First the boats were flat, and they did not float well in our friends' pond. Now they "have sides." I tried to tell him about how Noah coated the Ark with pitch, but I'm not sure he heard me; what's the modern-day, average- family equivalent of pitch, anyway?
The children also work on their Calico Critter houses. I save lids (which can't be reycled) for the creative reuse store, but more often than not, Ben raids the stash to make things for his Critters. I also flatten cardboard and chipboard to be recycled, and that stash is constantly raided and the scissors constantly dulled for the Critter houses.
These houses are ugly by Pinterest standards, but I know the ingenuity and care that went into them, so I enjoy looking at them. I get tired, sometimes, of the prettified images of life on Pinterest (and some blogs). It's so easy to think my life is ugly when, in fact, I am living my life with all its attendant dirt, disorder, and unsightliness that doesn't photograph well. Maybe I need a break from my Pinterest feed. . .
Genevieve loves to set up shop, whether it's selling things she's gathered or made. We are frequently invited to a store and commanded to buy something with real money. Oh, that girl!
I bought this sweet bouquet for a dollar. (A real dollar that she lost in a broken vending machine at the pool with a shrug, until her daddy marched her up to the counter and made her ask for it back because "this is not a game! This is money!")
I've been feeding these interests with targeted library books and some tools. I've bought them nails and a hand drill. I wonder what they will get into next. . .
(linking up with Leila and Rosie's pretty/happy/funny/real)