Friday, November 30, 2012

I'm proud of myself.

I'm proud that I didn't pull all my hair out today. Some days it is just the small victories that keep me going.

We started off this morning by picking up all of their toys. It amazes me that it takes the boys less than ten minutes to destroy a room but hours to pick it back up. *sigh*

Because of the clean up extravaganza, we stared school late. It took us over three hours to get past the first subject.

I really needed to get to the library, and I think the kids and I needed a break from school. Yea, Spanish Muzzy was in. The kids wanted to pick a few books and videos too. It was the perfect break because when we got home we ripped through the other subjects.

However we didn't get to finish our piano lesson, but I have a feeling that the boys will want to finish it in the morning.

Why didn't we finish because it was time to go and get our picture with Santa!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Feeling better.

I guess I'm doing better. I was actually functioning today.

Today I finally got to the swing of things. I think today is the first time in two weeks that I've actually did all of the lessons that I prepared for. I've been skipping Science, Social Studies, and Art. Okay I didn't do art today but we had a music class. While we were having story time the FedEx guy arrived with another package. It had the lesson plans for the kids piano lesson. Today's lesson was just from the Classroom Music for Little Mozarts. This curriculum is ten lessons that are suppose to be taught once a week.

I think we will be able to have music three times a week and art the other two. Now if the Spanish curriculum shows that would be amazing.  Wait I just got an email from the library that it is in and on hold for me. I guess I know where the boys and I are going tomorrow. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I must be sick.

Today I was suppose to got shopping with my mom but I just wasn't up for it today. Turns out she wasn't that sad that I canceled. She isn't feeling well either.

Today the Cyber Monday shopping spree started showing up. I gave the kids one of the boxes and let them decorate. At first they were making a rocket. Then it turned into a kitty house. (no we don't have a kitty).  We are going to be babysitting my brother's cat in December because with work and the holidays he doesn't feel like he is going to be a great pet parent. I was super excited that he asked because his cat used to be mine but when Ethan was little (we had three cats in the house), he started showing signs that he was allergic to cats. I was sad to see Stinky Pete go but at least I know he is at a good home. Now that Ethan is older and there is only one cat I'm hoping that all will be fine. Then again it is only for a month. The kids have been driving Josh and I crazy about wanting an animal. I'm hoping cat sitting will show the kids they aren't really ready for an animal, but I have a feeling this is going to backfire in a huge way.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trying to get sick.

It is weird, I feel like I'm getting better from my allergies but I also feel like I'm trying to get sick from something else. I don't have a fever just feel crummy.

Today is Tuesday so we headed to Jump Mania. When we first arrived it was more like our normal trip because we were the only ones in the place. That didn't last long. There were several kids that started streaming in. It wasn't as busy as last week but it wasn't dead either.

Once we got home I was wiped. Thank goodness the kids were tired too. Ethan wasn't sleepy enough to nap but he was a zombie on the couch. Once he rested enough he wanted to do mommy school. I guess I'm doing something right. All he wants to do is practice writing his letters and make words.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting caught up

Today was all about getting back on schedule and getting caught up on life. Oh yea, do a little Cyber Monday shopping. It was a little challenging trying to keep an eye on the deals and teaching the kids. Josh was able to help me out. Okay Josh did way more more shopping today than I did. Tonight, Josh was all we sure did a number. Really, Josh? Most of my purchases today were supplies for mommy school.

Then he reminded me I had Friday. Then again I think he even beat my Black Friday shopping.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgving!

This year we headed to Missouri for a Varner family dinner. It was great seeing my in-laws. We haven't gone to this side of the family's Thanksgiving since Ethan was just a few months old. After dinner every headed outside to play games and talk.  Then it came up that several people haven't seen Wreck it Ralph. The boys made it clear they wanted to see the movie again. Okay how could I refuse?? The only time that we could go was at 6:45. Which means that I would miss the 8:00pm sales. That is okay because there wasn't really anything that I felt that if I didn't get it would be the end of the world. I didn't think the sales were all that great. When we drove past Wal-Mart after the movie, the parking lot was insane. Thank goodness we were planning on going to Kmart first. Oh yea. We hit the classy stores. The craziest part of our Black Friday shopping was we were back at 12:30. When we got up the next morning we made a run to JC Penny. That was it of our crazy shopping. The only reason we hit JCP was because they had kids clothes for $4 each. I could get complete outfits for less then $10.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Good thing I don't put anything off...

