Monday, April 27, 2015

Turtle Time

On our morning walk, we found the largest box turtle. I loaded him up on the back of the stroller and let him hang out in a diaper box at our house until it was time to pick Sophie up from school.

When we went to pick up Sophie, all the kids just loved the turtle. Mrs. Booker, however, was not interested in having a new pet... I guess the caterpillars were enough. However, Ian's teacher, Mrs. Burke (1st grade teacher) was happy to take care of him with her students until returning him to his habitat a week or two later. 

I love how nature is providing us with so many educational opportunities to teach our children. But I'm also thrilled I don't have to attempt to keep another living thing alive. A dog is pretty easy... dog food, water, poop outside, leash...etc. A turtle? Lots of questions.... few guesses... no experience or knowledge. Yup... enjoyed the turtle for the day and the joy he brought, but glad the school is sharing the joy and the responsibility for keeping him alive.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Splish Splash Ainsley's Taken a Bath

It looks like I've got another water baby. She just loves taking a tub in the big bath tub. And the more siblings who join her and the more water splashed the more fun she has during tubby time.


And it's storm season in the midwest. So far we've had to take cover twice as the tornado sirens have gone off. (All weather pictures courtesy of WFAA News website)

Since there aren't many basements in DFW due to the soil, we gathered in the bathroom.

Aren't they cute?

Luckily we haven't had hail so my garden is still doing pretty well. The wind damaged one of my green bean plants and I think it's gone for good. 

Otherwise though you can see some of our strawberries growing. The kids are excited about picking them once they become ripe.

Otherwise... not much else to share around here... just continue to be safe during these spring storms.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top Ten List for Alaska

We are unexpectedly and happily travelling to Alaska this summer! It's always been a state I'd love to visit, but I never thought I'd get a chance to see it in the near future. We aren't going to be taking a cruise (although my in-laws highly recommend an Alaskan cruise), but we will spend most of our time travelling via vehicle and footwear. Since we are leaving soon, (2 months!!!!), I've compiled a Top Ten list for Things to Do in Alaska in no particular order.

1. Camp & Visit Denali National Park

2. Camp & Visit Kenai Fjords & Seward

3. Walk on a Glacier (Worthington Glacier) ... or Under One (Mendenhall Glacier)

4. Hold Extremely Large Marine Life (King Crab, Cod, Salmon, ...)

5. Eat Moose

6. Enter the Artic Circle

7. Say Hello to the North Pole. (Nice to remind children about positive and negative consequences).

8. See & Survive Wildlife Encounters with Bears (Black, Polar, Grizzly), Reindeer, Moose, Whales, Orcas, and SeaLions.

9. Visit Glacier Bay and watch glaciers float along the Pacific.

10. Watch the Aurora Borealis (This is the least likely thing to happen on our trip because it will be during the summer and therefore it's hard to watch the Northern Lights when the sun doesn't set).

Munching Menace

Recently I discovered that something was eating my plants. And Connor & I apprehended the culprit.

He is currently living at Sophie's school along with 2 others I collected (1 from the window screen and  another of my plants). We shipped three caterpillars to her kindergarten class and exiled them from my garden. According to Sophie, her class voted to name 1 of the caterpillars "Twinkle". I think the other 2 have been relocated to other kinder classrooms, which I'm fine with. As long as they remain out of my garden.