And then there were Legos…

Some of the best days are spent doing things I didn’t plan…

Like when Gavin is begging me to build him a Lego house.

And it literally takes me the bulk of the day to fulfill this wish for him. He know’s mommy has never known her full potential at Lego building and seriously doubts a successful outcome, but he had every bit of faith in me with this assignment.

 

I couldn’t resist a couple of details, like the flower walkway next to a pond… or the fancy barbecue on the upstairs deck…

 

And of course we have the living room… a side from the kitchen and bedrooms.

Yes, that’s a drill on the coffee table, why I don’t know. ūüôā

Gavin and Ella both asked for the garage.

It was definitely a Lego day and mostly because we are three days out from the last day of school, workbooks are drying up, and summer fun days are starting to nudge at us. We took a run in the morning through our “old downtown” and had some real interactions with map/key concepts as well as stopped in the pet store for some learning. The kids got to pet a few snakes, Ella pet a scorpion and they watched the effort that goes into maintaining all the animal cages. It was an eventful day even though the Lego’s ended up as the bigger portion.

But every good day must come to an end, and the creation met its tragic end…

 

It’s a tough thing to see hard work fall on the floor to a million pieces. But what is remembered is the fun that was had while it lasted!

And there’s always tomorrow….

P.S. Lego mini golf

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The Versatile Blogger Award :)

I’ve tried to get this post together now for over a few weeks. The draft was all cozy in the corner, patiently waiting for all of my thoughts to come together on it until two things happened yesterday. The first being that I finally had the 30th follower on my blog…

Yes I’m coming up in this world now, you can say it ūüôā

Well that was kind of a big deal to me! Secondly the lovely blogger who granted me thine award announced that she is closing up shop on her blog which I’ve loved so much. The good news though is that she has started another one which I am happy to hear.

So all of this change around here struck up the fire to get this post completed. And this is how it all began: 

I was reading one of my favorite blogs one afternoon to find that she had been the recipient of this¬†VBA, or Versatile Blogger Award¬†as it’s known. While¬†fully enjoying her seven interesting facts and story about her nomination, I then got to her list of nominee blogs. Skimming over them to see if there were any I’d recognize,¬†I skimmed right past¬†Tethered Butterfly… did a double take and then thought, ‘oh yeah, I’m Tethered Butterfly!!’¬†I almost missed it! Seriously I was rubbing my eyes like maybe I had just made it up in my head because it’s what I hoped to see, but really I didn’t. My eyes did not deceive me however.

So I want to thank¬†Fish Out of Water¬†for that! It was¬†SO¬†super sweet of her to think of this blog as a candidate. I haven’t been a blogger¬†for very long so it’s a pretty cool feeling, and I will gladly accept the nomination. Especially coming from her. I’ll say you¬†must¬†check out her blog while it’s still up and running. She’s had some really sweet posts and ideas during her homeschool journey that she recently embarked on with her son. And she’s super funny!!¬†But you might also want to cruise over to her latest addition as well (Sincerely, Slapdash)

For anyone who didn’t already know, including myself, there is this award/nomination called¬†The Versatile Blogger Award¬†in which a blog gets¬†nominated by another blogger to receive. In order to accept the award, the new nominee must proceed with the following rules:

  • ¬†Thank the person who gave you this award. That‚Äôs common courtesy.
  • ¬†Include a link to their blog. That‚Äôs also common courtesy ‚ÄĒ if you can figure out how to do it.
  • ¬†Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you‚Äôve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • ¬†Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award ‚ÄĒ you might include a link to this site.
  • ¬†Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Sounds easy enough, but the list of 7 things was really driving me nuts!! I guess I’ll start with the seven things and save the juicy list of nominees for last. ūüôā

1. Ok, I¬†despise¬†being in airplanes and elevators. They both give me horrible anxiety, it’s dreadful. Maybe it was an experience in a past life or something, to me I associate the word disaster with both. I avoid them when possible!!

2.¬†I have a crazy memory, remembering things about my life since the age of 3. And not just traumatic events like when I had a tortilla chip lodged in my throat around that age and the answer was to go take a nap so that it “might” become dislodged… I also remember saying good-bye and giving a hug to my first best friend in kindergarten on the day before my family moved to the town I grew up in. I don’t recall her name, but I remember the look we exchanged as I walked away from her. It was a loss I never knew before.

