September 16 is Collect Rocks Day.
Before school, I wrote messages on the kids' sandwich and snack bags for them to collect. "Have a rockin' good day." "You're a rockstar!" "You rock!"
After school, I mentioned to Nichole that it was Collect Rocks Day. She said, "Oh, that's why you had the word 'rock' underlined on all those notes." I guess she didn't look at the calendar this morning.
While the older kids were at school, Jr. Jr., Lucky, and I went to Highland Glen Park. We remembered how last year we went on a big walk on Collect Rocks Day. It has been too rainy lately to make a big walk like that again (didn't want to get caught in the rain too far away from shelter on the walking path) so we stuck to walking around a place where we could get back to the van easily enough if it started raining hard. The boys had fun at first collecting rocks (we remembered to bring a baggie to put the rocks in since it was such a success last time) but after a while they discovered... ACORNS!
They had a blast with that. I had a blast watching the terns flying around the pond and diving in to get fish. And discovering a new bird I did not recognize. I first heard it while we were on the opposite side of the pond. Some sort of chittering critter. Finally when we had walked around to the other side, I saw it sitting in a tree chittering away.
You know I like bird watching. It was a gorgeous morning for it.