Oh wait.

*sigh* The  cake balls that I was originally going to do Friday night finally got done today. Not before our daily dose of drama.

The major reason I have been putting off the cake balls was I needed to get better chocolate from the cake decorating store. We had a terrible time in September with the chocolate. I was going to upgrade to better chocolate but I didn't want to have to take the kids with me. Jen mentioned there was a closer cake place that was much smaller. I figured it would still have a better quality chocolate. When my mom and sister showed up today to help me with the cake balls. I convinced them they wanted to take the boys to the mall and for story time with Santa and I would run to the store.

I figured it was going to take me ten minutes longer than the store time but they wanted to check out a couple of stores so all would be good. Weeeellllll. Not so much. Thank you Apple for changing your maps and taking me through the middle of nowhere instead of using the highways. First it took longer than I originally thought it would. Then the person that helped me in the store was very gabby. The biggest problem was the better chocolate they had didn't come in regular brown. They had all different colors and I didn't want to fool around with trying to mix the colors to get the right shade of brown. They did have the chocolate bits that I needed for the beaks. It was a total waste of time.

The trip back was much faster because I knew where I was and didn't need to use the maps. My trip took over thirty minutes longer than I was expecting. I didn't leave my mom and sister with any toys or snacks to keep the kids entertained while they shopped. Oops.

When I finally arrived we were all cranky and just needed some food in a MAJOR way. Off to the food court we went. Of course, Chick-fil-a had the longest line and that was all my boys wanted to eat. *sigh* At least the line moved quickly.

After lunch we headed back to my home to work on cake balls. Preston napped and Ethan got on my nerves. He wanted to help but I didn't want him to.

My mom:  "why does he get to help with the Christmas cookies and he can't help with these?
Me: "I bring cookie dough for them to play with and they don't actually touch the cookies we eat."
My mom: "Oh, that is right."
My sister: "Well, why don't you have any for him now"
Me: "That would have required more forethought than what I gave this project."

Eventually Ethan got himself completely band from the kitchen. Then he started to roll his toys across the floor so he would need to come and get them. Really kid? Nope those are mine. If you keep this up then they might just end up in the garbage. He takes his trunki and rolls it into the kitchen. My mom and sister thinks it funny that my head is about to explode because they think it was how I would have acted when I was his age. I don't know what Ethan's clothes are going to be in on our up coming trip because he lost his suitcase. If you happen to see us on vacation and Ethan is using a paper bag, don't ask.

We tried the first couple of cake balls they were a complete disaster. I was ready to just throw in the towel. Thank goodness if finally came together. With the help of my sister we figured it out. I think they came out pretty well.

Please say I'm cute.
Gobble, Gobble. We are ready for Thanksgiving.
Then my sister and mom went to leave and my mom's car wouldn't start. Josh tried to jump it but nothing happened. My dad had to come and pick them up and I was left to deal with the tow truck driver when he arrived.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tis the season to be stressed, fa, la, la, la, la

This morning while Josh was doing his bike ride. The boys and I did the lessons we should have done yesterday. After Josh arrived with donuts, it was time to head to a birthday party.

The boys had an awesome time at the party.

Last week I was feeling festive and thought it would be fun to make cake balls that look like turkeys. That feeling had passed and I was over it. Tonight, Josh asked when I was going to make the balls. I told him that I wasn't. He informed me that he had told them that we were bring the balls. Well, crap. After dinner I went on a hunt for what I need to make the balls. While I was in the grocery store I almost had a panic attack because I can't find what I need on such short notice.

I called Josh, he told me to come home. I helped put the kids down and he headed to the store to find what we need. I'm glad that I have such a wonderful husband that is willing to help me with my crazy ideas.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A lazy day.

Today Josh took the van, so the kids and I were home bound today. I felt like curling in a ball with a blanket and book. The boys were happy with watching their educational videos.

