I am not sure what this flower is, the girls picked it along with a white one at a neighbor’s house. I did some research, and I think it might be a Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda).

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It has been fun looking for spring flowers and discovering new ones that we have not noticed before.

Alpaca Shearing School Day

Yesterday, the kids helped shear alpacas.  Each year they learn a new job and they work harder each time.

Megan is learning.  As little as she is, she has more “can’t do-es” than “can do-es”. But this year, she started learning jobs. She swept a little and helped Mark bring her favorite alpaca in.  Then she sat next to Sing and petted her to keep her calm.

IMG_6301_shareMark brought the alpacas in and helped secure them.  When they were finished, he returned them to their pens so they could go outside.

Andrea learned how to move the first cutting of fiber and then how to hold and help flip the alpacas.  She was not sure about the job at first, but she did an excellent job.

Audrey has been helping bag the fiber and cleaning up between cuttings. This year she and the neighbor did it alone.  As Adrian grows older, he is learning more jobs.  This year he swept between alpacas and stayed out of everyone’s way without having to be reminded.

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It was a fun morning of hard work.  The neighbors had other home school boys come  in to help, so the kids enjoyed the chance to talk to other kids.  The boys were highly recommended to me.  They “look you in the eye when they talk to you”. That is a high compliment coming from my kids!

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!