A new visitor this morning Tuesday, May 6 2008 

This morning we had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak come to our birdfeeders. I have never seen one here before. I’m so excited to have these in our yard. They are so beautiful up close. I really hope they keep coming back.

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A few flower drawings Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

We’ve been doing a gardening unit study, which I might post about next week, and the kids drew a few pictures this morning.

By Angela, age 5

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By Joseph, age 9

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“Ocean Deep” inspired drawing Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

Last week while I was at Costco, I saw the Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series DVD’s on sale and I just couldn’t resist buying them. We first saw these on t.v. last year when we had cable for a few months. It became one of our favorite weekly rituals with the kids. They really loved this show and learned a lot from them. So when I came across them, I knew I had to get them. I was a little hesitant about the cost, but I considered this part of our "educational budget."

Every Friday and Saturday night after prayers, we have a family movie night in our bedroom. Now that we have these DVD’s, we’ll be watching them instead of movies. The kids camp out in our room and we watch a full episode, usually about an hour long. So far, their favorite has been the "Caves" episode. Here is a review of this episode:

"Into the Abyss" showing the rigors of filming the planet’s most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico’s treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States."

This weekend we watched the "Ocean Deep" episode. I like this one a lot better than the "caves" because it’s not as gross. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean ; ) Angela seems to have liked this one as well. Today, while on our way to a friend’s house for brunch, she drew a picture of a Great White Shark and some sea creatures around it. Our kids usually take some paper and art supplies with them whenever we go out. It makes for a cluttered van, but I’m so glad Angela did. I was so impressed with the detail, especially since she’s only 5 years old. That shark looks pretty angry. Here is her "Ocean Deep" drawing:

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“Ocean Deep” inspired drawing Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

Last week while I was at Costco, I saw the Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series DVD’s on sale and I just couldn’t resist buying them. We first saw these on t.v. last year when we had cable for a few months. It became one of our favorite weekly rituals with the kids. They really loved this show and learned a lot from them. So when I came across them, I knew I had to get them. I was a little hesitant about the cost, but I considered this part of our "educational budget."

Every Friday and Saturday night after prayers, we have a family movie night in our bedroom. Now that we have these DVD’s, we’ll be watching them instead of movies. The kids camp out in our room and we watch a full episode, usually about an hour long. So far, their favorite has been the "Caves" episode. Here is a review of this episode:

"Into the Abyss" showing the rigors of filming the planet’s most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico’s treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States."

This weekend we watched the "Ocean Deep" episode. I like this one a lot better than the "caves" because it’s not as gross. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean ; ) Angela seems to have liked this one as well. Today, while on our way to a friend’s house for brunch, she drew a picture of a Great White Shark and some sea creatures around it. Our kids usually take some paper and art supplies with them whenever we go out. It makes for a cluttered van, but I’m so glad Angela did. I was so impressed with the detail, especially since she’s only 5 years old. That shark looks pretty angry. Here is her "Ocean Deep" drawing:

Seas

“Ocean Deep” inspired drawing Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

Last week while I was at Costco, I saw the Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series DVD’s on sale and I just couldn’t resist buying them. We first saw these on t.v. last year when we had cable for a few months. It became one of our favorite weekly rituals with the kids. They really loved this show and learned a lot from them. So when I came across them, I knew I had to get them. I was a little hesitant about the cost, but I considered this part of our "educational budget."

Every Friday and Saturday night after prayers, we have a family movie night in our bedroom. Now that we have these DVD’s, we’ll be watching them instead of movies. The kids camp out in our room and we watch a full episode, usually about an hour long. So far, their favorite has been the "Caves" episode. Here is a review of this episode:

"Into the Abyss" showing the rigors of filming the planet’s most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico’s treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States."

This weekend we watched the "Ocean Deep" episode. I like this one a lot better than the "caves" because it’s not as gross. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean ; ) Angela seems to have liked this one as well. Today, while on our way to a friend’s house for brunch, she drew a picture of a Great White Shark and some sea creatures around it. Our kids usually take some paper and art supplies with them whenever we go out. It makes for a cluttered van, but I’m so glad Angela did. I was so impressed with the detail, especially since she’s only 5 years old. That shark looks pretty angry. Here is her "Ocean Deep" drawing:

Seas

“Ocean Deep” inspired drawing Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

Last week while I was at Costco, I saw the Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series DVD’s on sale and I just couldn’t resist buying them. We first saw these on t.v. last year when we had cable for a few months. It became one of our favorite weekly rituals with the kids. They really loved this show and learned a lot from them. So when I came across them, I knew I had to get them. I was a little hesitant about the cost, but I considered this part of our "educational budget."

