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

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor-less Day

Okay, so you know I'm kind of lying if you have 3 kids 6 and under and you've ever been to the beach. There was some labor involved but add a Daddy to the mix and I tell ya, easy peasy lemon squeazy. Oh crap, I forgot how that saying goes.

Anyway, it would be an understatement to say I was obsessed with my wee little surfer man. That rash guard makes me melt. So does his straight hair. And let me add that NO ONE complains of this boy's hair length when he's dressed in his surf gear. Oh no. Not a one. There's no mistaking him for the opposite gender. He plays the part to a tee. (ditto that on my Wook!)
And since he's been allergic to water all season, it's refreshing seeing him finally enjoy it!And I mean REALLY enjoy it. The boy couldn't get enough!And luckily, there were plenty of ways to relish the salty stuff. Boogie pulling by a daddy...Surf-side, upside-down cheek eating...As well as mommy-made staged photos...And is this a first? All my men in one shot?! Yes- I believe it is!Okay, enough of the testosterone, how about my athletic Bomey for a change of pace!? This shot struck me with how amazingly muscular my girl is! Takes after her momma I guess. ;pAnd always my #1 model. Always.I'd model myself but this is all you'd get... I'm not very expressive though.Once the beach cleared, and I used Rich (and his Coors) as my test subject for lighting...we celebrated with a family photo session. Thank You Susan!!! About dang time! We are so lame about making this work more often.Caden was in the mood for a solo session afterward despite the fact that he wouldn't sit on my lap for our family picture due to the load in his pants. Apparently, sitting on rocks is more favorable.Finally, a sunset game of beach hopscotch...We were hardcore beach-goers that day as usual. 9pm I think it was and toasting smore's until the bitter end!

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"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
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