Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jurassic BUGS

This place gets buggier by the day! Karaline caught this HUGE dragonfly yesterday. The pictures don't even do it's size justice. It was at least 4.5-5in long with a wingspan just as long. Rarely do we get to see such fast bugs up close.

Don't look at her dirty fingernails...she was digging in the dirt right before she found it.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Monarch Butterflies & nomads

We started the insect portion of our science curriculum this week (Apologia Zoology 1), so we decided to "adopt" some Monarch butterflies and follow their life cycle.

We have several eggs that haven't hatched yet. They are so teeny tiny it's hard to find them.

We also have several caterpillars in different sizes. I actually think I got a picture of this one's hiney thinking it was his head. HA HA

We didn't realize that we also got ladybug eggs and larvae so we get to study the life cycle of a ladybug too! Here are the ladybug eggs. They are in clusters and much easier to find.

And the larvae are kinda gross looking. This one is munching on an aphid while I take the picture!
Here are pictures from our "nomad night" I mentioned in the last post.
Guess Kolton thought it was going to be cold because he grabbed flannel PJs. LOL I told them to make sure they were long sleeved because of mosquitoes.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009


This week we were studying nomads in history and had so much fun with it. We went on a nature hunt for things that the nomads may have used as paints for their cave paintings. Then we made cave paintings. We also made game bags just like the nomads carried and a hut they would have slept in (we cheated on this one). Then on Friday night the kids slept outside under the stars with daddy just like the nomads would have done. About 3am they burst in the back door soaking wet after a downpour. LOL Karson decided that nomads didn't move place to place looking for food. They moved place to place avoiding rain and thunderstorms.

Last weekend we also had a cookout with neighbors and a marshmallow roast. It was a lot of fun!

Kemry and the neighbor's daughter - this picture cracks me up! Are they twins or what?

Oh dear, what are we going to do with all her sass???? Her hitting 12.5 has been such a huge change for us.

Our sweet neighbor helping Kemry with her marshmallow

We also hit the pool again....Kolton showing me his wrinkled toes. Karly playing with our friend's new puppy.
This goes on NONSTOP
Then there's always a retaliation

blowing up a beach ball...those EYES

John and the kids hit a baseball game. While I normally love this, mama needed a break so I stayed home with the other kids.
Playing outside after our school work is all finished

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