4pm Boxing Day and Rye was home. Banging on the door, racing indoors, all smiles and happiness. Slight dimming in the happiness when his dad foolishly tried to force a hug and goodbye from Rye. Daft man, still isn't getting Rye's reluctance to say "goodbye" to him. I shall simply have to be more firm next time, the last thing I want Rye to learn is that it's ok for an adult to force physical contact!
Anyway, it has been a fun few days; there's been play with the tree house:
The task I set myself today was to rearrange the toy shelves in the lounge. Rye over the past year has brought down more and more toys from his room; and rather than taking them back up they've been crammed onto the shelves. There were also a lot of books, yet I noticed the children tended to read the same ones over and over and ignore the others. So, I've decided to keep a few books downstairs, and every so often rotate the books - this also frees up more shelf space.
Indeed we had marvelous fun earlier; I poured some dried brown chickpeas into an empty sweetie container for Rye to use as pretend pebbles;
Then Rye decided he wanted to do some drawing - this is something else I've bravely decided to implement. Up to now art materials and paper have been on the very top shelf and inaccessible to Rye. I've decided to put some paper in a basket with the crayons and pencils so Rye can draw when ever he wants too. The basket is fairly accessible to my mindee too. While she still tends to put things in her mouth - its not quite as automatic as it was, so I feel she's ready for this extra freedom. Anyway the drawing, we had a lot of fun, Rye asked me to draw him a few things so we could colour them in together, then he asked me to "draw" the names of the objects and of people he suggested.
Started off playing using one of the caterpillar heads each, then we decided to use 2 caterpillars each and the first to give both caterpillars their bodies were the winner. Great fun. I will definitely be looking at picking up some more games to play together.
Tomorrow I'm working, I don't mind though, my mindee and Rye have become great friends and he does miss her when she's not here. I expect he will enjoy showing her his new gifts and, of course, bossing her around.