Amy Beth

July 1, 2013

Summer Sudsy Fun

I try to get Charlie outside to play pretty regularly—partly because he needs his vitamin D, and partly because tends to be happier outside so it’s actually a lot easier for me. Most of the time he plays with sticks and rocks and dirt, not because I don’t provide him with toys, but just because he’s a boy and he likes sticks and rocks and dirt.

Every now and then I try to be a bit more creative with our play time though. Today we had the water table out, which is fairly normal for a hot sunny day. We also had some bubbles and balls and shovels. But Charlie was starting to get tired of the same old thing. The best idea he could come up with was to take control of the bubble solution bottle. And probably drink some of it. I was not really OK with that idea. I needed to come up with something fun and distracting.

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May 11, 2013

Explore the World from Your Couch

[My husband]( comes across all kinds of random things on the internet. If he thinks it’s interesting, he passes it on to me. If I think it’s *really* interesting then I’ll pass it on to you. This is a game that made the cut.

[GeoGuesser – Let’s explore the world!](

This game give you a random picture from Google’s street view. It could be of anywhere in the world. Using clues from the picture such as the geography, plant life, the language on streets signs, or the style of architecture, you try to guess where the place is on a map. You get points based on how close your guess is. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of geography and culture, or just discover different parts of the world. So far from this game I’ve learned how to recognize the fjords of Norway and Japanese road signs. Two essential life skills.

I personally find it to be rather addicting, so be warned. Don’t start it if you don’t have some free time.