...with a husband and 5 sons, I am truly outnumbered....stories and thoughts on life from a mom in a houseful of little men!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Project Learning Tree

Thought I'd share a couple video clips from our recent two-day field trip. We learned about uses for and parts of trees, and also tapped a birch tree and collected/measured 24-hour sap output. We finished the experience off with birch syrup on icecream--YUM. > My Recent Shots

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My chivalrous 4-year-old came running to me with this bouquet after soccer practice last week. "Me and Daddy together picked 'em out!", he informed me. What a good daddy...teaching his sons the art of surprising women with roses...


Here are a few of the latest ways we've found Spunky during our nightly check-ins with him before we ourselves retire...


My husband and boys bought me an early Mother's Day present this year--I spied this cactus one day a few weeks ago and was instantly charmed. It had only one blossom at the time, but many buds. My Grandma Emma used to grow and tend cactuses. As a child, I marveled at their different shapes, sizes, and textures, and how they had the capacity to yield such beauty. It never occurred to me, until recently, that my recent affinity toward succulents is that I just--plain--miss her.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Resurrection Bay

One of the great things about living in Alaska is the opportunity for adventure. We're blessed to be just a short drive away from some pretty amazing experiences. Take this past Sunday, for example, we drove down to Seward and took a Gray Whale Watch tour. Though the great mammals eluded us this time, we saw the most variety of any boating tour we've taken--Stellar Sea Lions, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seals, Sea Otters (one of which was dining on an octopus,) Dall Porpoises, Mountain Goats, millions of various sea birds and a Black Bear all made their appearances. We enjoyed sun, salty sea air, and the peace which accompanies little boys being cared for by grandparents.