So when a woman I'd met a few times started up her own group and wanted to meet on my side of the river, I thought I'd give it a shot, because even if the time was pushing the envelope for picking up M2, I'd at least be close at hand. Couldn't hurt, right?
It's been a better fit than I ever thought possible.
Last month, our monthly meeting theme was arts and crafts. Our fearless leader led one craft; I led another.
The kids are always up for something new and fun!
OK, except for M1, who gets kind of bored when he has to sit for more than fifteen seconds at a time.
This month's meeting was about Latin America, led by a woman who was born in Panama. She taught the kids a few basic words and phrases, talked about customs such as Dia de los Muertes, and led them in creating Lucha Libre masks.
Then this weekend, we held a fall festival. We thought about renting a venue, but I figured what the hey, I've got a big yard, let's DO IT!!!
They changed out of their costumes and played a game called "In the River, On the Bank" and won prizes.
So we all had a great time. I think. I hope we can do it again next year, and I hope the weather is just as beautiful then as it was yesterday. I even came out of it with what is probably the last sunburn of the year! The kids, even better, were exhausted.
When I was on my way to bed, I stepped into M1's room to check on him and saw this stuck in the top of his fish tank:
It was his prize from the costume contest... slightly altered.
Slightly competitive much? I just had to smile. My boy is so proud of all he does. It just cracks me up.