Monday, June 28, 2010

June Update

We went strawberry picking last week, and Lucy helped mash the berries to make jam.

We must have made something with eggs, and Gene got more practice cracking them. Lucy wants to learn now, too.

On cleaning day, Jane wiped her chair. It doesn't get as dirty as it did when she was a baby, but still...

Lucy has learned to use a knife and fork to cut up various things on her plate, and likes to get them all by herself when she thinks it's necessary.

And then one day she wanted to help me cut a fallen tree branch with a funny saw/knife.... (don't know the real name for it). If she had the muscle for it, she would have gotten it!

Jane was sick with a fever for a couple days, but didn't mind lying on the couch and receiving toast and applesauce whenever she wanted.

Gene's morning job for the month of June is to sweep the sticks and leaves off part of the patio. His sweeping skills have finally begun to actually get things clean, though he still requires frequent "breaks" and "rests" during the process... (in other words, it's not a favorite activity of his).

Lucy wrote a list of books for me to look for at the library...books about "moths, spiders, beetles, and mushrooms". This girl isn't into princesses and fluff.

She also helped clean the grill one day before dinner. She doesn't mind doing dirty fact, she was begging to do it.

Gene spent some allowance on an ice cream bar from the ice cream truck. The first time it's ever come to our neighborhood since we've had a child old enough to know what it is. Luckily he had some money!

Swimming at Grandma Hendricks' pool...all the kids love it. And the parents. And the grandparents. Jane loves her "yellow floaty ring" and scoots around the pool now all on her own.

Gene is a regular fish, and as long as he has goggles can do all the fun things I remember doing as a kid in a pool...diving board (learning to dive!), slide, handstands and somersaults (working on them).

Lucy is also becoming a fish, and can paddle around the pool on her own, with no flotation device. She is very confident of her abilities, but continues to look as if she is drowning...I'm never quite sure. She experiments in the water, and comes up with her own tricks. Like her "seahorse kick" which consists of doing a bicycle kick while bobbing up and down in the deep end. She is the hardest one to get out of the pool at the end of the day. She also likes to be thrown up in the air, and doesn't mind how high she flies as long as she lands in the water.

The Mitzel's came over to swim one day as well, and most of the kids helped to scrub the's been getting black marks on any kid who jumps...we'll see the next time we try it how well they cleaned it!

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