It was also my kick-off for mentoring a refugee. I picked up our new friend at 11:00- a single mom with a five year old, who I will refer to as Lyn and An.
Summer shirts are always the first order of business- herding cats I tell you. A challenge because they are all so excited that summer is finally here and play, play, play is the order of day. I know, I know, but how will you have a summer shirt to wear if you don't make it?
I did pull out the water table for the little ones as they finished up.
Everyone was ready for a snack which is storytime as well. From We Bloom Here, I discovered a new book about storytelling. I tried one of the activities Emily suggested. Onto a set of white cardstock, Missy Bugg affixed a picture. I cut these from magazines and such. Each child chose a picture. I started the story, and each one in turn continued the story adding an element involving the chosen picture. Oh my, how I love such creative thinking. Even my little Mr. Smiley, barely three, got the hang of it. An earlier picture included bacon, eggs and toast. His picture was of a kitten, so his story addition informed us that the bacon fell off the table on the kitten's head and the kitten ate it up!
Shirts, stories and snacks complete, we headed up the hill to explore the fort, swings, and other play.
This gave me and Uncle Jimi a few minutes to canoodle with our newest lovie Grayson. Another Playdate helper returning with her tiniest Playdater.
|Of course, the mesmerizing shirt of antiquity making an appearance just for him.|
While we were enjoying her new boy, Annie Laura delighted my peeps by joining them in their play.
|That monkey in the tree has certainly grown.|
Bean took most of the playground pictures and is so good to find cool stuff in the creek and share it the littles.A bonus, the old Playdate helpers are coming with their littles-sweet. And sometimes we have a reunion. Claire played in my yard and creek when she was a bit of a girl and we enjoyed her company with her three wee folk today as well.
And what you don't see- angels watching over us- praise be!