When we got back from camping I forced myself to buckle down for a week or two and work on some of the "projects" I brought home from grandma's in addition to some of the housework that had gotten neglected in all the packing and unpacking, which seems to be the new state of normal in the house. As we were cleaning out the basement of the farmhouse someone brought up this water fountain and asked if I wanted it. I assumed they were joking and I said "no" but was later convinced to reconsider as dad said something like "you could hook it up to the hose for the kids". This indeed was a great idea, but as drinking from garden hoses is now frowned upon (especially by the state of CA), as is running drinking water through brass fittings, it was a giant pain in the butt to get all the pieces necessary. After a million trips to a variety of home improvement stores we now have a water fountain installed off the front porch.
In addition to mud and yard work, we snuck out to the splash park the other week with some friends. The kids were ecstatic to be going but once there it took a while for them to warm up (or warm up enough literally that they needed to cool down!):
And some random videos that have been hanging around my phone. One night when we did our Bedtime Math (http://bedtimemath.org/booking-down-the-hall/) it was about the Seattle library's domino effect and Matthew really wanted to duplicate it. Here was his attempt:
And this one is from our trip to Virginia I think. A few months ago we checked out the "All God's Critters" book from the library. The kiddos love it and after enough repetitions Matthew can pretty much sing the whole thing, but as he has been exploring his own sense of humor he often changes the words to songs: