It’s really nice to be able to get out of the house without kids on occasion. I highly recommend it.
The two of them decided to cuddle together while watching a movie today.
There’s something for everyone at a book store. Granted, some of the kids were more Interested in playing with trains than browsing for reading materials, but that’s okay.
He often spends his days building awesome LEGO creations. They’re well worth the time!
He may enjoy quietly building by himself, but he’s also a very active guy. He tends to make the most of a trip to a playground.
He’s happier crawling around on the floor to build than sitting at an actual table. And that’s okay.
Week 45 of my 365 photo project exploring our unschooling life.
He thinks the best place to build with DUPLO bricks is to sit in the tub along with them. He’s not wrong.
Books can lead to special moments.
He was bursting with excitement on Halloween. It was very visible, since he refused to wear his Kylo Ren mask.
They enjoy building tents so they can read together in peace and quiet
I think his face says it all. This is the expression of a boy who loves books, and is surrounded by them.
It’s her favorite slide st her favorite playground. What could be a better way to spend the morning?
He’s been enjoying graphic novels a lot lately. This is what he was doing between chess games at today’s tournament.
Week 44 of my 365 photo project showing a glimpse into our unschooling life.
He lives for puzzles.
N has been teaching his little brother how to play chess. He’s been developing his own methods to teach him the basic concepts of the game. He’s very proud of his teaching skills.
Today we built a 3D puzzle together. It was a first for the kids, and they loved it!
He recently decided to embraced reading and his skill at it. Here he is, finishing a book completely on his own for the first time!
They love building contraptions with this vintage Erector Set.
Gaming with cousins and an aunt can be a lot of fun.
They had a blast today, all costumed up along with some assorted cousins.
Week 43 of my 365 project exploring our unschooling life.
He gets very excited about new discoveries in Minecraft.
She’s concentrating hard, trying to decide out how best to draw a tiger.
She wants to be as capable as her big siblings, particularly when it comes to climbing on playground equipment.
This is his idea of a quiet afternoon activity.
For some reason the kitchen has been a favorite playplace lately. They’re doing a lot of different things right now, but they’re also together.
He’s been moving beyond DUPLO bricks lately and has is very proud of his most recent LEGO build.
The entire morning has been consumed by the construction and operation of a DUPLO railroad. H has been a great big sister, helping M to design amd build it all.
It doesn’t seem very long ago that I started this photo project, but now it’s nearly at an end. Only ten more weeks and we’ll be at the end of the year! I don’t know if I’ll continue the series for another year, but for right now I hope you enjoy this week’s glimpse into…
We really enjoy the Ninjago tv show as a family, so today I took five of the kids to the new movie. It was quite a disappointing movie, but we still had fun together!
We’ve been trying out some new games lately, and Gigamons is turning out to be a big hit!
N set up shop at the park to sell sand cakes and sand cookies to his siblings. They paid him in sand. In short, it was a typical day at the park!
For her half-birthday, she picked out some pony stuffed animals from the toy store. As you can see, she really loves them!
It was a cold and rainy day, so we headed down to the library and spent a while reading. Just the sort of morning I really enjoy.
M loves water. Swimming, taking baths, playing in the sink, you name it. So sometimes, like this morning, I fill a sink with water and leave him to his own devices.
Mrs. Hatter had a cart that needed assembling. N, our family builder, set to work and put it together quite deftly and with no help to speak of. H did come along eventually and helped screw on a couple of wheels, but otherwise it was all his work.
It was another fun week around our house. Although we didn’t venture into the mountains or to any museums in Denver, we found plenty to do. A trip to the movie theater, new games to play, parks, libraries, and things to build kept the kids busy and happy.
On my last day in Portland, since the convention was over, I spent the day wandering around the city, photographing bridges and the like. I’d never walked across the Broadway Bridge before, so that’s where I headed first.
He loves trains almost as much as he loves sharks. This morning he was all about building DUPLO railroads.
She loves writing, and spends quite a bit of time every day working on her story. I’m not sure what it’ll be like when she’s finished, but I’m excited to read it!
There are a lot of shark documentaries available these days, but this one is his favorite at the moment.
We spent in the morning up in the mountains walking around a lake. It was nice to get up high where the air was cooler.
She loves looking through portholes on playground structures. This time we were at a playground that we’d never visited before, and you can tell from the expression on her face that she loved it!
He spend a lot of time building. Nine times out of ten, what he’s working on is a new supervillain, complete with a fictional biography and list of powers and abilities. This boy loves building super villains, but even more than that he loves making up stories about them.
Picking up where I left off last week, I spent Sunday in Portland before flying home that night and had a great time wandering around the city one last time. The next day it was more or less business as usual! Which means that we built things, wrote, hiked, played, and learned about sharks!
Her hair is a bit messy, and she’s still in the dress she wore to church, but books are far more importwnt than any of that!
They just keep finding more and more of these little guys.
This is their preferred method of swinging, and they’re really good ar it.
This bridge is new to me, since it was built since the last time I was in Portland. It’s also really cool.
To kick off Home Dad Con, some of us went on a photo walk across the Burnside Bridge.
Early the next morning, before official convention activities began, it was time for a trip to Stumptown for some amazing coffee.
I went by Cup amd Bar a couple of times, and this time I ordered their drinking chocolate, which is served alongside whipped cream and sparkling water to offset the incredible richness of the chocolate itself. It was really, really delicious.
I had an amazing, but exhausting week. It started normal enough, but early Wednesday morning I headed off to Portland for Home Dad Con, an amazing yearly gathering of At-Home Dads. The convention itself was wonderful. I made some great new friends, learned a lot about how to improve in my work as a father,…