Phillip's coworker invited us out on his boat, and it was the perfect day. Seriously perfect, from the moment we pulled into the one open parking space at the wharf to the end of the day when I realized it had been 6 hours and NO ONE HAD SUNK THE BOAT.
At one point we were anchored near the beach eating lunch when the couple on the next boat called over to us.
Nice Lady: [indicating the 5 kids] They are so well-behaved!
Me: Thank you.
Nice Lady: Are they all one family?
Me: Yes, they're all ours.
Nice Lady: Are you Mormon?
Yes. Yes, we are. Is it that obvious?
On the way home my 3-year-old was bored in the car so we started playing a game. After my experience, I don't recommend guessing games for 3-year-olds.
Me: I'm thinking of an animal that has 4 legs, pointy ears, and a long tail.
3yo: A dog?
Me: No, this animal has whiskers and catches mice.
3yo: An octopus?
Next I asked her to give me clues and I'd do the guessing.
3yo: It's purple and has spikes and lives in the water.
Me: A sea anemone?
3yo: No, sometimes it goes out of the water.
Me: ... I don't know, I give up.
3yo: A monkey!
"That's not a real clue," I said. "Try again."
3yo: It has spikes and a body and it's round.
Me: Uh-uh. No more spikes. Think about an animal and give me an actual clue.
3yo: But it's a puffer fish!
Just keeping me on my toes.
Phillip and the three oldest kids ran a road race on the 4th of July. Yes, all three ended up running, much to our surprise.
The race registration was in an elementary school cafeteria, and I was equal parts amused and inspired by the 1970s motivational sayings painted on the walls.
|Not sure what this means, but okay!|
|What's the definition of an oxymoron again?|
|Is that even a word??|
We had to figure out what to do with all the leftovers when the kids went nuts picking wild spinach, so we found a recipe for muffins that used a ton of it. They're a Halloween thing called Frankenmuffins (the recipe is here,) but the kids call them moldy muffins.
|If I look happy enough, they won't know there's 6 cups of spinach in this!|
|Not as gross as they look.|
The kids wanted to know what happens to moldy muffins when they get old. Are they called "moldy moldy muffins?"
We got a basketball hoop! The kids have been shooting around a lot in the driveway every day, but my 3-year-old was feeling a little left out. So we ordered her a Little Tikes hoop.
After viewing the images on Amazon, we feel completely sure that this purchase will guarantee her a pro basketball career.
|No performance-enhancing drugs were used in the making of this 4-year-old.|
photo courtesy of Amazon
Like I said, it's an investment in her future.
While we were in the driveway putting our new hoop together, the world's most gigantic beetle came to check it out.
|I had to bribe my son to put his hand near it to show the scale of this thing. Enormous.|
After this picture was taken we had to fling it into the woods with a stick so it didn't eat the baby.
We're making Japanese gyozas this weekend for our educational fake trip around the world, and bought these rice paper wrappers for Phillip, who can't eat gluten. The instructions on the back were extremely helpful:
We will be sure to "soften rice paper by quick evenly deeping in cold or warm water for 2-3 seconds" when we're ready to use them.