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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Men at Work

I love how Brian takes the time to do things with his children. I know it isn't always easy to incorporate the kids into every day chores, which can get done faster if they just leave you alone, but I think they appreciate the time and learning opportunity. And so... Connor helped "Daddy" change the oil in the car.

He was so proud and happy to help participate.
And in case you missed it, click here to pictures of Sophie helping with changing oil.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bluebonnets are in Bloom

We had to make 2 trips out to the bluebonnet fields for pictures.

Both days had beautiful sunny weather, which was perfect although a bit hot for the kids. But they both persevered and enjoyed the rest of the walk.

Anyway, here are the results from our trips.