looking out my window, it's sunny and warmer than the typical February morning: 54 degrees!
I am thinking about my day, and thankful for a quiet day at home with no errands to run.
I am thankful for the children's recovery from the virus they have been battling. Not the flu, but it's been a stubborn sickness to get rid of.
One of my favorite things is spending time in the Word early in the morning before the children wake up.
I am still working a cross-stitch project: a butterfly book mark to give to my mom.
I am wearing jeans, a blue floral print thermal long-sleeve shirt, and insulated socks. In spite of the warmer temps, I am very cold-natured. Hence, the long sleeves and socks. :)
I am reading a book written by David Livingstone, about his adventures in Africa. His quotes are excellent; I have been jotting them down in my commonplace notebook.
I am hoping to find a local cake decorating class for Natalie. She baked a beautiful heart cake for Valentine's Day, which also happens to be her oldest sister's birthday. :)
In my kitchen, I am loving my new Vitamix blender! It is so much more powerful than my Ninja blender was.
In our school room, Ian is in his second semester of his first year of college. He made the Dean's List last semester, and was invited to join the Alpha Beta Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The induction ceremony was on Sunday evening. (See photo below.) Proud Mama right here! :)
The four youngers have just finished their second term of AO, and are doing their exams today and tomorrow.
In my garden, I am already thinking about planting peas. I can't wait to start digging in the dirt.
The May FOTM is Floressa, and it's a beauty! It's on sale now through the month of May.
The monthly special at Lilla Rose is spend $75 and get pair of the new u-pins! Also, there is sale beginning now through May 3 @ 11:59 pm PST - 10% off new and returning May styles and free shipping on retail orders $60 and over.
This post about our most recent nature exchange is a bit overdue. As in, 6 months overdue!
For a little background, our first 3 nature exchanges were with Silvia. You can read about them here,here, and here.
Our fourth nature exchange was with Celeste. Then, last fall, we arranged a fifth nature exchange with Amber.
We spent many fun hours searching for treasures to send to Amber and her family. Since Amber and her family live about 2,000 miles away, we searched high and low for unusual items that they might not have in their area. My children enjoy
the searching part as much as they enjoy the receiving part. :)
We found butterflies, moths, insects, feathers, snail shells, flower seeds, a lump of pine tree sap, a mantis egg sac, a snake skin, milkweed pods, etc.
The children sketched some of the treasures so they could look back at their Nature journals and remember what we sent. Here's a peek.....
Naomi sketched a Monarch butterfly, a pigeon feather, and a snail shell. I love her Monarch butterfly. :)
Ian sketched a wood beetle, snail shell, and a Spicebush Swallowtail.
Love the detail of his wood beetle. :)
Aaron sketched a wood beetle, a Monarch butterfly, a pigeon feather, and a dragonfly.
Love it! :)
Natalie sketched butterflies and a feather. Even though the Giant Swallowtail was a bit ratty around the lower edges of the wings, she sketched it accurately.
Asher's sketches..I love the horsefly. :)
The detail on his cicada was impressive. :)
After sketching, we carefully boxed everything up and mailed it. A short time later, Amber's box arrived.
We were thrilled to open the box and see what Amber and her family sent us -
- all tree-related treasures. :)
Everything was carefully packed and labeled.
The biggest pine cones we have ever seen!
And to top it off, Amber enclosed a very informative letter with a detailed explanation of each item. It was like a tree-based Science lesson in a box! :) We compared the tree specimens with similar trees in our area. Lots of hands-on learning and fun. Thanks so much, Amber!