Drizzly weather meant that we had the park mostly to ourselves. We first went on a long walk through the woods and then stopped to play at various playgrounds on our way back to the car. While the kids played, I read articles and wrote (which honestly has been a dream of mine since starting grad school, though the dream involves a little more afternoon sunshine than afternoon showers, but I guess that doesn't matter because the dream is hardly ever realized, anyway). That's another perk to having pool season be over and playground season begin; there are more opportunities for "the dream."
Today I only had Benjamin, Zoë, and Alexander, who insisted on dressing up as an owl even though it was nearly 80°F! He had on that darling (if I do say so, myself) crochet had and his hood the entire afternoon until he got so flushed that I forced him out of it.
He's been very interested in dressing up lately and most days you can find him wearing an assortment of super hero t-shirts and capes or his owl costume. One day he was a zombie lion. In fact, let me just find that video really quick (from September 10):
This obsession of his—which has lasted for years now—is very appropriate lately because he's been pronouncing his name "Owl-exander." He says a lot of things with an "-owl-" that should be with an "-al-"; for example, "Owl-exander" likes to eat "s-owl-ad."
He ran through the park "hoo-hooing" and flapping his wings all afternoon.
Miriam stayed home to practice the organ and embroider (it's Friday free day!) and Rachel stayed home to bake Andrew a birthday cake (which sounds so delicious and will probably elicit a rant from me in the near future).
The park was so empty that we even had the skatepark to ourselves. That never happens and the kids have been dying to try it out (but I never let them because it simply doesn't seem safe when there are skateboarders zipping all around):