While I was curled up with my laptop, I started messaging Korri. She came over to hang out and knit. I never did get around to doing mommy school today. The kids enjoyed a lazy day. They were tired from being up late last night. Ethan kept waking up last night too.

Really I don't know where the day went. Time just flew.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm a proud momma

Today was all about school. I'm having a hard time keeping up with the boys thirst for knowledge. Right now, Ethan's favorite video is School House Rocks. Ethan can only read simple words but he can tell you what the noun and verb are in a sentence. Are you kidding me??? After school was over he got himself some paper and a pen, went to the kitchen table so he could just write words.

The boys favorite movies right now are Word World, Leap Frog, School House Rocks, and Muzzy. I couldn't be prouder. At time I question if I'm doing the right thing but then days like today, I know I am.

I would love to say that the boys quest for knowledge is because I have some amazing curriculum or that I'm some amazing teacher. The truth of the matter is my boys are just curious. I hope that I'm truly fostering a lifetime love of learning. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A little destressing time.

Last week my parents were on a cruise. Since their return my mom has been stressed that she is already behind for Christmas. When she was crying on my shoulder about how tired she is from the vacation and stressed that she is behind. She didn't really get a lot of sympathy from me. The woman already has her Christmas cards done for crying out loud. All of this stress is making her blood pressure is through the roof. Now I'm more sympathetic because I don't want her to have a stroke or a heart attack.

Last year, the week before my sister arrived for Thanksgiving, my mom had all of the decorations unpacked and ready for us to put out. Which made the process of making her house look like Santa Clause threw up in it much quicker. This year between work and doctor visits she doesn't have as much time to prep for my sister's arrival. Today I offered to come over and help. I was worried with the kids around we wouldn't get much accomplished.

I had the kids back a bag to help keep the occupied while we are working. The grabbed a lot of their stuff animals and several DVDs.

Once we arrived, I put on the electronic babysitter and one of the movies the kids picked out. Ethan loved getting to be a couch potato. Preston wanted to see what Nana and I were up to. The first thing we brought in was a Santa Clause about an inch shorter than Preston. Preston was so excited. He stood there looking at Santa and ringing his bell. After that Preston was all about help us get Christmas out. We worked for hours taking a break for lunch. Papa arrived Preston was so excited to show off the Christmas decorations. Right now the house looks like a complete disaster area but at least my mom is chilling out a little.

After helping my mom, it was time to take Ethan to Cirque class. I didn't have enough time to take Preston home. I got to entertain Preston for an hour while we waited. Ethan did really great during class today. I love the fact that he is learning how to climb the silks on his own. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A little bouncing and reading today.

This morning I had a perfect plan. Apparently, the plan decided to sleep in. We decided to go with plan B. Which was to skip school this morning and go to Jump Mania. I was shocked this morning how many kids were there. Granted you could count all the kids on one hand. It was still the most kids that I've seen there. I really like the bounce house place so I'm glad that more kids were there.

Next week Aunt Monkey. I'll own you!

Preston the superhero

Um, mom. Mom! I'm stuck her.

Help, I've fallen and can't get up.
 Then it was time to run by the library. I had several books and a video on hold from the library. The boys wanted to pick up a couple of books and videos. I really do love our library. I was blown way with the help that I recieved today. I was in the kids holiday section looking for a book about the history of Thanksgiving. Someone happened to walk past me that was shelving books. I asked if they happened to know if there were any Thanksgiving books. Next thing I knew another person was handing me two perfect books and the first person was taking me and the boys to the Thanksgiving display that was in the research section.

Mom, it is a shame that we didn't find books at the library today.
We finally got around to doing school about 2:00. We got through circle time, phonics, handwriting, and numbers. Then it was time for story time. The kids just couldn't sit still. Fine, go take naps. Ethan hasn't taken a nap for a few weeks. Today he was asleep in just a few minutes. Score one for the bounce house place and the library for wearing out the boys.

We didn't finish the lessons today but at least the important ones were covered.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Overall a good day.

