The boys are thrilled that it is summer break from homeschool. They will only work on “academic” stuff a few days a week now when Farmer Boy is working on Alphabet Phonics with his wonderful tutor. So what do my kids do now that they have more free time? Pretty much what they did before.
They asked My Farmer and I to get them up as soon as we were awake this morning (well, I went to the YMCA first and THEN woke them up). They ate breakfast as fast as they could and were out the door in a flash. The spent the entire morning – four hours, I’m not kidding people – raking mowed pasture grass and making a haystack like they’d read about in one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. They came in for a jug of water at one point. After lunch, Farmer Boy went to check fields with Dad (got to keep an eye on those weeds and watch the moisture in the ground we are going to plant beans on), while Shooter spent some quality time with his books. I dropped him off for Taekwondo, and when we all met up back at home they played matchbox cars until we went to see some out-of-town cousins visiting at Grandma’s.
While there, they looked for an escaped turtle and ended up finding a toad instead, ate sandwiches on the porch, and played on the swings. After that, they hunkered down in the sand pile with pieces of bark and invented some sort of country that involved a tribal council and a national service department – evidentally that is a one-size-fits-all hero department consisting of every single branch of the armed forces, emergency services, and charitable organizations.
We finally had to make them come to the house when it was full-on dark. They had a cookie from Grandma on the drive home, took lightening-fast showers, listened to me read about bees and fell into bed.
They both said it was one of the best. days. ever.