|Henry Checking the Weather - 40" x 30" oil on canvas|
Henry also loves to be outside in our backyard. He loves having our entire family just be outside, reading, drawing and then having a picnic. Henry has always called those "Relaxing Days". I try not to teach on Sundays and Jeff will wait until the evening to do his work. That way we can always spend the entire day together as a family. I think Henry is the happiest when the four of us just spend time together without running off to some event or activity.
A few years ago, I knew Henry was serious about his weather interest when he purchased a book while we were at Yellowstone. It was all about weather patterns. It had a layer of dust on it, so I knew it had been in the gift shop for quite some time. I even asked him "Are you sure you want to spend your vacation money on this?!" I couldn't help but notice all the toys and "fun" stuff. Henry was positive and had waited and saved his money the whole trip and then once he found this book, he got really excited. Incidentally, my other son, Fred, spent his vacation money the first day and at the first gift shop on a rubber/stretchy bear and was out of all his money for the rest of the trip. My boys are so different. Anyways, my husband and I got to enjoy the annoying stretchy bear in the car and Henry continually reading random weather facts to us the entire time in the park! haha..
|Henry with local weatherman, Bill Randby|
I was lucky that last year, while he was in third grade, one of the teachers told me that if I wanted to, she could simply ask Bill Randby to come for a visit to the school. Not only was I thrilled, but they allowed Henry to greet him at the principal's office, walk him back to the classroom and be his assistant.
I'm not sure who was more excited that day, Henry or me?