We were suppose to go to story time with Santa this morning. The kids just didn't want to leave the house. The boys wanted to do our science project first. Today we discussed that you use science everyday and one of the examples was cooking/ baking. Our experiment was to make chocolate chip cookies. I didn't have any eggs. Finally I was able to get the kids to the door. Then they started asking if they could take everything under the sun with us. Seriously, I just need to pick up eggs, bread, and some sugar. I figured I would just run into Aldi because the have the cheapest prices. Finally Ethan brings a book to the door and asked as sweet as he could. Mommy, may I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase take a book to read? With his best puppy dog face ever. I couldn't say no. Then Preston wanted to take a book. Okay kids you win. Yes one book each. They were over the moon excited with their books. Entire time they were in the car and until we checked out they were all about their books. Sweet. I'm glad that Josh and I are able to foster a love for books.

Once we got back home, it was time to bake with the kids. Ethan used to help us cook all the time. I don't really remember why he stopped. Preston loves being a kitchen helper. Today they kept wanting to put their hands in everything. Then they wanted to play with the eggs. We did put all of the dry ingredients together. Thank goodness Krypto the Superdog came on and they were over making the cookies because I was starting to get a little twitchy. I decided that I didn't want to dip out a million cookies so I just made chocolate chip bars. When I pulled them out of the oven and tried to dump them out of the pan I missed the cooling rack and made a huge mess. I almost wanted to curl up in the fetal position on the floor and cry till Josh got home but that wouldn't of done anyone any good. I put my big girl panties and salvaged what I could and cleaned up the rest.

Once that was done it was time to start dinner. Seriously, I felt like I lived in the kitchen today. I don't know what kid of bug I had up my butt. I actually pulled out a cookbook to make dinner. Then again we were just having meatloaf but it has been so long since I've actually cooked that I didn't remember how. I guess I really just need to spend more time in the kitchen.


Okay our freedom from the kids only lasted an hour. It was the first time that both kids were able to go into Småland at Ikea. It was nice to wander around and not have to worry about Preston trying to run off to play with something. We were able to actually plan out different room. How we might update different things.

Afterwards Josh asked when a good age for the kids to go on a Disney cruise. Next summer I think they will be the perfect age. I guess I know what we are going to be saving up for. Josh really likes the idea of checking the kids in and us getting some adult time.

After the boys went to bed, Josh and I decided that we need to clear off some shows of our DVR. We watched Up All Night. Of course it was the episode where the couple actually finds a babysitter. The show hit a little close to home. *sigh*

Then again the kids have been asking for our next door neighbor to babysit again because they miss her. I'm just not sure if football season is over yet.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I got out of the house today!

This morning I found a coupon in the town's newspaper for buy one get one free lunch at Outback Steakhouse. The coupon is only good for Saturday and Sundays. I thought today was a perfect day to go. We all loved the food. I really don't know why we don't got there more often. Preston loved everything so much he kept eating until he made himself sick. *ugh*. We had to go home and get him into some clean clothes. He was ready to keep on trucking. Which was a good thing because we had plans.

Next we tried to take the boys to Småland at Ikea. The wait was about thirty minutes and we were on a time crunch we just moved on.

Our next stop was the mall. Our first stop was the play area till it closed for cleaning. Then we hit the Lego store, apparently with everyone else that was kicked out of the play area. We were on the way to the book store when we realized that a crowd starting to form around the ice skating rink. Well, I guess it is time to try to find a seat at the rink.

Today Santa arrived at Stonebriar Mall by way of Zamboni. First there was an hour of figure skating. Preston kept asking if he could go out and skate. I have a feeling we are going to be doing skating lessons again.

Friday, November 9, 2012

A day at home.

Apparently I get twitchy if I stay home for two days in a row. Today we doubled up on the classes. The kids woke up in a mood. That mood continued all day long. There were moments that they were really good. However the kids weren't behaved at the same time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

This is the day that will never end!

Preston jumped into bed with Josh and I at 6:00am. *sigh* I think I hate mornings more than Garfield the cat. Thank goodness Preston decided he wanted to shower with Josh so I was able to get a few more minutes of sleep in.  I ended up being up and at it an hour earlier than normal. What sucked the most was the kids and I didn't have anywhere we needed to be.

It is was nice to stay home for a change. I thought about doubling up on the lessons because I didn't actually do school yesterday. I figured that we had enough to do. I started school about 9:30 and we didn't finish up till 4:00. It was another long day but at least the kids really seemed to love the science and Spanish lessons today.