Every Friday and Saturday night after prayers, we have a family movie night in our bedroom. Now that we have these DVD’s, we’ll be watching them instead of movies. The kids camp out in our room and we watch a full episode, usually about an hour long. So far, their favorite has been the "Caves" episode. Here is a review of this episode:

"Into the Abyss" showing the rigors of filming the planet’s most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico’s treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States."

This weekend we watched the "Ocean Deep" episode. I like this one a lot better than the "caves" because it’s not as gross. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean ; ) Angela seems to have liked this one as well. Today, while on our way to a friend’s house for brunch, she drew a picture of a Great White Shark and some sea creatures around it. Our kids usually take some paper and art supplies with them whenever we go out. It makes for a cluttered van, but I’m so glad Angela did. I was so impressed with the detail, especially since she’s only 5 years old. That shark looks pretty angry. Here is her "Ocean Deep" drawing:

Seas

“Ocean Deep” inspired drawing Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

Last week while I was at Costco, I saw the Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series DVD’s on sale and I just couldn’t resist buying them. We first saw these on t.v. last year when we had cable for a few months. It became one of our favorite weekly rituals with the kids. They really loved this show and learned a lot from them. So when I came across them, I knew I had to get them. I was a little hesitant about the cost, but I considered this part of our "educational budget."

Every Friday and Saturday night after prayers, we have a family movie night in our bedroom. Now that we have these DVD’s, we’ll be watching them instead of movies. The kids camp out in our room and we watch a full episode, usually about an hour long. So far, their favorite has been the "Caves" episode. Here is a review of this episode:

"Into the Abyss" showing the rigors of filming the planet’s most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico’s treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States."

This weekend we watched the "Ocean Deep" episode. I like this one a lot better than the "caves" because it’s not as gross. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean ; ) Angela seems to have liked this one as well. Today, while on our way to a friend’s house for brunch, she drew a picture of a Great White Shark and some sea creatures around it. Our kids usually take some paper and art supplies with them whenever we go out. It makes for a cluttered van, but I’m so glad Angela did. I was so impressed with the detail, especially since she’s only 5 years old. That shark looks pretty angry. Here is her "Ocean Deep" drawing:

Seas

A head start in gardening Saturday, Feb 23 2008 

Seeds_2Yesterday I took the kids to the garden center to buy seeds for the garden. Angela has always been interested in seeds. She is always collecting seeds from the various foods we eat and takes them outside to plant. This year we’re starting most of our vegetable garden from seeds. We use the Burpee brand seeds, which I found at the garden center. I was hoping to get miniature vegetable seeds for the kids garden, but I was only able to get miniature carrots. Maybe I’ll order some anyway.

Planting_3I bought a peat pellet greenhouse and the kids planted sunflowers, carrots, cucumbers, jalapeƱos, watermelon, cantaluope, green beans, corn and one of my favorite flowers, Lupines. Afterwards we read Miss Rumphius. I put some gardening picture books on hold at the library, and I hope to start a rabbit trail with the kids. Elizabeth has an amazing post on a gardening rabbit trail here.

   

Birds and Bees Thursday, Jul 26 2007 

Poor little hummingbird. He’s not able to drink the sugar water because the honey bees have taken over the feeder.

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Meanwhile, he sits by the tree and waits his turn.

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Later on in the evening…the bees are gone, and he comes back hoping the bees left him some.

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Bug plop or seeds? Tuesday, Jul 10 2007 

This afternoon Angela, who is 4 years old, was digging through the garden and picked up some tiny columbine seeds. I told her to put them down, because at the time I had no idea what they were. I told her it might be "bug plop." They had recently seen the Magic School Bus episode about decomposing. This is what she said to me:

"This isn’t bug plop. These are seeds. Bug plop is squishy." Gross!

I’d like to know how she knows bug plop is squishy. I hope it was that Magic School Bus episode : )

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