Monday, March 27, 2017

Inspiring a Future Geologist?

Elisabeth spent her own allowance on a Discovery Kids Rock & Gem Dig Kit. She was so excited to get home and begin her quest to unlock the treasures inside. It was good to see her spend her money on something educational. The box recommends ages 12 and up, but, after reading the directions, she couldn't fathom why. She spent a couple of hours on this little project and her enthusiasm inspired big brother to get involved as well. Afterwards, she declared she wanted to be an archaeologist. I gave a brief explanation of an archaeologist (who studies human artifacts and remains), a paleontologist (studies fossils) and a geologist (who studies the actual earth) which resulted in her declaring that she in fact wants to be a geologist. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stitch in Style Sewing Club

We attended our first monthly sewing club meeting this week. Elisabeth reviewed sewing machine basics and received good recommendations for useful tools and organizational techniques. The first project was a simple, but adorable, holder for pocket tissues.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dinosaur Invasion at Leu Gardens

Here is a little photo journal of a lovely morning spent at Leu Gardens this week. The kids loved searching out the dinosaurs that have "invaded" the gardens (The Dinosaur Invasion lasts until the end of April). It was amusing how frustrated they were with us moms for continually stopping and talking. There is just so many interesting plants in these 50-acres of beautifully cultivated gardens. The camellias, ferns and cycads were among our favorites. 
Admission costs to this lovely garden are usually $10 for adults and $3 for children; we picked up a free child pass at the Orange County Library. Admission fees at Leu Gardens are waived on certain days of the year; check their calendar of events for details.

Angel's Trumpet
I do love all the mature Southern Live Oaks
Grove Workers Sculpture
"Pink Perfection"variety of camellia
The kids waiting on us to catch up
This is what they looked like before I had them pose for a picture
Acanthus montanus (a.k.a Bear's Breech, Mountain Thistle and less commonly Alligator Plant)