Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brilyn and the Superworm!

 Brilyn loves reading about Superworm!

She also loves all of God's creatures
and that includes WORMS!
 
After our last few fishing adventures
I dumped our leftover worms into
a critter keeper and was planning
to start a small worm farm to
support our fishing needs.
BUT - Brilyn, thought the worms
were her pets and she loved them
so much, I talked her into setting them
free in the garden.
 
 And we'll just have to buy a
fresh tub of worms whenever we
want to go fishing.
Because - I don't know if that girl would
ever forgive me if I were to use one
of her pets as bait!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brilyn the Super Model

Brilyn was in a fashion
show at Dilliard's Department Store
in our local mall.
 
 She was adorable!
 I may be a bit partial, but I
think she was the prettiest
girl there.
She really does make that
dress look good!
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

American Girl Doll, Addy Study

I love Civil War history.
Not so much the war stories, 
but the personal stories of people
from both the north and south 
and how the war effected them.
So, when my daughter saw these
books, she knew I would want them.
And she picked them up,
fro me to read to Grace!
 
 I've planned activities to go along with the
books and during my last visit to 
Texas, we read books #1 and #2.
 In book #1, Meet Addy, Addy and her
mother tell of their escape from slavery.
Addy's father and brother had just been
sold and Addy had been mistreated by
an overseer, so her Mother wanted
to run for Addy's sake.
Before they made a run for it,
Addy's mother gave her a shell that
had belonged to her father's grandmother.
She brought it with her when she was a girl
and she was captured in Africa.
Addy's Mother put the shell on one of
Addy's brother, Sam's leather shoelaces,
so Addy would have a memory of her
brother as well. The necklace was to remind
Addy of the journey her Great-grandmother
had made and how she was brave and strong,
and to remind Addy that she could be
brave and strong as well.
 I picked up a bag of similar shells
at Hobby Lobby and drilled holes in
one end for a metal clasp that
we attached before stringing the shells
on leather. The girls call these
"our brave and strong necklaces".
They were fun and easy to make.

And for book #1, I also picked up
a little bull whip.
Addy was whipped in book #1
and I wanted the girls to understand 
what a whip is.
Grace learned to crack a whip right away.
She even commented that she thought
that mean overseer needed the whipping!
  video 
Just listen to that CRACK!

And in book #2,
Addy Learns A Lesson,
Addy is free. She gets to go to school
and she learns to read!
For Book #2 I gave the girls
a slate so they could play school.
But - I didn't get any pictures.
And we will eventually finish the
Addy books. 
So far, they are my favorites from
the American Girl series.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Remember Charlotte?


Remember Charlotte?
Our garden spider from last summer?
 Before she went away last winter she 
spun her little egg sack.
We have been watching it, and will
continue to watch it, hoping to see lots
of little baby Charlotte's making their way
out of it and into the garden where they belong.
 But Brilyn kept seeing the egg sac and
asking about Charlotte and asking what's
in there, so we found another egg sac to open.
So Brilyn got to look at the inside of an 
egg sac up close.
She got to touch it, and see all of those
little tiny eggs. 
It was fascinating!
That's a lot of unhatched spiders!
Hopefully, we'll get pictures when
Charlotte's little ones make
their way out of their egg sac.

Friday, April 18, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUSTIN!!!!!!!


It's Dustin's Birthday,
so please comment and wish him
a wonderful day!
Dustin is my daughter, Heather's,
husband and Grace and Olivia's
Daddy. He is a hard worker
who loves him family and
he takes really good care of them.
I couldn't ask for a better
son in law. 

Happy Birthday, Dustin!
I hope you have a wonderful
day, a wonderful year and a
wonderful life!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brilyn Goes Fishing

 Brilyn loves to go fishing.
 On this little trip, she only caught 
one fish. And it was WINDY! 
(SEE HER HAIR ABOVE)
 She watched for this little bobber
to go under until she just couldn't watch 
it any more.
So, we went exploring!
 We saw a dragon fly!
 A pair of dragon flies!
 A frog in a bog!
And a little black duck!
SHE THINKS THIS IS HER DUCK!
But really, it's a different kind.
Her duck is at the pond on occasion,
but he often flies away to explore other places.
But to her... any BLACK DUCK is HERS!
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baby Giggles

video
Look who is making 
Weston laugh!
Or... is that Weston
making Grace and Olivia laugh?
Either way, it's pretty cute.
I love a house filled with laughter.