Scary Wildlife

>> Friday, May 16, 2008

We've done some really fun things lately and I never think to put them down here. Last Saturday we had a baseball game for the bigger boys in Point Arena and the beaches on the way down were so incredible.  Here is one. It's hard to get perspective, but it's a *long* way down, and people on the beach would look very tiny.

 And then of course, you have your scary side of nature. I've printed out this picture for each of our flats we are hosting, but the bottom that says "don't crouch down; the lion has seen you long before you saw it" is cut off.  I think it makes it that much edgier with it. 


Car Schooling

>> Thursday, May 15, 2008

We have had the busiest schedule in years. Mostly it is very rewarding and we've gotten all kinds of wonderful things out of it. My children are definitely becoming more confident and proficient in different areas and each area of confidence helps with the next thing. But lawsie! I'm about ready to commit some terrible crime whereby the only punishment would include lots of time in solitary confinement. Quiet. Meals served to me. No driving back and forth.  No quibbling in the car. There's not many worse things than hurling down a freeway at a high rate of speed in a tin box with young people fighting and quarreling. 

Hmm. Maybe I should start a prison reform program. The prisoners would be begging for a new start on a crime free life by the end of the week. 


More. Because I'm Chatty Like That

>> Sunday, May 4, 2008

The pigs were fascinated by the Joyce Family
Cowboy Tyler and Flat Squirrel
 The emu is around 5' 9" and tried to eat the Flat.  I'm just glad there is a fence.
Lots of beehives and the bees were thick in the air. 

Here are our current flats all over a mossy tree at the coast.
Okay, that's it. It's bedtime and I need to go pick up Tristan from his all day church activities. 


A New Month, A New Post

Our Flat from Missouri visiting with the Buffalo

Tiny baby starfish!
Three of my lovelies with all the current Flats, MacKerricher State Park

Here are the Very Friendly Llamas. Only their Very Friendly Owner came out, took my flat and wouldn't give it back and I was almost late for an appointment. Makes me a bit wary of going back there for more pictures. 
      Baseball is going well for all three boys. Here is Jason at yesterday's game. He made a solid hit and did great.  The big boys were at a double header at the coast so I couldn't get their picture this time.                    

Baseball is going well for all three boys.  Things will be a little better after this Tuesday when Awana is officially over because right now there have been scheduling conflicts. 

 It's been a fantastic year in Awana and they all finished their books and did a great job.  Now we can start planning for VBS in July. Last year was so much fun I am definitely getting involved this year. 

Riding lessons continue and we've been enjoying that. Kay is so nice to work with!

The children and I have been having fun with our Flat Stanley project. Right now we are hosting flats from Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama, two from Australia and two from England. We need to send ours out--I'm *way* behind on that.  We've taken the flats to the coast and saw all kinds of neat things in the tidepools, we've gone to the buffalo, Lake Mendocino, tried and failed (twice) to get the emus and llama pictures, and tomorrow we'll do the cowboy stuff and the emu (hopefully. I've stopped counting on success here) and we need to get pictures of the ridge, the table at schooltime, our town sign and the drive through redwoods, which entails an hour trip north. I've gotten postcards and some things to put in with the flats to send home, but I need more buffalo fur and the pressed flowers need more drying time.  It is taking much longer than I had planned.  And here I am saying, I am going to send out all our flats tomorrow on our way back from riding lessons. There. Done.