During recess the kids wanted to build their creatures homes in our back yards. I had them build the houses in a flower bed that we currently aren't using.

Last week we got a weeks worth of coupons for Half Price Books. We missed one of the coupons already. Josh was suppose to take the coupons today and check the store out at lunch. Just after lunch I realized the coupons were sitting on the counter. Tonight after dinner we checked out the store together. It is always dangerous for Josh and I to be let loose in a bookstore, let a lone one with a 30% off the highest item coupon. It didn't help that Josh found an entire series that his favorite author contributed to the books. Thank goodness they were only a dollar each. We had told the kids they could each pick out one book. Preston kept trying to buy toys. He would bring me the kids princess jewelry and asked me if I wanted it. Really kid???  You are only three years old and already know how to win a girl over is to distract them with jewelry? Maybe he should teach Josh that trick.

I really hope that I wore the kids out today and they sleep in tomorrow. 

Back to the Dallas Museum of Art

I guess I was feeling a little over confident because yesterday went so well. I decided to go solo today. Actually we were signed up to do the Arturo and Me class. Basically it is a preschool class that is all about art. The boys were so hyper from the moment that we arrived. *Sigh* I almost left before the class started. Once the class started the boys calmed down, for the most part. Ethan wanted to answer every question and didn't always wait for the teacher to call on him before he started talking.

Today was the first time we did this Arturo and Me class. I didn't know what to expect. We followed the teacher to the second floor of the gallery. We sat down by two pictures of nature. The kids were read a story about building a fairy house. Then they discussed the book a little. Then discussed the paintings. Next up was making our own creature out of modeling clay. Then we headed out to Klyde Warren Park that opened over the weekend. The kids could build their own fairy house for the creatures they just made. Part of the children's park is still being constructed. The part that is open was very nice. Lots of hills covered in AstroTurf for the kids to climb on. They also have a really nice spiderweb for the kids to climb on. There was also a "tree" house that every one could go up and check out the views. I know if I worked downtown that this is an area I would lunch often if the weather is nice.

After we were done with the class, I let the boys play for a while. Then it was time to grab lunch. I guess I let the boys play to long. When we were in line they had a complete meltdown. That was the end of our day at the Dallas Museum of Art.

After a nap on the way home and lunch the boys seemed to calm down.

My kids can listen.

Preston showing off his critter house.

Ethan still working on his.

The boys decided to build in a different location. I guess the view is everything when you build.

The only reason that I added this picture, if CPS gets called because Ethan has rope burns on his arms. I have proof on my blog that he did it to himself.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day!

Josh and I were really debating about voting in this election. Texas has voted to give their Electoral Votes to the Republican presidential candidate since 1980. We figured that overall our vote wouldn't really matter. We don't know enough about local political scene to make a real informed decision. We based our votes on what was on their websites. In my old district, I've had some personal dealings with some of the political mover and shakes. For example, the JP lives across the street from my parents. I still see her almost every Sunday when we visit.

After a long discussion, we decided that it was more important for the kids to see us vote than our own political views or lack of views.

The kids seemed excited about watching us vote. When we got home they were voting who would rule our house. Apparently, we need to have another child because Ethan voted for Josh. Preston voted for me. We told the kids that Josh and I would lead the house together.

Then it was time for mommy school. Today was another condensed day. I covered Writing and numbers. I figured the election covered social studies. We listened to the Muzzy CD in the car on the way to the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The only subject I didn't cover was science.

I called Jen to see if she would want to join us today. Jen has never gone on an adventure just me and the kids. Today was the longest that I have survived with the kids at the DMA.

When we first arrived the boys wanted to go in two different directions. Thank goodness Jen ran after Preston. I took off after Ethan. Preston wanted to play with the legos and magnets. Ethan wanted to do an art project. Eventually we were able to get the boys doing the same thing. Helping make a mosaic color wheel. We skipped story time so we could get lunch but the boys didn't want to leave the color wheel. When we finally got them to leave and get lunch we missed the guided tour of the museum. We were able to get the second story time and the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company performance. During the dance performance, they called for volunteers from the audience. One of the dances chose Preston. Preston was over the moon excited. He was the littlest kid on stage. I thought he was adorable trying to keep up with all the big kids.

