Sunday, April 26, 2009

Homeschool "Prom"

Next weekend, is the local Homeschool Spring Formal. The other day, I went to a meeting for the chaperons, and the kids had dancing lessons. They had a blast.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Feathered Alarm Clock

This morning I was awoken by a rap-tap-tapping on my bedroom window. That was a strange thing to wake up to! I rushed to the window, and looked through the blinds, and couldn't find what had made the noise. I assumed it was a woodpecker. Odd.

So I got up, and later told my daughter about it. She then told me about a yellow bird that had been trying to fly through the living room window yesterday. Silly bird!

So a little while ago, I heard "thump! thump! thump!" coming from my bedroom. I walked in there to see what was making the noise, and there again was a yellow bird flying around the window, trying to get in! After it fluttered around for a few seconds, it grabbed onto the screen and sat there looking at me. Finally it flew away.

A few minutes later, it was back, flying outside of the living room window, then up into the tree.

I grabbed my camera, and looked out the window. It isn't the greatest of photos, but I was taking it through the window with blinds on it.

Introducing the "Tropical Kingbird" (Tyrannus melancholicus) I had actually never seen one of these before, and it took some searching to find out what it was.





Also known as my feathered alarm clock.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hiking

A friend and I got together today and took the kiddos on a picnic & hike. The weather didn't look so hot today, but we decided to go for it, and hope for the best. It ended up being perfect. Just as we finished the hike, it began to sprinkle, couldn't ask for anything better than that!

We started off at the nature center, that had lots of native critters. Here are some of the hawks that live there.




Me and the kiddos out on a log.


Does JM look a little nervous? Maybe because her brother kept shaking the log...


Looking over one of many bridges


"I'm not going to fall in Mom, you know me better than THAT"






Yep....Mom knows well




Enjoying nature along the way. The plant life....




And the wild animals...


Did we not learn our lesson on the last log?


Apparently not.


A beaver dam






My friend and her youngest




Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Horse in the Morning

I love taking photos in the morning, whether it is a sunrise, or a little later.

Today is no different.































How about just a touch of color...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

In the Garden

Well, we have the first of two beds in for the vegetable garden. This one has beans, peas, potatoes, echinacea, onions, carrots and some flowers to draw in the pollinators. Today we built a simple frame to go around it, so we could put in some pvc arches, to cover it with plastic, and protect it from a late frost if need be.



But of course...you get 3/4 done with a project, and the battery on your cordless drill goes dead....and the back-up battery is dead too! But that's okay, I was getting sun-burned out there anyways. Didn't remember until it was too late, to get out the sunscreen. We'll finish it up later this afternoon, or after dinner.

I also have 2 raised flower/herb gardens ready to fill with soil. I'm going to pick-up a truckload this week sometime.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Civil War

Today we went to a local Civil War Re-Enactment of Campbellton Landing - Fayetteville, NC.