Dust storms are quite exciting, especially if you happen to actually catch one rolling in towards you! I had to break from my series on Open-Ended play to share some pictures we took when we noticed a big one rolling in yesterday evening as we were getting the kids ready for bed. From our upstairs window, we usually have this view:
Instead by the time I had ‘raced’ downstairs (as much as a 27.5week pregnant lady can) to get my camera and back up, it had already curled up over the mountain and looked like this as it rolled in:
But we still go.
If it weren’t for the 45 minute drive, we’d probably go weekly – year round.
It gave her the opportunity to share all of the wonderful benefits of going to the zoo on a regular basis!
1. There is always something new to see. Unlike any other museum, this is not a static exhibit. The animals are always up to something and each trip is unique. On our most recent visit, we got to see the Andean Condors get fed. The boys were in awe as these massive birds spread their large wings and dove down to the meat offering at the front of the exhibit.
3. There is ample opportunity to develop their observation skills! As much as my wild little boys love to romp around, it is always interesting to watch them slow down and just watch. They’ve learned the rewards of sitting still and waiting. As a result of taking our time going from exhibit to exhibit, they get the treat of witnessing very interesting animal behavior and we all enjoy sharing our observations with one another!
I definitely needed the time away. I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. Every couple of hours I would awaken and check the time and ended up bounding out of bed at 4:50, excited to make my getaway!
With my Bible, journal and camera, I embarked.
There is something so powerful about getting out in nature. I always have my most intimate conversations with God when I’m outside. There’s just something about the quiet, fresh air and space, especially at the opening or close of a day…
Although spring definitely feels like it’s gone, there were still quite a few blooms out there.
“Mothers should cultivate their souls, that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children.”
What a gift! Thanks Rich! (can i go again next week?)
“My favorite” has been a favorite phrase around these parts lately. Xander randomly announced a couple of months ago, “Frank is my favorite.” We were a bit confused as we have a friend, Frank, whom Xander is supposed to be calling by his last name… But no, he meant FRANK.
Today he was announcing that Chitty–Chitty Bang Bang was his favorite and then it was watermelon… When we asked which he liked the best of the two, he announced that they were both his favorites.
Well, I have a new favorite! Favorite place, that is. It is this grove of cottonwoods. Due to it’s secluded nature, there are very few people here and the only thing you here is the wind rustling thru the tree’s. It’s hard to believe that we are in the middle of the city.
We met friends there yesterday for an enchanting morning!
This last week we had the opportunity to explore God’s glorious creation thru a photo scavenger hunt that my friend put together!
We had so much fun running around, looking for clues and enjoying our wonderful ‘winter’ weather. Towards the end, our friends caught up and walked with us a bit.
We left refreshed and ready to rejoin the “boys”! Thanks guys for watching the kids!
When I was a girl, I was a bit of a tomboy. I loved anything outside, nature or sports related! I especially loved “catching” wildlife. I was always the one coming in with the snakes, frogs, horny toads, lizards, beetles, etc.
The weather hasn’t been too bad. We enjoyed our little “walk”. As long as you are back and safely indoors by 8am, it’s all good! 🙂