Yesterday afternoon while Lily napped, Henry invited me outside to go "cloud-gazing" with him.
How can you turn down an invitation from this boy? I cannot.
So we grabbed the picnic blanket and headed to the backyard. It was hot. And bright. And the clouds didn't offer much in the way of hidden images. But I loved the chance to sit outside with my boy and look at the sky.
After about 10 minutes, Henry rolled over, looked at me and said, "well...this isn't very fun. Wanna go inside and play Playmobil instead?"
We laid on our bellies in the front room and I marveled at his imagination as he explained the very detailed scenario he had conjured wherein the Swiss Family Robinson, carefully aligned along the walls of the castle, were holding off the invading pirates. The Nerf darts were canons. The wood blocks were rocks. All the masts from his pirate ships were logs, tied together, waiting to be rolled down at the pirates. And there were various boobie traps all along the beach.
As you might have guessed, we watched Swiss Family Robinson Sunday night. A power outage stopped the movie just as it was getting to the crowning battle scene (Robinson's vs. the pirates) at the end of the movie. I let Henry finish it Monday afternoon and as soon as it was over he ran in to me and said, "Mom!! That was such a good movie! It was awesome! I'm going to be playing that for a long time!!"