Harpist

AnnasmileOn Saturday, I took my camera to the park for practice.  My only goal was to try something different.

Anna is the daughter of one of Allan’s coworkers from a previous job. She is a very talented harpist and we have gone to listen to her play a few times. I always enjoy listening to her.

I practiced my photography on Anna.  She was not as intimidating as a stranger!

Check out Anna’s page. And if you contact her, let her know I sent you.

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Husky Pups

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The neighbor has two husky pups that like to come visit.  The kids keep returning them, but the puppies break out of their pen almost every day.  They are adorable, so I use them for camera practice.

Flying Kites

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KitepanThis has been a great first week of school.  The kids worked hard and I decided we all needed a break this morning.  We spent the morning at our favorite park. After getting some kites up, Mark rested on the ground, relaxing while he watched the kites overhead.  The other kids played with kites and also enjoyed the playground.

KiteAfter coming home, everyone spent time reading and working on individual projects.  It was a relaxing ending to the first week of school.

More Hummingbirds

 

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Knowing that the hummingbirds would be migrating soon, I spent more time enjoying them today. Most will hide behind the feeder to eat if anyone is outside.  The other one does not seem to be afraid of people and will flitter around watching us if we are on the porch.  She was a willing model for a few pictures today.

First Day of School

SchoolEven though we learn at home all year, during the summer we focus less on book learning, and more on personal projects.  This year the children took archery classes and Mark and Allan worked on a few projects together.  Audrey learned a lot about butterflies.  Adrian learned how to ride a bike.  Andrea did different things she was interested in.

But we always have one special day that we call “the first day of school”.  Today was our official first day of school.  Megan is a preschooler, Adrian is in third grade, Audrey is in sixth and Andrea is in seventh grade.  Mark is a tenth grader!

We are looking forward to a fun year!

Rescue

RescueAudrey has spent the summer learning more  about raising butterflies.  As a family we have been raising them for seven years, but she has done most of the work for the last two.

Early this summer, she found a caterpillar she never raised before anchored to the shed.  When it formed a chrysalis, she wanted to bring it in so she could watch it, but we could not figure out how to safely bring it inside.

We researched on how to move chrysalises safely and a few days later we went out to bring in a new chrysalis.  We discovered that something had come and eaten it.  She was very disappointed.

So she began practicing moving chrysalises.  Audrey rescued  two chrysalises that fell from the aquarium wall she keeps them in.  She practices anchoring those whose cremasters are on leaves that dry out or on flimsy sticks.

Now, when we find our next chrysalis, she will know how to bring it safely inside.