Ethan is my creator. One morning I woke up and he had used yarn and scissors to piece together this little guy. He said it was Spiderman.
He asked me to glue it together so he could play with it. I was stumped at first, but then it all came together. I used spray glue and sprayed a piece of construction paper, placed it on top of the yarn man, and peeled him off the carpet. It worked perfectly! Then I laminated it and cut it out. He was ecstatic and I felt like I could work miracles. :)
Another fun thing we did recently was go to this awesome little park in the nearby town called Murphys. This park has a great little stream running through it. My sister was there with her kids, too.
Grant spent a good deal of time eating grapes and cookies. :) He doesn't like to take the plunge too often--maybe next summer.
Below is my little nephew, Oliver, trying to pet Oso. Oso likes Oliver since he can tease him and quickly run away.
I took Oso in for a dip, too! I gotta say, he hated it! But it was so cute to watch him swim that I couldn't resist getting some pictures. And then I had to show my sister and her kids. Poor little Oso was traumatized for a few minutes, but he got over it. You gotta be tough in this family.
In the picture above, you can tell he knows what's coming. :) I'm trying to talk him into it.
And he's off! He kept making a bee-line for that rock, every time. Later, I took him over to another part of the stream and was showing my nieces how he swam. He kept lifting his paws way up high, almost behind his head, and I wasn't even trying to put him in the water! He would do that just if I was in the water and holding him. It was as if he thought as long as his paws stayed as far away from the water as possible, he was safe. Then as I would lower him slowly down, he'd start swimming, before he even touched the water. He had his little propeller legs wound up and ready for action when he hit the water! He was so cute...and he hated me so much that day. :)
Another one of Ethan's creations is below. He found some things out in the backyard and wanted to make a train out of them. This time we used good ol' Elmer's glue. Those sticks are the wheels and the red thing is the funnel. And he made it for Grant, since Grant loves trains so much. I love how Ethan just finds things and thinks of other things to make them into. He's so creative.
I took some pictures of Oso and Grant playing. This is a stuffed kangaroo that Grant has and Oso took out a persona vendetta against. He would grab that thing by the jugular and drag it around the house like a kill. I think he was happy to finally have something bigger than him that he could dominate.
Here he is, running full out with that thing. :)
Speaking of being dominated, Ethan won this round. Poor little Oso...he's such a good doggie.
Yes, another one of Ethan. This picture below is him as a robot. He said he wants to be a robot for Halloween and use these boxes. I think it's a great idea so I'm saving boxes now, just in case he's still up for that in two months. (Craig has been sort of absent from this post...I'll get him next time.)
I've also been doing some canning! The lady I work with has given me lots of plums, pears, and apple pears. Below is the picture of the plum sauce I made and the bigger jars are plum apple jam.
This picture below is of the pears. I've had so much fun learning more about canning and the trial and error process! I am looking forward to doing an apple pear pie filling and then zucchini pickles!