Then we went back to the C3 studio and Ethan and Preston wanted to do one more art project. They decorated another box. Ethan made an alien mummy. Preston made an alien also.

We then checked out the new exhibit Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries. The museum has scavenger hunt sheets at the entrance to the exhibit. The boys were excited about the hunt. At the end of the exhibit there was an art project where you can trace different words and pictures and make your own poster. The kids loved the art project. Ethan really liked tracing the words.

When we got home and I turned on the election results. Ethan was excited whenever a state turned either blue or red.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A little science to start our week.

We love the Sci-Tech Discovery Center. I love the new mind stretching Monday's for preschoolers. Today's theme was Festival of Fun. It was all about food. They started off by reading the Hungry Caterpillar. Then they made caterpillars using grapes and chocolate chips for eyes. The boys had so much fun making them. Ethan couldn't wait to eat it.

Then it was off to learn about the chemistry of mixing food. We made a no bake pumpkin pie. Preston and Ethan decided that they don't like pumpkin. Okay you love pumpkin shakes, and pumpkin bread but pumpkin pie is just to much?  Whatevs.

While we were waiting, we did an art project. The kids were suppose to draw four things that they are thankful for. *sigh* I'm not sure what the pictures were that Preston drew. Ethan decided he was thankful for his dog.

Me: Um, Ethan you don't have a dog.

Ethan: I know but I will and when I get it I'll be thankful for it.

Me: um... I'm not so sure about getting a dog. As long as you are thankful.

Then he drew a picture of an ear of the friend he just meet. The kid was offended and didn't think the picture looked like him at all. That was when Ethan explained it was just his ear. I don't know what color the sky is in his world  but at least Ethan is happy living in it. I was afraid to ask what the other pictures were.

Then it was off to play with some play-doh and make chocolate covered bananas with sprinkles, then frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Next up the dyed bread then toasted it. Then they played a game where they rolled a dice and depending on what numbered they landed on they got a certain color fruit loop. Then they put the fruit loop on a string to make a necklace.The boys ate more fruit loops than what made it on to the string.

I have never seen my boys eat so much in two hours. I figured at lunch they wouldn't be hungry. I called Josh to see what he was doing for lunch. We meet up. The kids ate some more. I guess I'll be looking for larger size clothes for the boys soon.

When we got home I tried to do mommy school but Preston was in desperate need of a nap. While Preston slept, Ethan and I continued with school. I actually only planned for a light day because of the preschool they attended today.

Our Spanish was listening to the Muzzy CD in the car. I figured that we could skip art and science. It was just phonics, writing, and numbers. Today the boys had their first test. The test was suppose to be just for Ethan but I had Preston take it to see where he is. Ethan scored 100 on his test. Preston not so much. Then again he was was more interested drawing circles on the paper than actually answering the questions. It was so frustrating because he would verbally answer the question correctly but then circle all of the answers.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Highlights from last week.

I'm sorry that I haven't been blogging. A close family friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Another friend of my is moved away unexpectedly. I've been to upset to write much.

A few things that we have been doing. On Monday we started the new science curriculum and the kids love it. This past week we have been learning about jobs that use science everyday. Ethan has been wanting to watch the weather channel. They also have loved building things like an architect.

Tuesday the boys and I went to Going bonkers. I'm really glad that we did because we got to hang out with our friend who found out Thursday night that she was going to move on Saturday.

Wednesday was all about Halloween!

Thursday and Friday were all about school.

Saturday, Josh and I took the boys to see the new Disney movie. Wreak it Ralph. Seriously, a movie about a video game of course we were going to take our kids to it. I didn't have high hopes for the move because when Disney releases a movie during an off peak time they don't have a lot of hope for it. I don't know why they didn't release this during the summer. The movie was done so well. Then again I think the parents laughed more than the kids. At the end of the movie I teared up a little bit. After the movie the kids wanted to pretend they were Wreak it Ralph and Fix it Felix.

Today, we just had a lazy day at home. The boys spent the early afternoon playing outside.