All photos in this post by Katydid.
This Saturday was a little different because Andy was still out of town and didn't get home until late that night. But on the other hand it was fairly typical in that the line between "school" and "life" gets blurred even on the weekend.
This is my third attempt to write this post (my first two attempts were eaten by Typepad), so it's going to be a little less detailed than some of the other posts.
With swim lessons done for the season, our Saturdays are a lot less hectic. This morning we did our normal chores and then headed outside to enjoy the beautiful WARM weather for a while before we left for Katydid's violin lesson. We noted that the crabapple trees had burst into bloom overnight:
And that the yard was now full of dandelions, which the boys enjoyed decapitating (way too much):
Then we brought Katydid to her violin lesson. She's practicing for her recital at the beginning of June, and has chosen to play two hymns from her traditional Catholic hymnal. While she is at her lesson, the boys and I run a couple of quick errands and then we go through the McDonald's drive-thru for lunch.
Back home, we pile out of the van and spend a couple more hours outside. Katydid immediately grabs her nature journal, binoculars, and the camera. The little boys alternately climb around in the woods looking for fortresses and follow Katydid on her nature observations.
One of the first things she does is to check out the bluebird boxes, because the boys and I discovered nesting materials in both of them the other day. It turns out that a chickadee is using at least one of them.
(Note: as of a few days later, she counted six tiny eggs in this nest.)
Later on she takes the camera out to the outer garage and manages an extreme close-up of the Eastern Phoebe nest in the rafters:
Because the camera was so close, the eggs look more like our bantam chicken eggs, so at first we were all a little confused. But then Katydid explained how close this shot was, and we realized that the eggs look a lot larger in the photo than they are in real life.
Considering that we started the week off with rain and sleet, we are more than happy to spend as much time outside as we possibly can. I make an easy puff pancake for a late dinner, and we somehow escape Andy's trip without our own trip to the ER... although the evening did not pass by without a big wagon accident, in which a 13 year old learned that he is capable of pulling a kid's wagon far faster than is probably good for 4 year olds, even if they really like it.
We finish up the day by all crowding onto the couch to watch Doctor Who, because well -- daleks! Winston Churchill! Spitfires attacking space ships! What could be cooler, I ask you?
And now that you know we are a family of TOTAL geeks, our week in the life is done.