Thursday, August 04, 2016

Summer Day 8/4

Today I took the girls for a walk on the Fairy Trail in the local nature reservation, a lovely adventure that was recently written up in the New York Times. It'd been on my to-do list all summer, so today the girls chose it over the zoo, and off we went.

And it was pretty thrilling to start walking along the trail and spot the fairy houses--L&G were so excited each time they saw one. They stopped after a while to make their own fairy things--a campfire from a ring of stones and flame-colored leaves was the highlight. The reservation is beautiful, and we were having an extremely pleasant stroll.

But then the stroll started going on and on and on, and I knew approximately how long it was supposed to be, and this was much much longer. And we were no longer passing other people. And there were no more trail markers, or fairy houses. We were lost in the woods--on a trail, yes, but not the right one. Fortunately, L&G were game for hiking and hiking, and eventually we made our way back to civilization.

After lunch and quiet time, we played a few games. Both girls are really into games right now, and we played Sequence for Kids and Hiss. We've also been playing a lot of Uno, Zingo, Busytown, and Busy Busy Airport. Then we went to the pool. Andrew came home on the early train and we ordered Chinese for dinner.

Determined to play until the very last second before bedtime, L&G created an elaborate camp setup in the yard and called it Camp Flaming Arrow--just like the camp in the latest Ivy & Bean book we read. This isn't the first time they've internalized Ivy & Bean's adventures. What a great series.

Once the girls were in bed, I plummeted down the frustrating wormhole of trying to figure out how to get the kids' favorite music/stories from iTunes onto my phone, since our new car doesn't have a CD player. Storage woes, syncing, format incompatibilities, etc etc. This is why we need a used car with a CD player. It's insane.

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