Last week we finished up the letter D. I wrote our last name, Davis, on a sheet of paper and let the boys use yellow fingerpaint to trace it. With a bit of help from me, they did a great job. I helped them write a short thank you note on it to grandma for sending gifts. I asked them to name all the letters in their last name and give me the sounds too. I was so busy getting it ready to mail to grandma that I forgot to take a picture. Next we played with dominoes. The boys have been asking every morning for about a week to play with them. But instead of just dumping them out and letting the boys do whatever with them, I asked them to guess at how many dominoes would fit into the back of their dump truck. One of them said 10 and the other said 40. When we put them all in, 93 dominoes fit before they start dumping out. After that the boys decided to make roads for their imaginary diesel trains. They both worked together on the same track and eventually the whole thing covered the living room floor. We only had two squabbles that got resolved quickly.
Lastly, since we worked with our dump truck and bulldozer to put all the dominoes away, I did a dirt project. I began by talking to the boys about how bulldozers move the dirt at the construction sites along the freeway that we saw recently. With all the talk of dirt, I asked them if they wanted to make their own dirt and they both shouted yes. I took a package of chocolate pudding mix, let James measure and pour milk into the mix and let Lance stir. Into the fridge it went during nap time. When they woke up, I let them take a kitchen mallet and crush up oreo cookies in a baggie. We dumped the crushed cookies on top of the pudding and now we had dirt. I got a hearty approval of dirt from both boys.
Did ya feel it yesterday? The little shiver of cold. If you live in Texas, then you should have because it snowed yesterday. In the month of May no less.
Yesterday I started in on some serious paper shredding. I’m talking about 7 basketfuls that were shaken, pressed down, and overflowing full. I was about to toss it all in the trash when it occurred to me that this shredded paper felt soft and looked a lot like snow. So I handed each basketfull to my twin boys and told them to go dump it in the middle of the living room. Let me stop right here and say, if you hate a big mess with a real passion, don’t do this! A mess doesn’t deter this mamma. I exclaimed rather loudly “snowball fight” and grabbed two fist fulls and chucked them at the boys as I ran. That was it, I didn’t need to do anything more because I’ve never seen the boys move so fast and laugh so loud. Here’s what all we did with our snow.
Big snowball fight
Felt the tickle as it snowed down on each of us
Covered mom’s legs
Covered the boy’s hands
Covered the cars “parked along the street”
Made a snow hill
Went sledding down the hill
Bulldozed snow up and loaded it into the back of the big dump truck
We had so much fun for 3 hours. That’s the best cheap entertainment we’ve had in a long while. We also pretended to make snow ice cream. Lance didn’t pretend but actually ate some paper and he declared it yummy. The castle, covered in snow, reminded me of the witch’s castle in Narnia. So I tried to get the boys to play freeze statues like in the movie, but they couldn’t freeze themselves long enough to count. My kitchen, hallway and living room was covered in snow. I had to use a shop vac to get it up and then go back over with a regular vacuum. It took some time and work. But what wonderful imagination these two boys have and I love the great memories that we made. Shredded paper, an odd thing, was my mercy for yesterday.