Thursday, May 14, 2009

what they are into right now

Here is what the boys have been enjoying playing lately when they are playing with me. Usually this takes place after dinner when we go outside. It's the ideal time for Rainer to be outdoors because he is so sensitive to the sun and by that time it is down and the yard is friendly again.

Lately Dieter likes to put on little "shows," complete with intermission, just like when he sees a play or performance of big brother or big sister at the local high school. So Dieter puts on a pirate show or a trampoline show or a wild animal show or what have you and then we break for an intermission. It is really cute: Dieter mans the "booth" (the Little Tykes log cabin--yeah, a giant hunk of plastic--not my taste so much but this at least is "vintage"--left over from Faith and Jacob's childhood. It is actually quite a fun toy if you must know). He goes in there, arranges rocks on the little built-in table, then throws open the shutters for business. I go to the window and order my intermission snack. "Coffee and a cookie" is classic, of course, and he hands me two rocks. It's also fun to think of fanciful intermission faire. May I have a ham sandwich? Bag of popcorn? Apple juice? Yes, yes, yes, as he piles more rocks into my hands. Rainer takes a different approach when he is ordering. He leans in through the little window and selects the rocks he wants. Good stuff people.
The photos are unrelated . . . but much prettier than a Little Tykes log cabin. Happy Thursday.

7 comments:

Lisa said...

We have a lot of plastic at our house, including a big giant little tikes house- ours isn't a cabin though. We inherited it when the neighbors moved. I like it because it was a) free b) saved from the landfill and c) I don't have to worry about it getting ruined in the weather. My husband talks of building a proper fort, but for now this is working well.

Is one of those a picture of a tent on a boat? That just sounds like heaven, on a still lake.

Joy said...

Thanks for sharing, Mary Beth. I love to hear about little one's imagination running wild like that. :)

Anonymous said...

Where did you find that awesome postcard? The one of the left, with the couple snuggling inside of the tent? I'd love to order that as a gift for my sweetie.
Elsie

Anonymous said...

Oops! I think it's a dad snuggling his child. I didn't look closely enough. But still, I LOVE it and want a copy! :)Elsie

melissa s. said...

oh my gosh i love that he offers snacks at intermission!

nova_j said...

lol my little girl's favourite game right now is playing shop keeper - she stands on a chair, using the back as her counter.. amazing how they seem to stock almost anything you could ask for! ;)

Mary Beth said...

Elsie--yes, a daddy snuggling his child in a tent. Good stuff. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I have drastically cut back on my computer time. Here is the link:
http://www.buyolympia.com/q/Artist=Nikki+McClure
Just cut and paste it and it should work. It's Nikki McClure.