Today we tried something new again, a puppet show put on by the Ladybug Theatre company, called Little Red Riding Hood and Baby Bear. The children loved it - they laughed and laughed and so did I - a good combination of adult and childish jokes, a great little dialogue between the narrator and the puppets, just the right length of time and interactivity for little ones. Really fun. We plan to go back again.
I've been thinking a lot about how much richer and more interesting our children's lives have become since we moved here. Instead of going to the same daycare every day, to play with the same toys and children, we go out and about to music shows, puppets, museums, zoos, hikes, etc. I think there's a lot more 'scope for the imagination', and I've started seeing it reflected in some of Sebastian's artwork and in his story-telling. Of course, they don't have friends, and we meet up with other families only occasionally, so they are getting very much less practice in learning to play, cooperate, and resolve conflicts with their peers. They were both very steeped in that constant give-and-take during daycare and school. Hopefully we'll find ways to regain some of that very important social interaction in the near future, but for now I'm happy to be exploring so many new and fun things with them.