"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hummingbirds and Stormy Weather

 We have a lot of hummingbirds now.

They're a lot of fun to watch.  They fight one another for the feeder, flying up and trying to jump on the other one, knocking them out of the sky.  It's very entertaining.  I've heard that they need to eat nonstop because of all the energy they burn.  Well, if they weren't so territorial, they could definitely get by with eating less.  They sure do burn a lot of energy bickering over a feeder that has more than enough food for everyone.

 These pictures are from when we first put up the feeder.  Now we also have hummingbirds that have bright gold colored necks - not yellow, but when the sun hits them they look like metallic gold.  They're beautiful.  These in the pictures are more green.

 We've sure had a lot of cool, rainy days.  It has rained fairly heavily most afternoons.  I love how cool it makes everything, but the ranchers aren't real happy with it since they're trying to put up hay at the moment.

Who says homeschoolers don't know how to socialize? HA. Just kidding.  The boys have made friends with the steers in the pasture next to our yard.  They all come running when the boys go to the fence.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cutting Birds and Tape Mustachios

Boy have I been slacking on the blog.  Sorry about that.  We really have been up to a lot.  We had a week of Vacation Bible School at our church and it totally wiped me out and took every bit of free time I had.  So, here's some of what we've been up to, aside from VBS, which I didn't get many pictures of...

 I don't remember which day it was, but one morning, the five year old told me he wanted to cut out birds.  So I drew a couple and we cut them out.  He did all his own cutting on the one that looks like it's flying (I cut the one that looks like a sad little duck).  Neither were my best drawings - ha.  It was a quick, spur of the moment project.  After he cut his out, he decided we needed strings.

Then the boys flew the birds around the house and played with them for a long time.

 I did find them in some strange places later...

 The three year old cut the head off his bird.  I thought he was just liking to cut (since I cut his out for him, I figured he wanted in on the action.)  But when he had successfully decapitated his bird, he told me, "He's dead."

 Then the five year old decided he wanted to make a kite.  I was trying to figure out how to accurately cut out a kite shape, and he grabbed the paper and scissors and snipped off one edge perfectly.  I hadn't decided yet how I was going to do it, and he was done.  He wanted to draw a design on his kite too.

 Of course this project required more string...

Here's what he drew on it.  It's kind of abstract, but the shape that is tallest, on the left side is a guy - like a giant, very accurate head (complete with mustache if you look carefully) and hair, eye, and nose - kind of a profile, then long legs coming off his chin.  To the right is a ladder, going up to a nest with eggs in it.  But it's like those hidden 3D images.  You might have to stare at it awhile to find all that in it.  But that's what he told me it is, and I can see it now that he's pointed it out (and when you do eventually see it, it's pretty impressive).

 Mustaches have been quite popular around here lately.  He calls them mustachios, and used to confuse them with pistachios.

 He actually went out in public this way - to a few stores and around town, and he left it on the whole time.

 One of our stops was at the thrift store, where we found this fun dog bean bag.

 Keeping with the mustache theme, the five year old drew this.  I asked him what it was, and he told me it's Santa with his mustache being held up by balloons.  Pretty creative and hysterical, especially when you consider that we don't even do Santa here.

 My favorite mustachioed men ;)

 I just love the look on the three year old's face in this one.

And this one.  He wanted his mustache to match Daddy's.  I tried to get a good picture of them together, but his hand blocked Daddy's mustache.  Still cute though.  The ten year old missed out on all the tape mustache fun because he was at Bible camp that week.  I'm sure some of the stuff he did was equally as silly.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Final Day of Fair - (Last Saturday)

 Well, I think I mentioned that my blogging is a little behind.  These pictures are from last Saturday.  We had to pick up the ten year old's fair entries and ribbons, so after the fire department open house, we headed to the fair.

Remember how the five year old was so terrified by the clown?  Well, all week he talked about the clown, and said he wanted to see him, and we ran into him right away.  Surprisingly, the five year old carried on a whole conversation with him, and we visited with him for more than 10 minutes.  I'm noticing that he tends to freak out about stuff the first time he's around it (the clown, being in the parades, etc) but the next time it is fine.  So I just need to make sure to repeat events that were scary within a week or so.

The little boys were insistent on visiting the petting zoo again.


 They had a cow you could brush.  Thanks to the horseback riding lessons, the five year old knew right away what to do.  At MESA, they always start and end with brushing the horse.

The three year old thought that was pretty fun too.

We discussed that this is "dinner." :)

These were odd sheep.  They're called Jacob sheep, and had 6 horns.

 And this is a Watusi.  Glad he was behind the fence with those big horns (though I'm sure he was very easy going, this being a petting zoo and all).

I thought the horns on this sheep were interesting.  I didn't think to see what kind he was.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fire Training Facility Open House

 Saturday we headed over to the county fire training facility for an open house.

 They demonstrated a technique called "Pump and Roll" meaning the firefighter walked with the house, putting out the grass fire as the truck drove along beside him.

Can you tell it was a bit windy?

 We visited with the firefighters while everyone else headed back to the firehall.  They let the boys each spray the hose.

 The three year old thought it was fun, but he got so excited...

... that he ran away :)

 The ten year old took a little convincing, but really enjoyed it once he tried.

I had to go up with the five year old (I'm cropped out of the picture behind him), but I could tell he really wanted to do it, and just needed the help to be brave enough to try.  He hasn't stopped talking about the fire trucks all week.

They had burgers and dogs, with mac and cheese, french fries and coleslaw - a free feast.

 Then we went for a ride in one of the trucks.

He held onto his hat the whole way :)

 Our fireman driver was named Festus... yes, really.

 The ten year old opted to ride on the back of the cab, outside, where they had to stand and hang on.  I asked him how it was, and he said, "Bumpy." :)

 Then we took a guided tour of the burn building.

 There are only two rooms that they can burn actual fires in (due to the heat).  The rest are rigged up with a smoke machine.

 We enjoyed the tour, but after the second floor, the see-through metal grate staircases were too much for the five year old.

You can see why - you can look right through them.

 That wasn't a problem for the other two.  Even the three year old didn't have any problem with them.

 The local fire inspector was the one leading our tour.  He showed the kids the metal door prop they use to teach firemen how to enter locked buildings.

When it was all over, I was a happy camper.  I won a $100 gift card to our local grocery store. :)