A curious garden and a trip to the fire station

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It’s amazing how kids relate books and daily life.  It’s been a little spring-like lately, so the boys have really enjoyed this book about a boy who nurses a garden back to life in the middle of a city where greenery has been long forgotten:

And so when we went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show the other day, it was neat how they really got into the spirit of it all.  Leelee was amazed at how beautiful the gardens were and I was amazed that they were actually interested.

They only let me take one ‘posed’ picture because it was near a zebra.  (Thank you Butchart Gardens!)

But they loved the Playgarden where they harvested vegetables

Played in the birdseed box.  The Bean was especially enthralled by this space.  He could measure birdseed and dump it forever.

Made friends with a chicken.

And got absorbed in gardening, just like the little ‘Liam” in the curious garden book .

The same thing happened at the fire station this morning.  The local fire department had an open house.

And suddenly the boys were transported to the world of “Big Frank

They loved seeing the kitchen, the maps on the wall, and the control station that alerts the department when there’s a fire.

We left the fire station and minutes later, the same fire truck we were playing around whizzed by us on route to an emergency. I could see the boys little minds whirring as they put it all together.  When we got home, it was time to read our fire truck books-their idea not mine. (I have to remember to relate their reading to their adventures more often: these past two adventures really amazed me and I think we all learned a ton.  It is so cool watching kids learn and grow!)

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