Friday, September 30, 2011

My Budding Natural Scientists

If it seems like we go to the zoo and natural science museum a lot, we do. They are right next to each other and we have memberships to both. Ever since the weather has been in the 90's instead of the 100's we've been going. 

Lesson on Captivity

Amongst the piranhas

Eaden has recently become interested in dinosaurs!

The next picture I have to explain. We were in the Energy Hall part of the museum and my sister, Abigail, Eaden, and I walked into this chamber thingy. Well the doors closed and Naia was left outside! There was no exit button and some man just kept talking over the speaker about I don't know what because I wasn't listening. The thing started to shake. Maybe we were going down some sort of shaft. I wouldn't know because all I could think about was Naia alone in the museum! After a few minutes of it not being over, Jamie (my sis) pried the doors open (there was a sign saying specifically not do do this). Naia was standing there just waiting, lol.

Running through the gem and mineral hall. Pitch dark and I didn't know how to take pics.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daily Snippets

Laying in bed with Naia. I give her a hug and tell her I love her. "You smell nasty. You need to take a bath."

Eaden: "I'm going to use my magic powers and turn you into a pig."
Naia: "No! No! (thinking it's really going to happen) I want to be a horse."

Me: "Is taven in the room with y'all?"
Eaden: "Yeah but we put him in the closet. He's being good in there."

Scene: We all watch Naia pee on the floor for a good 30 seconds.
Me: "Naia! Uggh! You're sick! (yes, I know this was not nice of me to say)
Naia: "No, I don't want to be sick!"
Eaden: "You're not sick Naia. Your bottom is sick."
Naia: "No, I don't want to be sick!"
Eaden: "No, your BOTTOM is sick! It's always sleeping."

This morning I thought I heard Eaden say "I want my clothes off."
Me: "No! We're not taking our clothes off today!"
Eaden: No! I want my clothes ON!"
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Eaden was mad at Naia.
Eaden: "I'm going to barbeque you Naia!
Me: "What does that mean Eaden?"
Eaden: "I don't know."

Me: "Naia put some clothes on. We're going outside to do a craft."
Naia: "What crap?"

Eaden talking to Naia in her demanding tone: "Get the love potion! Get it love potion girl!"

Eaden: "Close the portal Naia" (the window drapes).

Me: "Y'all need to find the ball to the jacks."
Naia: "Maybe it's in outer space."
Eaden: "Yeah, the aliens ate it."

Eaden: "We have to get off of this planet before we get cooked!"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Home and Nature

We love our home, we do. The only thing I wish for is a large outdoor space nearby. We have nothing like that. I would love to live on a huge piece of land with the nearest house being close enough to walk to but not right over a fence outside my back window.

By my posts and the amount of nature walks we go on, you might think Houston looks okay. However, we go to the same few places (which we LOVE and are VERY thankful for) over and over (which is fine) and they all require a drive. Sometimes I feel guilty about all of the driving, but I feel it is necessary. To allow my kids (and myself) that connection with nature is so important to me. I do drive a lot less than when I was working, but it is still too much. To have a place that is within walking distance with endless nooks and crannies to explore would be ideal. But I live in a massive city. By land area, I'm pretty sure it is much larger than places like New York, Chicago, and L.A. It is sprawling concrete at its finest. But what can I do? Drive places.

A lot of y'all have commented on how much we get out, go on nature walks, etc. It may seem like we're forever busy. To be honest though, I kind of do it for me. It allows me that peace I need. I'm addicted to going places where no concrete is visible. I kind of just drag the kids along, lol. (No they really love it). Anyhow, that's enough rambling. Here's what we did this weekend.

On Friday we made a potato trap (which only had one ant in it when we checked today).
 We did some crafting.
 I did some baking. I actually made pumpkin bread and muffins and an apple tart. I'll spare y'all the picture of the apple tart (although it did taste good).
 On Saturday we went to the Mercer Park and Arboretum Fall Festival and Garden Faire. We hung out at the Faire and Park for a bit and then headed over to the Arboretum.
LOVE the high school kids on the train!

Eaden LOVES these creatures, so finely made in China, that we purchased at the Arboretum
My mom treated Eaden and I to Lion King 3D Saturday night and invited us to tag along at the Houston Arboretum Sunday morning with the cousins.

Click on this to make it bigger and see if you can find the snake

And I made it back in time for the football game. Although we lost, I had a good time drinking my Harvest Pumpkin Ale.
Heavily edited to remove wrinkles

Friday, September 23, 2011

Meet The Autumn's - A Butterfly Family

Meet The Autumn's!
Proud Papa, Apple Autumn
Creative and Nurturing Mama, Windy Autumn
Big Sis, Crookneck Autumn
Big Brother, Pumpkin Autumn
The baby, Harvest Autumn
And the girls made them a couple of trees to flutter around in.
Autumn is here! Thankful for my days spent slowly and thoughtfully with the greatest little joys of my life!

 Linking up with Ordinary Life Magic for Saturday's Artist.