Weekly Wrap-Up

Sunday we rode a 25 mile charity ride as a family.  C rode the tag along with daddy.  E pedaled the entire ride on a 20″ bike!  The boys did a great job. We finished in just over 3 hours.   We hadn’t gotten in a lot of practice time in so we were a bit saddle sore, but I’m  our legs all held up well.  Riding with E was fun because the other riders were so encouraging.  He was the only kid I saw riding a small bike.

We added a pet to our household this week.  You can read about our new pet here.

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The other exciting news at our house is, “BASEBALL IS ALMOST OVER!!!!!!!!”  Happy Dance!   The kids tried to like it.  I tried to like it.  We’re really more of a soccer family.  I do want  to say thanks to our coaches.   I really appreciate them volunteering such a substantial amount of time.

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Summer has been wonderful.  We’ve done a lot of hiking partly because the weather has stayed cool and pleasant.  I’m trying to make sure we are in good condition for vacation this fall.    Their stamina on the bike ride this weekend was really encouraging.  It has been so nice to catch up with our school friends by going to the pool and bowling.

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We’ve kept up with our reading time and working on writing and spelling skills a bit. E read about dragonflies and fireflies last week. We found an off-cycle periodical cicada this week.  I’m sure those of you on the East Coast are tired of seeing those.  As we run across them in our walks he shares little tidbits with me.   The kids are watching a Mythbusters episode about once per day and playing lots of Minecraft.   We made a plateful of non-Newtonian fluid just for fun.  Another day we practiced our lab skills in the kitchen.

 

I really love when you get home and realize you caught what you were after, like this heron catching lunch.  DSC_0813

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He hid out of sight to eat that fish but later on here he is with a fish going down the hatch.

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Our interests this week have us trying to find out more about heron nesting habits.  We frequently see herons, but we’ve never seen any that stand out as juvenile or a nest.  We are also trying to learn more about hummingbirds. We have a few coming to our feeders.

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Of course we need to find out more about snails now Stinky Jr.  has joined our family.

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Lightning was also a big topic of discussion because lightning struck very large tree behind our house this week.

 

On our bookshelf this week:

Snailology by Michael Ross

Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah Campbell

Herons by Frank Staub

Hummingbirds by Mark Rauzon

Minnie and Moo

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

 

Hope you are having a great summer!

 

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up

  1. E are right there with you on baseball vs soccer. none of our kids even signed up this year for baseball, first time in 4 years! Wow those heron pics are fabulous. Enjoy your week

  2. I clicked over to the lab skills in the kitchen, and I just loved your experiment. I’m sure that the kids loved the cookies more 🙂

  3. Wow! Great job on the bike ride! Softball just ended here. It was a good season and I connected with some other softball moms during practices and games so it wasn’t all that bad. Those games can get pretty LONG though, huh? Awesome nature photos! We had a heron “hanging out” in the pond at the beginning of the road for a while. I never realized how big they were!

  4. Your photos of the heron (my absolute FAVOURITE bird) are amazing, especially the one of him eating. We are keeping an eye on our heron each week, but there doesn’t seem to be a Mrs Heron anywhere, or a nest. Still Mr Heron is just stunning on his own!!

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