playing with water and geography

Aurora got a package ready this week for her friend Silas who lives on the other side of the world. She misses playing with him, she really enjoyed his family being home for a while when his baby sister was born (she is just a bit older than Gideon)

(The top pictures is Aurora holding up the country that Silas lives in, she really likes her magnetic world map and loves learning about geography, the second is her silly letter to him – she dictated. )

The weather has been so hot lately, as everyone knows, so the kids have been playing in the kiddie pool or pond any chance they get. Yesterday they didn’t end up getting in the pool for more than a second, but they did enjoy playing with the hose while it filled up. It takes so long for the water to warm up in the pool (unless you bring a lot of buckets of hot water out) that they sometimes wait until the second day to actually swim.

They love drinking from the hose

This butterfly was flying all over my mom’s garden yesterday while the kids played, so I had to get a picture of him too. The kids love watching butterflies.

My little nephew got his first bee(or wasp) sting yesterday, poor little guy was quite distraught. (he’s not quite 3 yet) The boys learned that mustard takes out the stinger and makes it stop hurting. (Aurora discovered this already a month or so ago when she got her first sting by a rather nasty wasp).

Zeke was quite disturbed though when it was time to wash off the mustard (he was getting it EVERYWHERE) he thought that if we washed it off it would start to hurt again. Instead of just trying to explain (which we did, but with toddlers that isn’t always useful) we took marker (obviously a washable, non-toxic one) and drew a little smiley face on it and told him that was the next step to making it better. Of course he believed us completely, was very pleased and went around happily showing off his smily face.

It’s funny how little things (like band-aids or “kissing it better”) can make all the difference in a toddler’s comfort. Ā šŸ˜‰

Oh, and here is a video of Gideon calling dada, he calls “Rora” to and I do have a video of that but here is this one for now. šŸ™‚ I’m bias, I know, but he is just the cutest thing in the whole world. šŸ™‚




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6 thoughts on “playing with water and geography

  1. Anna-Marie

    Love when kids learn to say Dada and Mama, so wonderful:) As we travel so much I can understand you daughter missing her friend we go thru that when we move, it is so hard for the kids and the parents. Love you monster background:)

  2. emerya


    SO nice to meet you from the Happy Hello link-up on my blog (Holistic Homemaking). I am definitely a new fan of your blog – from reading your bio I connect with you on many levels (mission work, homeschooling, the Lord …).

    I look forward to reading more of your post! Thanks for linking up at the Happy Hello this week! Come again!

  3. A Little R & R

    Thank you so much for linking up at the Mommy Teaches Blog Hop. I LOVE that magnetic map! I need to look into getting one of those. Being a missionary in Croatia – I have lots of family and friends in the States – and even in other countries. That would be great in helping our kids connect better with where “Grandma and Grandpa” live. And – you learn something new everyday…I didn’t know that mustard is good for bee stings! That’s really useful information, right there. And I got a chuckle out of the smiley face. As mommies, we really need to be creative on our toes, don’t we? Thanks again for linking up! Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R:

    1. my2monsters Post author

      Thanks for visiting!
      She has a lot of missionary friends and friends around the US and Canada too and loves learning where they all live (although she really doesn’t grasp how far away places like Indonesia are at all LOL)
      I did check and you can get the map on Amazon, I got it through a homeschool supplies company but can’t remember what one, I know there are comments about it from a post a while back.
      Yes, both mustard and mud work to draw out the stinger. šŸ™‚ very handy! and as for the smiley face, apparently my mom had to redraw it after she gave him a bath that night. LOL


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