Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Morning

This morning we awoke to rain.  Skyler woke early (5ish), but stayed on his top bunk to read (The Mysterious Benedict Society).  Gryffin was already in the big bed, so stayed snuggled in and asleep to the late hour of 6:30.   We breakfasted, made the beds, opened the windows wide to let in the smell of the rain & watched the garden drink deeply. 
Corner of 'The Big Bed', everyone's favorite place to watch the rain

This morning the boys are doing projects with maps...I have no idea what sparked the interest, but maps are located and pondered over.   Gryffin finds interesting things on the map of Massachusetts, Skyler is finding all the places he knows on the map of Cambridge.   Right now, Skyler is sitting at his new desk, working on a graph paper, to scale, map of his room, which includes a number of secret and previously undiscovered passageways.  Hmmm. 

Skyler's new desk was our labor day labor :).   A true 'back-to-school' prep for this homeschooled child.   This desk was found on the curb across the street -- we spent the weekend removing awful hardware, sanding down even more awful dark-brown laminate, and painting.  There's a piece of plexiglass covering the top so Sky can conduct science experiments or mix wizards potions without destroying the surface.  
Later in the morning the boys were invited by my sister, her husband & my niece for a walk to the wet park.   I join them later, walking along with my camera in hand and find these moments...
Camera play - puddle focusing on the surface 

Camera play - same shot, but focusing on the reflection

Cousin Beatrix




We return home...me to my tea & this post.  The boys to further rainy day explorations in the backyard, where there are holes to dig and worms to find.  And treaure to bury.  And mud to make. 



"in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
when the world is puddle-wonderful"

e.e. cummings

[I know it's late summer, not spring, but this morning was soooo mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful that I just had to add ee cummings to my post.  Hope your morning was luscious & wonderful too.]



  1. you have a beautiful family :)

    love the work on the desk!

  2. Thanks Lori! We are thrilled about how the desk came out too -- yay for re-using!