Man, I guess we have germs.
Last week Henry randomly got watery diarrhea. I thought he drank some of the soapy water from the water table they were playing in the day before. He had wanted bubbles in it so I added dish soap. I told him not to drink it, but there was a few minutes where he was alone with it and you know how toddlers (especially boys) can be.
But yesterday, 7 days since Henry was sick, Ada got horrible watery diarrhea. She must have pooped 30 times yesterday between the afternoon and the middle of the night. She also had diarrhea on Sunday night, but it didn’t last long.
What is going on! It’s weird that she would be sick on Sunday night, then super sick on Tuesday night, and so many days apart from when Henry was sick…
I just hope my delicate intestines don’t catch it. I do not bounce back well. Plus the entire house falls apart while I’m down because no one else can figure out how to pick up their dirty clothes, do the dishes, throw trash in a trash can, or any of those other lovely things.
Anyway, on a happier note here are some pictures from our afternoon at the park on Monday.
The kids LOVE the metro parks here in Columbus! There’s so much to do and so many different trails and nature centers to explore. It’s great. Henry cries when we leave. He will cry the entire way home. “Me go baaaaack. ME GO BACK!!”
See the raccoon?
Zoomed in…it was up really high. While we hike I teach the kids to be observant of sounds and little things they might otherwise not notice, like raccoons 30 ft. up a tree!
Not pictured here…when we used an empty water bottle to dip into the ponds we found and see what we caught. I really wanted to catch a fairy shrimp, but no luck. We got lots of larvae and some little tiny flea looking things I didn’t recognize. I need to google what they could be.
It was so funny because Henry got all into it. “What we get? Let me see!”
When it warms up more outside we’ll take nets and see what we scoop up. There are lots of crawdads and tiny fish in summer. Frogs too!
I love spending time with my kids outside. It’s probably one of the best parts about homeschooling.
While learning curriculum is important–math skills, reading, writing, etc.–I also feel like a vital part of becoming a lifelong learner is making great memories, exploring, fueling their curiosity.
I used to feel weird when we were out doing things during the day instead of looking at workbooks and doing “schoolwork” at the table. Then I realized the great authors of the world, the most amazing inventors, and all of the fascinating people we look up to have life stories that involve a lot more than just school. Da Vinci hated school and spent most of his time hiding out on the hillside watching and observing animals and birds. Ben Franklin learned about electricity when fooling around outside with a kite. Authors base their stories upon people they observed, places they went, things they experienced.
So the focus of our days has changed somewhat. We do math, we continue building reading skills, we learn about periods in history, we read poetry, we learn about science, and then we drop everything and DO. Get out of the house and explore…
I wish we had more cash flow so we could travel to more places. I’m hoping once we get our debt paid off then the kids will be older and we’ll really be able to take some interesting side trips around the US.
For now we are exploring what’s nearby, and I guess there is plenty to do here. Rosie and I are reading a biographical novel about Harriet Tubman right now. Rosie is horrified at the treatment slaves experienced. The book is really making it come alive for her.
Since we live in Ohio and Kentucky, we are in a underground railroad area full of history. We’re going to The Freedom Museum in Cincinnati soon, maybe on Sunday. There are a lot of other related historical sites in the area that I’m going to research and map out to visit over the next few months.
Speaking of Rosie, I need to get off of the computer and go drag her out of bed. As she approaches preteen years she’s started wanting to sleep in all day…
By the way, I think I totally forgot to share this video from Easter at my in-laws house!