Sunday, May 17, 2015

Field Trip

Little man's class had a field trip to Living History Farms last week and I got to tag along.  I was surprised at how many students counted this field trip as their first trip to the Farms.  We didn't see everything but the sites we did see were a bit more interactive than we get on a random trip to the Farms so it all evens out in the end.  I was a bit bummed to find out that they moved the Ioway Indian area from the woods to an upper field closer to one of the other farms - that wooded trail was one of my favorite things about that portion of the experience...

In no particular order, here are some photos from our day.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Time Between

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are spread pretty thin at the moment but we have been filling the time between games and practices with a little bit of green.

Little man brought home a succulent a while back and they are so fun to plant that we got a few more.

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Little miss was all about the flowers so we grabbed a few of those as well.

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Litle man even got a few venus fly traps.  I've never had a fly trap before - what is it with things in my house eating bugs??? - and it's a little high-maintenance...  I'm hoping we can keep it alive. 

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I had a helluva time trying to find regular perlite to use for the fly traps so a trip was made to visit our friend Pejo who has a greenhouse down in Fairfield, IA. P's place is a wonderland, and the minions wasted no time exploring. Little man found a plethora of little tadpoles.

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Little miss helped P pick a wildflower bouquet.

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I love finding natural lace...
 
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Before we went on a mushroom hunt, I explored the area.

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Here's the snake that I almost stepped on. Good times ;)
 
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P took us out in the woods along a nearby trail to hunt for mushrooms. We didn't find any - most likely because we were with him ;) I took more photos during our jaunt.
 
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Little man was on a quest to nab a frog.
 
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He came up empty handed. Little miss even helped out - trying to move them towards little man when they were closer to the water.
 
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I just loved how the light played with the leaves and tree limbs.
 
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If you look closely, you can see the owl that swooped up and settled on the branch in this picture.
 
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You know me and fungus.... I can't seem to help myself!
 
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I think the only thing "caught" during our walk was an inchworm that we then let go.
 
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Gotta love it when your boots get stuck in the mud ;)
 
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Back at the house, little man finally had some success!
 
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Telling secrets...
 
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Home again.
 
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Now that catching a frog was taken care of, he set out to create waterslides and volcanos in the sand.
 
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P showed me his hosta garden - so many cool varieties and in one corner I found my favorite flower. Growing up, I had a bunch of these planted under my bedroom window and the smell when the windows were open was fantastic! I need to get some planted around our house.
 
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Such a lovely day.
 
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Thanks, P and T, for letting us hang out with you guys! We'll do it again soon, I hope :)