Friday, February 18, 2011

Scootering and Picking Up Porcupine Poop

What a beautiful taste of spring we had yesterday. It is a tiny taste, or as I prefer to call it, a tease. The sun was shining, there was a refreshing breeze, and the temperature was mid 60's almost all day. All of this glorious outside air made for an afternoon of scootering and picking up porcupine poop.

Uncle Marc and Aunt Edye bought these great scooters for the kids at Hanukkah. These FIREBIRD models are the best training scooters, they teach balance and steering with the egg shaped wheels. If you have kids, and want them to really be agile, pre-bike riding, this is where you can buy these. We were able to buy these pre-owned and already assembled from my friend Candace. Her quintuplets outgrow toys about a year ahead of us, and since we need four of everything, she can usually hook me up, with one item leftover. I love this kind of networking.

The kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE scootering.

CJ had to analyze how the damn thing works before he would even try to balance or ride it. Some things never change.

He put on quite a show for the gentleman, as there were no ladies watching. Whatever.

All the parading up and down the sidewalks was interrupted by the discovery of what the children lovingly refer to as, Porcupine Poop.

These are actually sweetgum balls that are shed in the fall. The kids had a field day (pun intended) in our neighbor's yard. They collected all the porcupine poop they could find, and I am sure that Elsa does not mind.

Now, I am trying to decide if there is a craft project that utilizes these natural annoyances. Porcupine poop potpurri anyone?

How could I resist letting them entertain themselves for an hour? I sat in the driveway with my i-phone and monitored their progress. I have turned the corner on letting them free range within eye sight of the house. This is a huge milestone in raising multiples. HUGE. I can totally do man to man coverage now. Bye Bye zone coverage, hello, free range, man to man!

With spring right around the corner (please G-d) there will be many more days of scootering (thanks again Marc and Edye) and picking up porcupine poop. Ahhhhh, the joys of suburban life with four kids. Who would have thought life could be this fun?


asrubin10 said...

hmmm-let me guess why natalie isn't wearing a helmet?

Helene Eichenwald Slutsky said...

If you guessed because the helmet was not comfortable you are correct. If you visioned her smooshing the helmet on top of her bow and refusing to de-bow for the helmet, you would be dead on.

The diva lost her scootering privileges shortly after the photos were taken, because she boycotted the helmet. No helmet, no scootering.

I would bet that today, when we attempt to use the scooters again, she will be the first one to plunk that helmet on. It killed her to sit and watch the other three having fun.

I am so mean

Mona Baker said...

i never realized you are friends with candace, we have been quint friends since hers were born, small world

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