Our masterpiece

We completed our biggest culinary project yet–a fruit tart! It was really an all-day affair, and Sam was interested and involved the whole time, measuring, stirring, operating the food processor, decorating. The design is inspired by his time at Bug Club this morning (a zoo program where kids go to seriously geek out about insects). According to Sam, the blueberries are ants, the strawberries are beetles, the cherries are ant eyes, and raspberries are dirt. 

   
    
 

A new look

Sam has been interested in a cooler look for a long time. For months, he’s been asking to get either a Mohawk or a ponytail. The Mohawk won out because it wouldn’t take years to attain.

   
    
   

Sam’s First Race

We are so, so proud of Sam for completing his first race!  Dave and I both started running last year, and Sam thought it sounded like fun to run in races and win medals. We found out about a 1/2 mile kids’ dash happening near us, so we signed him up and began practicing. Sam and I have been going out for 1/2 mile practice runs after dinner every night. It hasn’t been easy for him. Our earliest runs included a lot of walking breaks and took 11-12 minutes to complete. He kept working at it, though, and got his half-mile time down to 7 minutes. We have no idea how long he took to run the race today, but it doesn’t matter at all.  He was strong and confident and had a great time running!

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Making potstickers

Sometimes making dinner is a hectic chore at the end of the workday, and sometimes your kid gets excited about assembling potstickers, making dinner prep easy and fun.

 

Sam put these together himself!

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Farm school

Our CSA holds a weekly farm school for kids in July and August.  One of the farmers talks with the kids about some part of the farm. Last week he took us to see a beaver dam and explained how the dam affected the fields. Today, we got to see how they grind up grains for the pigs. We also took a short hay ride to see the pigs and watch them eat. Sam loves farm school, which isn’t surprising.  Nature, animals, plants, and tractors–all things he loves!