He was determined to re-create some Clavin and Hobbes images he saw in one of my old books.
We spent quite a bit of time climbing through the trees at the nearby park this evening. He loved every moment of it.

Yesterday the sun was red from the wildfires out west. Today it's still a little red in the sky as the sun comes up.

I'm tired of swapping out batteries all the time, because they die in the xbox controllers. I can't believe I'm doing this but I'm playing with it plugged into the console. I've taken a wireless controller and made it wired...

Ever since Chris showed him the magic of climbing in trees, he's been loving crawling around in branches.

We worked more today on laying more bricks today. That's the 3rd and final one for this area. Now to actually get some plants and what not in place.

We had fun today playing with the Trogdor boardgame. We didn't play by the normal rules, but we did have fun.

We called my mother and wished her a happy birthday, but I forgot to take a photo. So you get a tomato photo! The first tomato picked for the season.

A smurf diorama someone built in the living room....

He loves to explore the various paths by buck creek after it's rained. And it's been rainy earlier today, which means mud!
Lots of climbing and investigating.
And seeing how deep he can get before water gets into his boots.

I'm off this week and today is a holiday, so bonus! I started digging to lay down some more bricks on one of the terraces by the house. I put some bricks down earlier this year and one area last year. Eventually I'll fill up the area with plans but for now, we dig!
I tossed a pork tenderloin in to the oven, following a recipe from a Harry Potter cookbook a co-worker gave me last year.
And we continued work in Minecraft on another base area the 5 year old picked out. We seem to move bases a lot...

He loves to sleep with a bed full of stuffed animals. Harry Potter plushies are even better still.

All summer squirrels have been eating the tomatoes as they grow on the plants. Finally one has started to turn red. I've given up on one plant and let them pick that clean. This one is off away and harder to get it and has quite a few green ones on it as well.

We spent the morning running around as Harry Potter at the park before I started work.
And in the evening when I was off, we finally watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He loved every minute of it.

We played more Minecraft and I spent some time gathering resources and building a track between a few bases that Jeff, Quinn and I have.

I can't complain too much when the sun is out. Soon it will be cold and snowy.

Minecraft themed mazes! He enjoys mazes so I thought he might enjoy this book.

We've been playing lots of Minecraft together. My preference is survival and the little one humors me.

He had a fun day, video chatting with the grandparents today.
In the evening we buried his snail (named Lamp), who was older. He's buried next to Lights, the betta fish who passed earlier this summer. He decorated the area for them.

We made another Popin' Cookin' candy kit today. He loves doing these and was happy with how they turned out.

The 5 year old has taken to converting his Minecraft socks into plushies. This guy is our companion on our walk today.

Some Minecraft-themed workbooks arrived and he's been excited to go through them today.

 A lonely sunflower has bloomed. The rest were all eaten before they could even sprout.

Some cucumbers from the garden. I'm enjoying this a lot of more than I thought I would, and want to set up a proper area next year. I didn't want to commit too much this year since I've always tended to kill plants, but I've been pleasantly surprised this year at what has grown, for what little effort I felt I put in.

Today would have been the first day of Kindergarten, had this been a normal year. With the pandemic, it's been anything but normal.
Instead we're keeping the little one home this year. Chris has been working with him daily for the past 7 weeks or so, working him up to a morning and afternoon session of schooling. They've been doing the gambit of subjects you'd normally have while I've been in downstairs office working. It's great to be home and see what he worked on at lunch and then again in the evening.

We went hiking at Palmer Park today. Lots of nature to explore.
And rocks to climb, of course.

Today we opened the August Sago Mini Box. It's space themed!
We had to walk around the neighborhood with the backpack and helmet.
In the evening we were surprised by packages from Uncle Jeff! Lego sets, which had to be put together right away.
And then Minecraft books, which had to be read in bed.

He's doing action figure photos like his father. Adorable.

 Just...why. Sometimes this cat makes things too difficult.

We flew a Where's Waldo paper airplane at the park today.

A beautiful day to take a stroll at the park.

Chris 3D printed the little one a Batboat, which we had to try out in the pool.
He had a lot of fun zooming these guys around the water.
In the evening, he finished enough books to earn a prize and he picked out a papercraft Where's Waldo book. Of course the first thing we made was this adorable Woof finger puppet.

The weather has been wonderful, so we've been spending outdoors when we can.
I've also started making some home made pizzas. It's been awhile, and I decided to try it with cornmeal this time. I can't believe I've been making pizza all these years without using it. Makes a world of difference.

We decided to make our own version of Nook's Cranny today for our cat.
 It took some coaxing, but he eventually went and and hung out.

He's not a fan.