Monday night we started our plant pals similar to these....
Wednesday we made bug jars and after dinner Daddy went exploring with us in the backyard and we collected a variety of bugs and a microfrog (seriously this frog was the size of my fingernail!)
This strange phenomenon of bug collecting is something all my kids love. Seriously my toddler is super delighted at the sight of an ant. Momma however hates all creepy crawlies. I did come out to photograph their catches. Better than the alternative of them bringing them inside to show me. I thought it wouldn't be until after my son was born that I would have to say things like "Spiders and frogs need to stay outside!!!" They also hunted some rocks in our yard that we will use for a craft another week.
That night for dessert we had mini-jello aquariums which was actually supposed to be for beach week but we hadn't gotten to it. This picture is actually easier to see than my picture, mine were nerds with blue jello on top and a couple of swedish fish tucked in there. You can't make the jello with the candy in it because the candy starts dissolving right away.
Thurs night while I was working Craig took the girls to get strawberries. With the way things were going this year we didn't pick them ourselves but we didn't want to go without jam for the winter. Craig and I whipped it up after they were in bed.
We let the older two stay up late and do some stargazing on the trampoline. We used our star finder app to point out constellations to them. There were also a lot of fireflies out which were like stars close to earth.
Saturday afternoon when I got home from work and my haircut the older two took off with Daddy for a bike ride to the park. When Charlotte woke up from her nap we drove up to meet them there.
First things first they played on the playground.
Then we ventured into the woods for our hike. Originally our plan was to explore a new-to-us park however with the combination of the bike ride we stuck with our favorite park.
We had fun on our hike the girls did a scavenger hunt and pointed out stuff along the way.
Charlotte was delighted to stomp around in the creek. We helped a dog running loose find it's way home and talked about being a responsible pet owner haha! We also talked about taking care of nature and everyone cleaned up the garbage we found along the way.
Finally on Sunday night we had craft time with toilet paper rolls. We made binoculars with a little duct tape and string. And we made bird feeders with peanut butter and bird seed. Daddy helped hang them high in the tree.
Once again there was a variety of stuff we didn't quite get to and there was some unexpected hassles in our house this week but we still managed to have fun with nature this week.
Last week we forgot to do a new fruit of the spirit devotional. This week we talked about peace. With summer comes a lot of bickering amongst siblings (that's normal right? you got that going on at your house too, please say yes!) so we talked about the importance of being a peacemaker in your house. And we started the 10 sec rule of counting to ten before you speak or react when you are angry or frustrated. They even made Daddy use it when he was getting frustrated with them haha.
This next week is patriotic week, OBVIOUSLY!! But we may be getting a new family member too so I will do my best to get stuff done in the meantime. We are still just waiting....