Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Lunar Eclipse

Here is a sample of our view of this morning's lunar eclipse.  Misty strands of haunted October cloud nearly shrouded the spectacle, but in the end, we still got some really nice glimpses of the copper ember of moon and a sparkling Orion through the cloud breaks.  Grace and Ava joined us on our 4 am adventure, buried under layers of blanket and coat.  They seemed slightly less impressed than I remember being as a child viewing my first eclipse.  We couldn't let them miss the show, though...not with this week being the week we study Copernicus and Galileo in history!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hunt for Wings

The girls are studying flying creatures in science this year...everything from insects and birds to bats and flying dinosaurs. We've been enjoying using these splendid autumn days to scavenge for sightings.  So far we've seen everything except the bats and dinosaurs!

Grace shows off the leaf she found with insect eggs on it.

Meanwhile, the boys stay busy by fishing the school-day away.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Looking Back at Summer

Grace decorated her own birthday cake.  Her favorite color is yellow.  Can you tell?

Happy 8th!

Enjoying the Cherry Days parade in Paonia on July 4.

Is it coming yet?
Grace's new friend.

Ava and her hand-crafted crab apple mud cakes.

Testing her umbrella in Gramps's hay-field irrigation sprinklers.

Gem Lake,  Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sisters in Gem Lake.

The Gem Lake trail is 4 miles round trip, with the first half being a steep uphill climb.

I only had to carry a couple of 3-year-olds on parts of the return hike.  Impressive!

Enjoying the pool while sisters took swimming lessons.

A nature walk on the Calf Creek Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park.

The hiking stick her Grandpa Nydell made her.

We identified lots and lots of wildflowers!
My hike to Chasm Lake in August.  Pretty amazing!

My favorite view from Trail Ridge Road.

A moody morning in Paonia.

Craft time at Grammy and Gramps' house.

Gideon's face painting from "Pickn' in the Park" in Paonia.  He IS his favorite animal!

They are such boys!

Ava and the tire swing her daddy made.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

First Week of School

We began the week with our annual first day of school outing.  This year, I drove our "school bus" into Rocky Mountain National Park to our favorite picnic spot for breakfast and pictures.  Then, we headed home to dig into the academic rigors of the girls' first and third grade subjects.  It feels good to be back in the rhythm of the school year again.  Let the learning begin!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rainy August Afternoons

We've been enjoying lots of quiet rainy siesta hours lately.  It's really quite lovely, especially when followed by a romp outside when the sun comes back.  I love Colorado weather!