3.¬†My biggest food weakness is a chocolate chip cookie, approximately 2 minutes after leaving the oven. Warm, gooey, practically falling apart as I eat it… followed by a glass of milk.¬†HEAVEN!!!

mmmmmm… Just writing about it makes me want one this minute!!

4.¬†I really, really feel drawn away from the ‘city’ life and would love to go own a bunch of cute chickens and live on a farm.¬†Like¬†REALLY!!!¬†I am so over the crowded fast-paced world.

Maybe I’ll just own a chicken and walk it in the city…apparently I have options.

5.¬†My favorite song to whistle is Strangers in the Night.¬†Don’t ask me why, it’s been stuck in my head since I can remember… just the first tune that wants to come out of me. It’s a fun one though, you should try it!

6.¬†I have this opinion… I sincerely think we should have stayed in the 90’s. Before computers, cell phones and iAnything’s were all we obsess about, before you couldn’t walk into any public place without seeing dozens of ear buds practically glued into the ears of everyone drowning out any normal bit of conversation that is left of civilization as we know it. Okay maybe I’m exaggerating, but really it just seems like life was so much simpler back then, when you couldn’t even squeeze a cell phone into your back pocket, let alone text without having to decode some upside-down code numbers on a pager. It’s really that lack of convenience that has drawn us to the uber-convenient-gotta-have-it-this-second needs of today’s world. Now is the fact that my argument resides here in my blog, which I’m conveniently typing on my computer failing my point? Oh well I tried. Good-bye forever Zack Morris..

7. I take chances.¬†I’m not going to hold it against myself someday that laughing and whistling gave me wrinkles in the worst spots…at least I have something to show for being happy and joyful… and though I fear dying from cancer as it runs in the family, I do not fear taking chances in this life. The chance to fail, or succeed or love or to hurt in my life is what never ceases to provide such growth.

¬†Now for the nominees (In my best announcer voice). ¬†Pardon me if any of my nominees were already¬†nominated before! These are in no special order I suppose ūüôā

The Happy Wife¬†The sweet story time capsule of my sister’s beautiful family! She’s an amazing mommy capturing the memories!

Sticky Mud¬†I don’t know where to begin to describe the amazing mind that is A Thousand Petals.. You HAVE to see for yourself!!

Cultfit¬†Yes I love this blog, I’ve linked it before. The inspiration, motivation and humor put into such a unique perspective on fitness is unmatched in my book! It’s a daily dose that gets me through my week!

¬†Happy Together Creates¬†The first blog I ever set creative eyes on.. it’s a treasure of ideas!

Rocket Creek The super sweet and creative homeschool mama that I enjoy so many ideas from!

The Pioneer Woman¬†Two words… SUPER WOMAN. She does it all, and does it all so well. You probably already know who she is if you watch the Food Network ūüôā Yes she is quite beyond a¬†VBA¬†from little ol’ me, but I have to put her on my list!!

Home Grown Families¬†from book reviews, to giveaways and DIY it’s a great collaborative blog!

Cooperative Catalyst¬†the other side of teaching.. and for changing education. Many contributor’s= many minds= many points of view ranging from students to teachers/faculty. Quite interesting!!

Ross Mountney’s Notebook¬†writing’s about family life, parenting and educating. I was so happy to find her wealth of knowledge.

Learnin’ on the River¬†A lovely blog about learnin’ on the Mississippi!! Simple, direct, and fun..I love it!

Embracing the Mundane A great blog that I found some awesome inspiration from..creative and organizational.

Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss¬†What a fun style she has, and some very unique design inspiration. The ‘eye’ that I try to have when it comes to design!

Tip Junkie¬†Another one beyond this award,¬†but seriously¬†it’s the best place to go for anything you can think of when it comes to ideas, Diy, recipe’s, organization… seriously anything!!!

Mission Impossible¬†Quite frankly, she is a woman “on a mission” and she has a beautiful blog I recently came upon which she does this through. All things parenting/homemaking/schooling etc.

