"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Exerting Forces, Feng Shui & a Birthday too!

Nevermind that it was a certain girl's birthday. There was yardwork to do!

First up, a complete upheaval of the heaviest backyard equipment and all because I've been suffering from a bad Feng Shui flow for a year now. The trampoline and the swingset HAD to be swapped out, one in place of the other. That led to fifty more things that subsequently had to be done. Like redistributing mounds of dirt and mulch that lived around the tramp...And re-homing worms (to the bellies of the chickens, sorry guys)...
And lots of experimenting with the forces of push and pull... Caden's shoes were a prime example of friction and had Simone re-thinking her placement in the whole endeavor. PaPa and Daddy were more than willing to sacrifice my help so that I could document their efforts instead. Always doing my part...
All this by the light of the half-moon as noted by astronomist Simone.
By 8:00 it was a mad dash into the kitchen to feed the children and make some very last-minute cupcakes for a very last-minute birthday song and feast.(No worries, the girl will get a proper party later next week!)

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