars, jellyfish, and every other sea creature under the sun:
Ginger petting a stingray:
Violet was mesmerized by the fish – she wanted to climb right inside the tanks and swim:
Even though we had a full day at the Aquarium, we still did “school” work at night. In fact, because it was SO HOT this week, we did a lot of our indoor, sit-down type work after the sun went down. Mr. M has been working VERY long hours (he gets home long after the kids go to bed, which is saying something considering how late they stay up!) So, at night we do a lot of our school work which leaves the days free for play!
Sidenote: Did you watch DWTS this week?! I did and loved it – I am very proud of Mr. M and the whole DWTS team! 🙂
On Tuesday, we spent the whole day at the beach! The girls were up by 8am, so we had a long day out in the ocean. Ginger found a friend right away. She ran up to her and said: Hi, my name is Ginger and I’m not shy anymore! Do you want to play?
And play they did! For hours! They were also a homeschooling family – which was so random and cool – but they are moving out of state in a month, so I guess it was just one of those things where your paths cross for a day and that’s good enough!
I’m getting to that point in the pregnancy when trips like this start to really wear me out! So, I have to conserve my energy as best I can and pace myself.
But tell that to three little girls who want to play in the ocean! Ha! Violet especially wanted me to carry her into the waves, and play with her for hours in the water. We got home and I wanted to collapse. 🙂
Violet at the beach:
We’ve been to the parks pretty much daily – we have a great little rotation of different parks we visit, and the girls look forward to it so much! As you can tell, it’s hard to get them to leave (this is after it was very dark! Eeek!):
This was today at the park! The girls played for probably 4 hours at the park with some neighborhood friends they have, and they also met some new friends. We were able to get pretty much all the school work done before we went to the park – so we got home and ended up making dinner together and goofing off until bedtime!
Paprika and Ginger swinging their dolls at the park:
These two crack me up – I look over and find them like this all the time. They are joined at the hip and are truly soul sisters, not just by birth – but in life, too!
Hanging out in the trees:
Ginger reads me books nightly – she loves her quiet, alone time with me! Ginger also started writing her own math curriculum this week (no joke)…where did she come from? Pretty soon she’s going to take over teaching the homeschool:
Violet (2) keeps me on my toes – literally! She is so full of life and energy, and she is always happy. She wakes up in the morning like a ten thousand watt bulb ready to shine, and no matter what happens during the day – she is never less than ecstatic, enthusiastic, and ready for adventure.
I know people talk about the terrible twos – and historically, the twos have not been my favorite age. 😉 Violet is so happy, it’s pretty contagious, and even when she’s causing trouble (often!) – it’s hard to get mad at her because, well, she will just laugh!
(Don’t worry, I was standing in the kitchen when she did this – so she was safe. I am always nearby and have tabs on her – I have to!):
Ginger climbing trees – always a fun afternoon activity:
And last, but not least – a video for the Grandparents! 🙂
This is Paprika practicing piano this afternoon. It’s a new piece she’s just started, and she’s having fun with it. 🙂
This weekend, Mr. M is working on DWTS all weekend long – so it’s not like a regular weekend for us! Even so, I am looking forward to (hopefully) cooler temps outside, and then next week I have a perinatolgist (fancy OB) appointment to check on the baby. I feel nervous and excited all at once. What will be will be. 🙂
Have a great weekend!