It was hot today! After taking care of all the trees & plants that needed water, the boys needed some. They spent a bit of time here but then the sprinkler went under the trampoline & they were in there for nearly an hour I think. It was fun listening to them play a lot together.
In the meantime we got a job done that had been quite time some in the making. I had weeded it a few times before ready for the mat & bark. But well it never got that but now it was weeded again it was not growing again! Done. Yay!
We've been playing with rocks still. Well DJ & I do. BJ has lost interest. Oh well, That's ok.
DJ is funny though. He tries new designs that take him an age & then he rushes in with another & just puts marks on it. Oh well.
I'm still doing spiders. They are easy now. Also the penguins & owls are nice & effective. Tried a few house types, & they aren't great, but aren't horrible either. I do like my little red & white people though. So much so that I couldn't even hide them when we went to do a big drop yesterday. I think we dropped about 50 in 2 different parks that we hadn't been at yet. Was a lot of fun. We did find 9 though so that was cool.
It's got to the point where I can now ask the mum's of the little kids what the children are really into cos yeah, you know your child will get a pillow! This particular mum has been at about all the parties we've been too. Spiderman was this choice! Cool too as I hadn't done one of those!
I went to the shops & found some paint pens too. They are fabulous fun.
So I have got a little more creative.
The step by step instructions online are handy for learning how to draw things. I really need to stick to some of those ideas instead of winging it. My winging it doesn't work well. I ask DJ to take his time to work on something rather than just flit over a rock with some coloured stripes. He is funny & in a rush to to them. I tell him he did a good job of the Spongebob rock last week so he should think them through more. I really need to remember that too.
There are so many ideas on Pinterest too.
The boys had the day with their grandparents today & they went to the park with the neighbours which is a mum & 3 children. They all took one of our rocks to hide at the park while they went. They couldn't take more as they are too heavy to carry. But they had fun with them. So that's what counts hey!
I saw a beehive we hid last week was found by a little boy who was so excited he was going to save it to show his grandparents who keep bees! I told the mum he should keep it them. She was pleased she was given permission to keep it I think. But if you really want one, well keep it I say! We don't mind in the least.
Making : Christmas & birthday gifts. Cooking : butter chicken. A favourite of the boys. Drinking : Nespresso at home, cos I can. Reading: The second Wishing Chair book to DJ. Trawling: hallmark.com Wanting: someone to cook our tea every night! Deciding: on how to do my front fence. :-) Enjoying: knitting scrap socks. They don't look scappy which is cool! Liking: our Random Act of Kindness in the park. Pondering: sock scrap combos Considering: Christmas Buying: DJ a new scooter since we gave his away. Watching: dare I say it? Just started Gilmore girls from the beginning again. Marvelling: at how the boys have taken to drawing Tas Rocks & sharing them. Cringing: at the new technique I'm trying. I figured it out but not loving it so will leave it now I conquered it! Will use the wool in something else now! lol Needing: some more rocks to colour in. Smelling: Easy Air, oil blend to help clear my nose... Getting: my own Samsung tablet! Yay! & it's free!!! Whoop whoop! Celebrating: a new baby boy right next door! Embracing: the painted & hiding rocks craze.
The last few days have been good for rock production.
Well for DJ & I at least.
There is quite a bit of variety here.
We had a rock hiding day today & a little one yesterday. We have shared them around in 3 different places. We have seen a couple of our rocks that have been found too so that's exciting. I hope we see when Spongebob is found too!
We also took quite a lot of the ones we had found & hid those again. We haven't got many left now.
(as much as I hate spiders, I do like this one. So I did another one! lol)
(the pokeball was found today!)
The walking doughnut was found today too!
These 4 we found but have kept Peppa pig & the ninja turtle for now. Other 2 are gone.
We had a great time. Went to a different park than we have dropped rocks previously, as we were there anyway. We went for a nice scooter ride along the walking track over there first & dropped 10 rocks.
The boys were too busy scootering & playing to look really. I am totally hooked & can't help but look. I found these 4. It was funny as BJ was sitting at the table where IT was hiding, & he still didn't see it!
Another bag of rocks came home with us. Better get drawing.
Ain't that a shame - song by Fats Domino who passed away today. Another classic!
So the crazy rock craze is still on. After we found all those yesterday we did make a good collection to replace them. The boys want to keep what they find which is OK but I do want them to replace them as well.
So we had a drive to get some sealer & I got a can of spray on white at the same time. As you do.
This is what we came up with... DJ's first picture, BJ's second picture - he is very particular about his rocks & takes ages so doesn't get many done. Unlike DJ who just rushes! Next 2 pictures are my rocks! & I must admit but I am keeping my big toucan. Was really pleased with him & how pretty he turned out. I'm a hopeless drawer but using these books of the boys on how to draw it sure helped & makes me look a little bit capable!
After dropping ours in the park we did have a hunt of course. Found 4. I re-hid one which I thought the boys would find on our way back scootering through the park but they didn't.
In the meantime, coming back from scootering, we gave DJ's scooter away. He is way too tall for it. So this unsuspecting bloke pushing the pram with his little girl in it, got to carry home a scooter than this random nutter woman & her son handed over happily mid ride.
(well what were we to do? We had to find someone to pass it on too! & well, not usually so random like that but hey, better random in person fun for strangers! We're happy as it's out of our way without any effort now! )
For one thing I have used up left overs! It's amazing what is hiding in "scraps" isn't it?
I did these 2 at a time so worked from each end of a left over ball so each sock worked the same. I am really pleased. The first one went pretty much the length of the foot. The second one went a few rows into the cuff. The third finished the cuff & heels.
The yarn is "Roam Fusion" & the different ones work together pretty well I think!
This picture recently popped up on a page I follow.
Gee, it was like a huge flashback. It still is when I see it in my screen saver collage of pictures...
THIS is the game we used to have. The one game that I used to actually win!
Just looking at the pictures of the game pieces is just so weird. Ours was well worn. One of our chimney stack pieces had a really big chew mark in it. Guess that was my brother. But these were such a cool variety of pictures.
These days a game like this is most likely a licensed product with pictures following a theme of a current trend. I have tried to keep away from games like that now, but some days it's unavoidable...
Did you have a favourite game as a child that you were good at? Or remember because you weren't???
This is so far on the scrap socks. This is one bit of scrap, having started at both ends of the ball I have got a lot further than I expected. It's just about the length I need before I put the heel yarn in.
The local library put on a Lego time in the school holidays. It was quite good. The boys have a lot of lego themselves but it is always nice to play with some different pieces & also to play with other people.
It can become a little competitive in that sort of environment so it was interesting to watch.
BJ made a marble maze. All the kids were interested in it & had a turn of it. He liked that.