Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Day Parade!

M's Daisy scout troop, all wicked cool homeschoolers I might add, got a chance to march in the tiniest parade ever on Memorial Monday.
They needed an extra banner carrying hand, and recruited E.
 He was so happy with that job.
 Here's the one cop start up.
A couple of fire trucks.
 The one float!
There was a group of like 8 kids that made up a band, missed that photo.
Here they come!
They threw candy,
and as you can see,
 K was on it.
 After the parade, 
happily swapping candy.
 The investiture/Graduation ceremony!
The boys still thinking that they are daisy scouts, too.
 Getting ready to get their official certificates.
 Now off to celebrate,
beach party style.
Hung out by the water,
and play.
It was an awesome, really fun day. And the girl is now a Brownie!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Saturday and Sunday of Memorial weekend

Well, this Holiday weekend turned out busier than we had planned, but in such good ways!
On Saturday,  woke up to a message that a good friend, Sue and her kids, and a friend of theirs, were taking a ride up my way, and wanted to stop by!
We do not get to see each other much, our kids get along so well, and sadly, she is moving back to North Carolina in July. So having a visit is always such a treat! We had a cookout, and for dessert, we made a fire,
and had s'mores!
 The kids played and played, the adults got to talk, and laugh, and play catch with frisbee and a football. K found a ring neck snake, ( Funny, Sue's kids pics are in that post, too!)
and scared the pants off Sue.
 It was such a fun afternoon!
 On Sunday, my parents and Grandma came for another yummy cookout.
 It is always fun when we all get together!
After they departed, E and I made a few batches of rice krispie treats,
and A made a rockin' bean salad for the next day's big event, M's Daisy Girl Scout investiture/graduation to be a Brownie, and march in a parade, and a fun family beach day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Steam train and riverboat ride.

Boy, here I go again, getting behind on the posting.
Maybe I will get to the holiday weekend in a few days.
So anyway, I saw on the state inclusive homeschool message board, that a group was being offered at discount prices to go on the steam train and CT river boat ride.
So of course, I signed us up!
 THE train
The work crew gave us the low down of how a steam train works.
Interactive museum
Cruising through the woods, with an open window.
A and K giving their tickets!
Gillette's Castle. 
I would like to go and explore that one day...
 We saw a bald eagle! It was far away, and I couldn't get a shot. But very cool!
Waving at traffic as we crossed the roads.
AND, It was an awesome way to make Dad play hooky!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The most amazing thing

happened on Saturday.
 It was so wonderfully unexpected, and such a gift from the universe to me.
It has been a sought after experience for A LOT of time.
Really, I live on 9 acres, in a forest, and it waited patiently to be found by my child perched in openness on my garage.
It was meant for us to see it.
I gave us 5 wonderfully forever cherished minutes admiring it.
Here is M's, the founder of the gift, mini interview:
 Now revel in this for a few:
Yes, friends, a luna moth!
For us.
I love the way his hand glows green.
It was a magnificent creature.
 And a memory that we will cherish for a very long time.
I still can not believe that we actually saw a live Luna moth. Not a fleeting glimpse, a chase through the woods, but a still 5 minutes marveling at it.
The world is a magnificent place.
K is such a gem. He said the luna moth came to visit us because we try so hard to be kind to the earth, and it was saying thanks, and to keep on doing it!
Sweet boy.
It did come for a reason, for that I am sure.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A day at the lake

with our friends!
We went fishing first, but it was not an optimal time, so no catches.
But I think it's such a good time to just throw it out there, and look around, and maybe a fish will happen.
Julie said it best that day " Fishing isn't always about the fish"
So, we enjoyed the day in the sun.
lake splashing,
minnow catching,
Friend's dad noodle beating,
Pensive times on the swings,
and, you know, the guarding of lives.
It was a most refreshing day, and we could not have spent it with better people.
The kids and I departed for an egg delivery, but you know it was still hot and stuff, and since we were passing it anyway, a trip to the local ice cream place was just too tempting.
So we didn't catch any fish on our first fishing trip of the year, but no worries, I know that I already have three of the best catches.
Wanna see one?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Epcot World Showcase

The world showcase section of Epcot is a neat place. Basically, they have representations of various countries. They have the buildings, artifacts, food,  and they hire people indigenous to those countries, it's very cool. The countries are: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.
 To make it more interactive and interesting for the kids, because there are only two rides, is the passport activity.
 Basically you buy a passport, make a mask, and you go to the different countries and meet a person at a station, and they stamp your passport, write in their native language, and give you a representational charm for this mask that you tote around. 
We were determined to nail them all, and we did!
China was cool, because they got their name written in characters, and found out what their birth year animal was. 
I remember that E's was a ram.
 I thought that was dead on. Stubborn, hard headed, quick on his feet, and often smelly.
Quickly, the two rides were in Norway and Mexico. 
Norway's was,
It was too dark for photos, but it was a water ride in a Viking style boat, and involved trolls. It was ok.
Mexico's was a bit better.
Another boat ride, but longer and funny for the kids, because a cartoon parrot followed us around.
I did love the Mexican marketplace!
 The boys chose to have their face painted near an African trading post.
They both looked great!
 We ate lunch in Morocco.
 And enjoyed a belly dancer.
 China had a great gymnast show!
I could not believe how easily there bodies just flew!
 And this guy would balance a board on a barrel, stand on, and flip bowls on his head,
and catch them.
 United States had this amazing show of robot figures of Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln, retelling history from the Pilgrims on up.
Did I say it was amazing?
 Japan gave us Japanese drumming.
 We ate Dinner in Germany,
 and got authentic music. 
They even played that really long pipe thing like in the Ricola commercials.
We capped the night off with massive firework display.
Great Day!