Monday, August 23, 2010
These are words I have never heard on a repeated basis from ANY of my children until now....
Sophia (who tuned 8 in June) seems to be going through an "I'm bored" phase. She is the first of my kids who have ever come to me and repeatedly told me that she is bored, there is nothing to do, etc...it doesn't matter what I offer as a suggestion or even if we get out and do something. At first I thought that was it, that since we haven't have any money or transportation that she was just sick of being home, but in the last week a friend has picked us up and we have gone to the zoo and a local "splash" park plus we went to movie night at the church and they go to Sunday School--which they LOVE--each week and she even went to the aquarium and out to dinner with my mother last week. But the second the activity is over I can see that look in her eyes and I know what words will soon follow.....
There is lots to do here--unrestricted screen time (both tv and computer--although the boys do dominate the computer!), crafts, brothers to play with, I have sewn with her, woods across the street that she seems to love to explore, a park they visit almost daily, a new puppy (don't get me started on that one), toys galore--plenty of girl things like dolls, barbies, bratz dolls, polly pockets, plus every boy and gender neutral toy you can think of, books to read...but she still flops on my bed at least a few times a day and exclaims "I am so bored"......
I don't know where she has even picked up the expression, maybe from some tv show, because it isn't a phrase that is uttered in our house. She seems to genuinely have this deep felt sense of boredom....I hope it is a passing thing, but still am unsure what to do.....
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Perseid Meteor Shower to put on a show Aug 11-13
Every August, just when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower — the Perseid meteor shower — makes its appearance. The best time to watch for meteors will be from the late-night hours of Wednesday, Aug, 11 on through the predawn hours of Aug. 13 – two full nights and early mornings. Patient skywatchers with good conditions could see up to 60 shooting stars an hour or more
Last year the kids and I attended a program at a local (or should I say not so local, it took about 40 minutes to get there) nature preserve and had the opportunity to always look skyward with some most excellent telescopes! I haven't been able to find any local listing for programs, so we may just go and sit on the hill next to the house and look skyward, the shooting stars are easily visible with the naked eye!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Northern lights could illuminate the sky late Tuesday nightAttention, Earthlings: The sun is spewing plasma toward you, and the results could be beautiful.
I have always wanted to see the northern lights and apparently tonight is my chance, since a trip to Alaska isn't in my future anytime soon! Can't wait to see if I can see anything!