If you've been following the blog for a number of years, you may have picked up that Christopher has had a long line of obsessions that began with flicking spring-bound door stoppers and drawer handles as a crawling baby, to bowl-spinning as a toddler, to choirs as a 3-4 year old, to dinosaurs as a 5 year old, and most recently outer space as a 6 year old. What's interesting about each of these is that it completely consumes his imagination until he has 'mastered' or exhausted it and finds something else that captures his interest. We really didn't do too much to encourage the first 2 very noisy obsessions, but we did feed his zest for choirs by exposing him to lots of choral music. We also exhausted the dinosaur bookshelves at our public library on top of buying him several dino encyclopedias.
We have now moved on to the astronomy bookshelves across the aisle and he is devouring them. Another thing he likes to do during free time is watch YouTube videos about planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. A friend of ours told us about an application on Google Earth where you can switch to the sky and zoom in on different stars, planets and galaxies. It is way cool. I showed it to Christopher the other day and he is hooked. The above picture shows him checking out one of the galaxies.
Now onto the youngest child: Mary Grace had her first official bath in the big tub. She displaces too much water in the infant tub, so it was time to make the transition. As you can see from the above picture, she thoroughly enjoyed it.