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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Blooms.....

Things are in bloom!  A few things have popped back up and a few new things have been started.  Fingers crossed we can keep our thumbs green and plants will stay alive!  

The Valentines plant that keeps on growing.  
The first blooms were vivid blue, but the new growth has been white with blue tips.  

 This was last week, the start of Tyler's giant pumpkins. 
 Cody's mini pumpkins also started to sprout.  The day after we planted these the big rain storms happened and we feared they were flooded. 
 Trying something new, (or again 12 years later) planted different varieties of Morning Glories along the front walk way.  It's fun to see them start to sprout and how different the plants look. 

 The strawberries are back! 
 Love the beauty of this plant. 
 The rock rose plants are still growing nicely
 Lots of buds...
 The flowers appear over night
Sometimes they will last a few days, or they fall off before the morning is over.  Weird.
   A few days after the first shots we noticed a lot of growth from the pumpkins. 

 Cody's mini's have a lot more sprouts. 

Hopefully we'll have some colorful and fruitful updates to come!

Week 15

4/8 - 4/14

 The boys scrounged up some batteries for their walkie talkies.  
I have found them like this many times, feet apart, talking to each other through the speakers.  
I know they have also gone opposite ways down the street to test their range. 

 Lots of things are in bloom, more to come on that....

 A field trip to go ice skating made for a great Thursday.

 I finally finished our everyday wreath.  
The fabric strips were finished a while ago (although I kept back shelving it) and it hung for a while without embellishments. 
Then the idea it to use Perler beads to add some details.
A bit of Pinterest inspiration later and it was finished! 

April's block of the month.

 Clinic started on Monday, two more weeks to the official start of swim season!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Week 14

4/1 - 7
So it starts.....
 Okay, so not completely!  We put one of the old family phones onto a prepaid plan for the boys.  With our busy schedule coming up, we thought it a good idea to be able to get a hold of them, or for them to call us.  

This is the look when a cute girl comes by to say hello. 
 Yeah, pretty scary. 

Handstand have been a focus at the gym, Ty is getting pretty good at holding them.
(Blue and orange shorts)

 We are trying our hand at growing crystals. 
 This smile says it all.  Not going so great! 
 Hopefully we'll start to see some growth in the next few days!

Riding in the wagon

 A beautiful project for a friend.....

Grandma and Grandpa Douglas came down for the weekend to celebrate Cody's birthday.  
More Presents!!!!
 Saturday the Tigers had their first spring game of the season, 1st game with the new players for the year.
 Sunday brought the same, in different jerseys. 
No wins this weekend, two tough teams that normally play 2 divisions above us.  
It was good for the boys to get on the field and see how everyone works.  Hopefully they will learn to trust each other, get away from their team mates and work the ball to the goal. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Woodcreek Nature Center

A field trip opportunity became available to visit the Woodcreek Nature Center in Roseville.  This is a great program that is lead by the Woodcreek High School students.  They apply for the class and spend the first half of the year studying about the area, then in March they start tours that include a quick program and an awesome walk through the vernal pools.  The presentations are all standard based and geared toward grades 1-5.  Bonus, it's all free!  Pass this along to your kids' teachers because it's a wonderful program.  

The boys were put into different groups based on their grade.  I started with Cody and then moved over and stayed with Tyler.  Tyler's leader was amazing!  She really knew her stuff and made a point to stop and show the kids different plants, trails, scat and critters.  Tyler loved it!  

Cody learning about the life cycle. 
 Tyler putting together the life cycle of a frog.
 They have quite a few animals to show and care for as part of the program.
Boa petting...
 Off on a nature walk...
 Cody and his group...

 Lots of wild life to see
 Baby snake...

 Blue bellied lizards...
 Many flowers were in bloom...

 I can't remember the name of this plant, but it splits into pieces and the seed burrows itself into the ground by coiling.  We all had one placed on our jackets and it was amazing to watch it go from straight to a tight coil. 

The nature preserve is located directly behind the Roseville Aquatic Center.  We are looking forward to going back for another hike.