If you had told me ten years ago that someday I would pretty much become a superhero expert, I would have laughed. I would have laughed loud and perhaps uncontrollably. But now I know things like:
Green Lantern wears a power ring that gives him the ability to create solid objects.
Batman’s true identity is billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Mr. Freeze, enemy of Batman, is a former scientist who possesses a freeze gun and wears a cryogenic (explain THAT to a 5-year old) suit in order to survive.
As parents, we learn stuff like this to have something to talk about with our kids; to show them that we care about their interests. When I am able to hold my own in a conversation about superheroes with my boys, I see appreciation and pride in their eyes. That look is enough to make me do ridiculous things such as cooking up a chilly batch of Mr. Freeze Dough for afternoon free play.
Every spring, I look forward to starting flower and vegetable seeds with the boys. It usually starts off well enough, and I begin to feel hopeful that this will be the year that the seeds actually grow. Continue reading →
Several days ago, my children received a generous box of wooden trains, tracks, and accessories from their Great Aunt. They were my cousin’s trains when he was a little boy, and Colin and Owen have thoroughly been enjoying them!
Deep inside of the box were several broken and chipped road signs. Colin asked me if I was going to throw them out. I replied, “No. We can fix these signs right up.” He cheered! Continue reading →
The hammering of woodpeckers, creaking tree branches, rippling water, and the giggles of children are just some of the beautiful sounds that can be heard when you enjoy free play in the forest. Continue reading →