We’ve been working diligently to finish our school year, even though we plan to continue some work throughout the summer. It’s been such a great school year for us for many reasons, but mostly because the boys have been working hard and keeping *mostly* good attitudes. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I’m sure that helps, too. I’m finally understanding the benefit of giving long breaks and not being a slave to the work if the temperaments aren’t lending themselves to it. We do much better after our hearts are in the right place. =)
Our home has been filled with music. Micah is enjoying playing the bongos along with Ethan’s piano practice, but he also just started using an app called “Piano Maestro” which has motivated him (and me) to play the piano! Now we have three people trying to get time on the piano! Ethan is also working on the computer to notate his own song, a version of Heart and Soul. Ethan has a virtual piano recital next Friday. We will send a link to you to watch and vote for his pieces. It will be called, “Some Good Piano.” (Yes, that intentionally looks like Some Good News on YouTube).
The boys are very into birds and now like to go for walks and bike rides in order to make more pictures of them. They also are starting to use a photo editing program to fix up some of their pictures. And, Wingspan continues to be a favorite pastime for Ethan and me.
Ethan needed to wear crazy hair for one of his piano lessons, but didn’t want me to show anyone. Ever since, Micah has been wearing his hair in a ponytail on the top of his head randomly throughout the day. I’m sure you’ve spotted a few pictures already with his new hairstyle. =)
The boys have also continued keeping up with their buddies via FaceTime chats.
And we’ve been taking daily walks. Often this means that Mike and Ethan are throwing the frisbee and Micah is riding his scooter, but every now and then we all just walk and talk! Those are my favorites. =)
Mike ordered something fun for us – a slack block. We use it to improve our balance. It’s a lot harder than it looks!
Other updates include finishing a puzzle, reading a book with Daddio most nights, ordering (and mostly enjoying) Indian food take out, doing coins, and Daddy fixing Ethan’s bike!
And finally, we’ve had a couple more LEGO Master competitions.
1. Mom and Dad conceded to the boys on the first one because theirs was WAY cooler than ours. Mom and Dad built a frog on a lily pad, while the boys built a parrot in a tree and had a shining sun floating in the background.
2. We had to build bigger versions of mini-figs. Mom and Dad built the ice queen; Ethan and Micah built a soldier, complete with a rifle shooting a bullet, a canon and a tree. Technically, Mom and Dad may have come away with a win on this one, but the votes were more sporadic.