2017 Life Logs, Day 209: Friday with the Goldpebbles
Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
Weather: Beautiful, Sunny Day; High 82, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was a gorgeous day here on the Cape, a perfect beach day, but the boys and I decided to skip the beach and just hang out. Sam and Jonah had their last morning of fort building camp which ended with a water battle between forts. They loved it. Ollie and I stayed home and canned chicken mineral broth and cleaned house. He really wanted to help, so I taught him how to use a jar lifter and a magnetic jar lid lifter. He loved learning how to use the kitchen tools and he also helped me mop the wood floors. But he spent the rest of his morning just messing about quietly. When he is alone without his brothers, he is easiest kid in the world to keep because he simply stays busy all on his own. But when you add the two brothers, he is a little more challenging, as he tries constantly to assert his authority to keep his head afloat with two older brothers. When he is in this mode, we call him King Oliver. I much prefer the mellow Ollie, but I fully understand why he has to work so hard to maintain his place in the pack of three.

At noon, we went to pick up Sam and Jonah and stopped at my house for lunch. After lunch, we headed to the Goldstones. We made a stop to recycle cans and bottles and then when we got home, I finished canning the chicken broth, Sam cut the grass, and Ollie and Jonah cleaned the inside and outside of my car. I paid them to do this instead of taking it to the carwash and they did a fantastic job with very little supervision. Sam had to go to a neighbor’s house to water plants while they are out of town, so we all went and helped out. Actually, I sat on the deck and took photos of butterflies in the backyard while Jonah and Ollie helped out. Then we treated ourselves to a Smitty’s ice cream cone before heading back to my place for the night. Heather had to be at work at 6 am this morning and she had to work late tonight hosting an affair, so I invited the boys to spend the night with me. We had a wonderful walk on the boat docks while our artichokes boiled for the required 45 minutes. From the dock, Jonah spotted a boat in the yard he wanted to inspect and when we got there, the boys were most impressed that this speedboat had three, yes THREE, 350 hp motors. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much power on a small boat before. We had movie night while eating our artichokes, but we took time out to watch the sunset from the deck. It was a great day and lovely evening with my little guys.

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