Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Surf: Back to {home}school & an {un}field trip!

Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

boy frolicking near fire pits on beachIn the back-to-school spirit, Mikko and I went on our first "field trip" of the {un}school year this weekend.

Last night, we were out training for our Kids Marathon, and on our way back we were passed by the little parks department truck that patrols the beach.

Mikko was fascinated. He ran to keep pace with the truck as it made its way slowly down the sidewalk, stopping sometimes so the man inside could pick up trash with his grabber.

We started talking to the man and ended up exchanging names and information about our families and weekend plans. (Mikko also wanted to get his phone number, but I dissuaded him from being too forward.) I was so happy that the worker was so kind and patient with a five-year-old who thought he had the coolest job ever.

The guy took in furniture that beachgoers had left behind — tonight it was a trash can and a $30 folding table (I know, because we have the same one in our office). He transported it to the local office at the playground (with Mikko and me, yes, racing behind the whole way!), where stuff stays until either someone claims it or it goes forward to Goodwill. I really wanted to ask if we could have the table for an upcoming party but found the strength to resist asking to purloin someone's lost item.

We discovered the man and his coworker would be putting out the beach fires at 10:30 p.m. with the buckets of water in the back of the truck, so of course we had to wait around till that happened!

The picture is Mikko dancing with glee as the flames of another fire pit were extinguished, sending up a plume of smoke for him to frolic through. One of the partygoers at a site inquired, just out of curiosity, "Why is that little kid here?" Good question, but there was a good answer, too.

As we walked back home to bed, finally, Mikko said, "I'm full of energy, Mama! I could keep running all night. I have 100 percent energy!"

That's what a good PE session followed by a field trip will do for you.

Links! You'll be able to tell it's back-to-school time with all the homeschooling links this week. I've got some others, too, if you want variety. I like to please.

From Natural Parents Network:

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Carnival news:

Two carnivals went live.

Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival on Breastfeeding:
How to breastfeed while babywearing in a mei tai

and The Taboo Carnival on Playing Favorites:
On having two kids & not playing fair

Enjoy all the links at the end of each post!


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Find lots more wonderful giveaways at my Natural parenting giveaways linky! Add your own, and enter some good ones!

Surf with us:

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWe love following along with fellow Sunday Surfers. If you have your own post of reading links to share, please link up your post on Hobo Mama or on Authentic Parenting. The linky will go live every Sunday, and you can link up any day that week. If Sunday doesn't work for you but you do a links list another day, feel free to play along. You only need to add your post to one of the sites, and the linky will automatically show up on both sites.

You can get the Sunday Surf button by Jenna Designs and some code to add to your post from my Sunday Surf page.

Check out previous editions for good reading, and you can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

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