Jun 25, 2008

Snapshots from Zach's world

Zach is in his second week of swimming lessons. He is having a great time and learning...a little. I'm not thrilled with the quality of instruction or the pool itself, but the swimming is great exercise and we all have something to look forward to every day.

At home, Zach enjoys completing daily tasks on the job chart. I categorized them as you see in the picture and Zach seems to derive great satisfaction from placing each card in the "done" bag. He must be like his mama!

One of Zach's daily jobs is to read for half an hour. He has started reading "Magic Tree House" chapter books all on his own. I'm thrilled with his progress.

Rub-a-dub-dub, three boys in the tub! Not much cleaning went on during this bath, but the boys all had fun splashing around with each other.

Our backyard is a work in progress, but we're glad to have this funny swing set. Zach can swing super high and do tricks on the bar, but he'll only play for so long before looking for a friend to entertain him.

Sometimes Zach's daily act of service (also from the job chart) is keeping Gavin happy. Zach found a way to swing along with his brother -- pretty funny!

I am constantly amazed at how Zach can turn ANYTHING (even a benign stack of clean cups straight from the dishwasher) into a gun, sword, or other weapon. Garry reassures me that this is part of raising boys, but I don't understand it at all!

Perhaps Zach will find sympathy from the huge crop of boys in our ward. We got together with a few families on Monday and Tuesday for fun and play. On Tuesday there were four moms and 13 boys! Can you imagine all that testosterone in five or ten years? I'm just glad Zach is making some friends. He needs them as much as I do.
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