Megan and Dino

Megan had a class on amphibians today.  All of the kids were hoping that “Dino” would be there.  They worked on their school work and  helped Mr. Courtney when they could.  At they end, they got to hold Dino.

Megan and DinoI had forgotten that Megan held the salamander with help last year, but this is the very first time she held him without any help at all. Megan said he felt like cold gooey stuff.  She said she did not want to hold him again, even though she enjoyed playing with him a few minutes before returning him.


AndreaI have been giving myself new challenges to learn to take better pictures.  Allan found a tutorial on using reflectors and I realized that I had made a silly mistake.  I did not realize you could use a reflector on dreary, dull days!  Yesterday, Andrea and I went out into the rain and experimented.

Now to figure out how to “bribe” the other kids so I can practice some more 🙂  I was informed that small jelly beans would work. The only problem is…. where do I find jelly beans after Easter?

Sleeping Beauty

IMG_5471.Sleeping BeautyMegan has been battling a cold again this year.  She does not feel horrible, but coughs a lot.  After lunch, she curled up on the bean bag and fell asleep.

It reminded me of when she was little and we came home from playing in the snow and she fell asleep as we changed her soaking clothes.  Allan took off his shirt to wrap her in to keep her warm.

Today, we wrapped her in Mark’s dress shirt for pictures. It has been nice to have her sleep without coughing for a few hours.



AndreaIt was extremely windy yesterday afternoon and I mentioned to Andrea that I just wanted to play with my camera but I did not have any ideas.  She replied “okay” before running to change. We spent the next hour outside just experimenting with ideas.

She had fun being a model and getting new pictures, and I enjoyed the chance to practice.  Her white dress caused problems and hair blowing in her eyes made focusing difficult, but it was good training for when I need to get the picture right the first time. It was also fun trying something different.  The best part was talking and giggling with my daughter who is growing up so fast!

Megan and the Alpacas

IMG_9165.Sept 2013Megan was not sure what she thought of the alpacas two years ago. But now, she enjoys helping with them.  She feeds them with help and is learning to walk them.

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This is what Megan says about the alpacas:

I like them.  Sing likes to kiss me when I am walking her.  She likes me and she walks nicely with me. She does not like her harness because it is too big and she is just little.  She does not like walking in water.

After I walk her, I give her a treat sometimes.  Sometimes it is alpaca food. Sometimes I just snuggle with her.  Sometimes she kisses me when we are done.

When I was little little, I was afraid of alpacas, even the babies! I really don’t mind them now, they don’t scare me anymore. My favorite is all of them!