Homeschooling Helicopter Mama what another sweet blog of a homeschooling journey. She has little ones too which I find so inspiring that she does so much with all of them!!

WOW!! So that does it I guess… A lot of work for one blog award without even a wall plaque. I guess the blog button will have to do. ūüôā ¬†Also here is a link to the Versatile Blogger Award page for more information if needed!

The Empty Nest

“Enjoy the spring of love and youth. To some good angel leave the rest, for time will teach thee soon the truth, ‘there are no birds in last year’s nest.” ~ Henry W. Longfellow

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A Mother’s day discovery… As the day wound down at my parents house and goodbyes were being said, we discovered the egg shell of a baby bird lying in the grass. Not far from above was the abandoned, empty nest up in the tree. I most certainly took the chance to claim this prize of nature for studying this week in science.

A Mother’s Day Tribute

For all the beautiful Mother’s out there:

God could not be in every place

With loving hands to help erase

The tear drops from each baby’s face,

And so He thought of mother.

He could not send us here alone

And leave us to a fate unknown;

Without providing for His own,

The outstretched arms of mother.

God could not watch us night and day

And kneel beside our crib to pray,

Or kiss our little aches away;

And so He sent us mother.

And when our childhood days began,

He simply could not take command.

That’s why He placed our tiny hand

Securely into mother’s.

The days of youth slipped quickly by,

Life’s sun rose higher in the sky.

Full grown were we, yet ever nigh

To love us still, was mother.

And when life’s span of years shall end,

I know that God will gladly send,

To welcome home her child again,

That ever-faithful mother.

~George W. Wiseman

For my mom… The most beautiful inside and out. She never falls short of giving so much love of herself as a mom, and now as a grandma (Mamu) as well.

Mom and Ella

And my little ones… They are such a gift, I’d probably be lost without them because so much about the person I am today has been from living and learning through them. I love them more than words can say.

 

The Kidspace Children’s Museum

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.  What!  Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ever since discovering that the Kidspace Children’s Museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of each month, I knew that we would take that opportunity at some point! Who can pass up FREE¬†these days right?! So this month was our first time, and definitely not the last! Although the free night is only a four-hour chunk of time, it gives enough opportunity to decide if it’s worth a full day trip coming again. It was really a fun experience for all three of them! The museum has various exploring areas encouraging lots of learning which was great!

They loved the art area….

There was the giant water-color station…

Lots of little crafts going on here…

The little artist

We love to paint!!

Then it was a mosaic craft..

Great for little creative minds ūüôā

The museum had all these crazy crawling/climbing spaces that even the adults could try. This one below was very cool but about half way up with Grant I was getting dizzy… Literally when you are up that narrow of a space and looking up or down is the same view it kind of freaks you out! It seemed like it never ended so we turned around!

A never-ending crawl space..

More climbing!!

Seriously there was so much to do! Like this fossil discovery area…

My little digger.

And this silly bug kitchen where the kids can play and pretend to serve the bugs meals. There were exhibits in the kitchen showing what bugs might lurk in our kitchens if we don’t keep them clean…GROSS!!

May we take your orders?!

Bug Appétit

At one point Grant ran out of the kitchen so fast yelling, “A¬†BALL, A BALL!!!”¬† and this is what he had spotted…

The golf Gods have spoken to him

It was pretty cute that he saw it so randomly at the time…and if it isn’t obvious, he is obsessed with anything sports related like big-bro.

There were some very cool exhibits all around and an entire room dedicated to learning the ends and outs of science related things… life cycles, rocks and minerals, bones, shells and water life, magnetic fields… so, so much we could definitely spend an entire day there! I think the summer time will be great because there is also a huge outdoor water play area and a new addition of fun activities that is opening up soon. The day we went was raining but the kids still wanted to mess around near the water of course!

Singing in the rain

Oh yeah and the museum has a calender of events that you can plan for. The evening we came on was a cultural dance night. That was a fun show and interesting to learn about a different style of dance…

Story tellers..

So that was our experience at the Kidspace Museum and they can’t wait to go back! We love this kind of fun learning!

Till next time!