Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!

We had a progressive activity day today.

Early this morning I suggested Maisy draw a picture and I'll write her story about it.  This is what she wrote:

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
It says:  Once there was a floor, and I wasn't sure if I liked cake yet.  There was a light, but I wasn't sure about the light, but I cracked the light open with a little sword that's really hard and tan and if you tap it on something, it will break, but I wasn't standing on it.  I was standing on the rug.  I like my warm warm warm my own bed and I sleep in it every night and the morning and even out of sight.

So the picture is of Maisy with her hands behind her back looking side eye at the cake with a candle on it on the table.  On the floor she's drawn her bed and a rug and above her head is a light.

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
She then, was so proud that she wanted to make sure her byline was in there.

Our next activity was inspired by pinterest.  I decided we would start out by going for a walk in Tilden park down to Jewel lake, have a picnic and look for rocks for our end result project of painted heart rocks.  

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maisy digging.

We turned looking for rocks into a pretend game of us being paleontologists going on a dig for dinosaur bones.  So we dug and dug for the perfect dino bones with sticks.

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maren even enjoyed the digging.

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Sister fun!

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maren "sticky fingers" borrowed my sunglasses to help her hunt for the perfect dinosaur bones.

We came home and I put Maren down for a nap while Maisy scrubbed all the rocks in the sink. When she was done, she went for a nap. 

I woke Maisy a bit later and the rocks were ready for painting!

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Happy Maisy painter.

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maisy painted all of the rocks their solid colors.  Later she chose which color heart went on each rock, but I painted the hearts.

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
We made these to give as Valentine's Day bits of love to our friends and family, but Maisy really gets attached to her projects, so I'm not so sure she'll actually let us part with them!

Here are just two pictures from an amazing birthday party we went to for our friend and neighbor 1 yr old Sage!  It was at the Bay Area Discovery Museum on the most perfectly warm and beautiful January day EVER!

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maren, wearing her party tutu, in the playground.  Yes, that is the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.  It was one of those days where you think, jeez, if I saw this in a picture, or if I was just visiting- I would say, Wow, I really want to live HERE!

Stories, Fossil digging, rock painting...oh my!
Maisy loves the face paint!  She personally requested one large rainbow with big clouds and rain.

We've had a great start to the year!  Maren is now a total walker and is very determined to WALK. She really no longer wants to be held or in a stroller or a grocery cart.  It makes outings adventures.  She sure has spunk- that Maren!

Maisy is surprising us daily with her talents, her compassion and how in tune and alerted she is to everything!  

Both girls are such joys!  I'm a very lucky mom.

Next week we'll be heading to LA for my step brother's wedding and we'll also make another trip to Disneyland with family and friends! Yay- for LA!

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