It has been fun watching the weather.Â It poured most of the day and the wind has been very strong. A few strong storms have passed by, but none have hit us.
When it cleared up for a few minutes, we headed outside to play and Audrey discovered a rainbow. We enjoyed taking pictures of it before it started to rain again and we headed back inside.
We have been extremely lazy today. The kids and I have enjoyed hanging around, doing nothing of importance since returning from church and visiting my mom as a birthday surprise.
Even with the crazy weather, it was almost a perfect Sunday. If Allan could have enjoyed relaxing with us today, instead of heading to China for a business trip, it would have been a perfect day.
Allan left for Shanghai, China very early this morning.Â I am not exactly sure what he is doing, other than it has something to do with wire harnesses. Please pray for his safety while he is gone. I asked him to write updates as a “guest writer” on the blog, so hopefully he will have time to post a little.
On most school days we walk. We use the walk to talk, discuss school things or just day dream out loud.
Even though it was colder this morning, we spent our walk looking for beautiful leaves. We collected some to press and took pictures of others. We were very thankful that yesterday’s rain did to seem to wash the leaves’ color away any.
The nights are turning cooler and we are starting to wear sweaters. While Mark was roaming, he came running and told me to get my camera quick!
He had discovered a huge dragonfly resting in the woods.Â It was just chilly enough that it was not moving much.Â We both admired it before moving it so the rest of the kids could see it.
The branch it was sitting on vibrated for a little while, like the dragonfly was shivering.Â Then, just after all the kids got to see it, the dragonfly took off and flew around the back yard for all of us to admire before disappearing back into the woods.
When Allan and I were married, we went backpacking.Â One of our stops was atÂ Ogallala Lake in Nebraska.Â It is a park where you can camp on the sand dunes.Â Unfortunately, after getting our car stuck (and unstuck) in the sand, we noticed ominous storm clouds, so we ended up in a horrible hotel, made worse because we both really wanted to stay at the dunes.
On this trip, we decided to try staying there again.Â After exploring, we could not find anyplace that looked like what we had discovered years ago.Â We did learn that nearby Lake McConaughy also had sand dunes that we could camp at, so we stopped there.
The kids enjoyed camping on the beach! If we had more time, we all would have loved to stay and explore for a few days.Â It is on our be-sure-to-stop-again list!
Â The “big kids” are all at camp, so Adrian, Megan and I decided to visit some botanical gardens nearby. I am not sure how many times I have passed the gardens, but only recently realized what they were.
We enjoyed our trip very much. The people we met were super friendly and helpful. They seemed to go out of their way to help the kids enjoy their trip.Â Adrian was excited when he was given a scavenger hunt to do.Â When they completed it, the kids earned a chance to dig through a treasure box full of mini erasers and stickers.
It was a beautiful garden and I look forward to taking the older kids.
Meet Chitter Chatter, a super friendly squirrel-named by Audrey- that visited us at my Mom’s house.
Daddy and I were walking in the front yard and Chitter Chatter ran in front of us. She started up the tree and then came down and watched us for a little bit. I had my camera because Daddy wanted me to try some flower pictures for him.Â Since the squirrel was just sitting there, I tried a picture.
When the camera “clicked” the squirrel started toward me.Â I did not like that at all!Â I backed away and put the camera down.Â The squirrel retreated some and I tried another picture.Â Once again, when the squirrel saw the camera come up and heard the click, she came closer. I put the camera down and she moved away. I held the camera up and she moved in. I would have played some more, but something startled the squirrel and she ran away.
I was telling Mom about the over friendly squirrel and she asked what color it was. I learned that an elderly lady down the street has been feeding the squirrels, and this one was probably hoping for something to eat!