We've been in full on pirate mode lately. Pirates, pirates, pirates. Pretend play? Pirates. Tell a story? Pirate story. Hiking? Searching for pirate treasure. Everything is translated into pirate. It is hilarious. And also amazing to me how incredibly passionate my son is about them and learning about them.
One project we've been really into is creating maps. Thanks to pirates, First Mate can sketch out the layout of our house and read maps with ease. He'll draw paths for me to follow, wandering from room to room.
Last week I filled a tiny wooden treasure box with a handful of hard candy "jewels" and hid it in the yard, tucked under a tomato plant. Then I drew a map of the backyard and rolled it up and put it in a bottle. And tossed the bottle in the yard for the Mates to find. Which they did. Imagine the look on their faces when they realized it was a map! A pirate treasure map!
Oh, the giggles and excited squeals that followed, I could drink their happiness.
There is nothing more fulfilling than making my kids happy.
So I've been terribly quiet here, for reasons I shared on my personal blog today, and also because I've been so "in the moment" that I haven't felt inspired to capture anything on camera. I wanted to keep all these fleeting moments to myself for a bit. Drink it all in.
I hope you are welcoming the month of June and summer with open arms! I know we are!