Jack and I painted with brushes! We each started on our own paper and then he said, “Mom, let’s switch.” We swapped papers and continued painting. We did this a few times.

Our paint and swap pages.

We painted the moon over the water and the sun over the land.

I rolled up to school drop off with my van looking like this.

Driving Purple Poopmobile

We call it our one-eyed, one-horned driving purple poopmobile! It happens each fall that the birds start eating berries and hitting the van with purple bombs. I will wash it today and it will look like that again tomorrow, but people don’t know that and it mostly looks like I just don’t care! This is what happens when you park under a shady tree. I should clean out my garage and park there instead. It’s on my to-do list after clearing the stairway into the attic. I don’t really want to do either of those things. They are things that would make my life easier once I do them, but not so much easier that I’m all that motivated to get on it. There are so many other things I could do!

We have a six year old in the house again.

Phoebe is 6!

Happy Birthday to Bee!

Blowing out the candle

She’s still young enough to get away with running around in nothing but her underwear. The best thing she got for her a birthday? A hungry kitten she and her sister found. The kitten doesn’t belong to any of the neighbors and it’s beginning to look like she belongs to us.

Phoebe and her kitten

Kitten love

Phoebe named her Mabel.

Sweet Mabel

Adorable Mabel

She’s adorable and I can’t even try to pretend that I don’t already love her to pieces.

Julia participated in her first marching band competition over the weekend. When we shared with people that Julia was joining the marching band, more than five people said, “Oh, they win everything.” And they do. They did! Someone incredible made an awesome recap video.

Yes, that’s Julia licking the Best Percussion trophy at the 1:04 mark. She said it tasted like victory.

Jack and I paint most days as part of our “school at home.” I usually try to tie it in with the letter of the week we’re studying. For example, we painted caterpillars using cups and clothespins and cotton balls for letter C. Here, he is painting fireworks for letter F with a sliced up toilet paper roll.

Painting Fireworks

We’ve painted with our hands and our feet. We’ve painted with bubble wrap, compact discs, balls, balloons, sponges, celery stalks, and toy cars. We have yet to paint with brushes this school year.

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