Monday, April 22, 2013

Alyssa's Birthday and Birds!!

Well we have continued to truck right along in our school - almost to the end of our year - YEA!!!

Guess what this is???
CURRICULUM for next year!! WHOO HOO!!  I am SOOOO excited about next year!  We are changing up a lot.  (only thing that is staying the same is Pathways for reading and Singapore Math).  We are doing more Charlotte Mason style stuff and I am piecing together my own stuff for history and science!!!  But I will give more details later!)

We are having a FASCINATING time with bird study right now.  We have one nest where two birds have hatched and we are watching them grow!!  Here are some pics from that nest.

Here is a pic I caught of mamma bird going into her nest.

 Here is daddy bird - who always keeps a close watch (and helps feed the babies)

And we found a "secret" way to get some good pics of the babies inside the nest.  They were about 2 days old in these pics.

And a nest in the front yard laid 4 eggs!!  WHOO HOO!!  We are going to have more babies!!
Seth is keeping a journal of all the activity going on with the nests and baby birds!  We have also had fun drawing pictures of the birds.

And not to say we have had a lot of rain lately, but we did have DUCKS in our front yard the other day!!

On Monday we went out to the trampoline and drew pictures of birds (in our pjs LOL!)
Alyssa is really getting into nature exploring.

Alyssa's birthday was Wednesday!  We had a fun day with her.  It started with her helping me to make pink pancakes!

We had a bird study day for her birthday!  We went on a bird walk too!!  For lunch we had scrambled egg sandwiches - LOL!

On Saturday we had her birthday party!  We had of course all our family here and then she had a couple of little friends come too! It was a super sweet party.

(this is what the men do at a little girl's birthday party - stand outside and stare at the roof LOL)
After her party the guys went to Home Depot and Poppy and Daddy bought us some PEACH trees!!  They came home and planted them for us!! WHOO HOO!!

We have privelage (which is a lot of times a PAIN) of living off of Ennis Bluebonnet Trails!!  There are TONS of people on the roads right now!  It takes us twice as long to get anywhere.  But the bluebonnets are very pretty and we decided last night to do what the tourists do and get pictures.  :-)  Here are a few we got (and amazingly enough these were all done with Daniel's iphone!!)

 Until next time!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Let's Play Catch Up!!

Wow!  Life is extremely busy right now!!  We are trucking right along in school and nearing the end of our school year (we will be done by the end of May).  I have also made all my decisions for what to do for our next school year and am really really excited about it!!  I think it is going to be a fun year!  But I will talk more about that at a later time!

Here are some highlights over the past few weeks.

We had a wonderful Easter!!

We had a fun egg hunt with our homeschool friends on Thursday before Easter.

I hate that these pics turned out blurry!!  But here are the kids in the nice clothes that their Mimi and Poppy got them for Easter!
We like to be practical in our gift giving - they all got a good pair of binoculars, magnify glasses, and water bottles for Easter!!  They were all very happy with this!  :-)

 Due to the rain the candy hunt at church had to be held inside.  Kids didn't mind though!

After church we had lunch at Granny and Papa's and an egg hunt in the yard (thankfiully the rain had stopped by then!)


Daddy hid the prize egg in the rose bush.  Alyssa found it but got a thorn stuck in her finger in the process. :-(

This past Monday was Homeschool Day at the Dallas Zoo!  The kids and I went and had a blast!  Once again we loved the Animal Adventure show!

Of course we were SUPPER excited when they brought out a two-toed sloth!!!

We had a snack in the cafe that had a good view of the lions!  (of course one of those male lions was giving us a view that we didn't particularly care for LOL!)

Of course we have developed a special love for the Okapi ever since our cousin Sarah stayed with us for a month and volunteered at the zoo, working with these fascinating animals!

We are so very excited that a pair of Eastern Bluebirds have decided to build a nest in one of the birdhouses that Poppy made us!!  She is currently sitting on 5 beautiful blue eggs!!  We are so anxiously waiting for them to hatch and hoping to get a glimpse of the baby birds!!  We check on it every day and momma bird is always there keeping her eggs warm (which the past couple of days has been a bit of a challenge I am sure due to our drop of temps!)

Seth is working hard to complete all the requirements for his wolf badge in Cub Scouts!!  This week he made supper for us!!  He made spaghetti, green beans and crescent rolls!!  YUM!!  He did such a good job and was able to do a lot of it by himself!

He also cleaned ALL the dishes afterwards!!!  Such a big boy!!  (and Alyssa helped too!)

Until next time,