A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Easter Activities


Brianna tagged along to the girls' egg hunt at school. 


We went last year, too, so this time around we knew what to expect. 


Katie is ready to dash onto the field. 


And in just a few minutes, the field was picked clean. 


Katie got more eggs than Hannah. 


Even though Bri went on the field with Hannah as her helper. 


But that's okay. 


The kids turn in their empty plastic eggs...


And receive the same number of tickets, to be spent at the tables of loot. 


Hannah and Katie each came home with a new backpack, some candy, and other trinkets. 


And Miss Katie painted a fake egg. 


Meanwhile, back at home, Josiah made bird nest cupcakes. 


Later Brianna helped by filling 35 eggs for each of this year's hunters at our house. 


We dyed eggs together. 


Side note... anyone know why the majority of my eggs cracked in the instant pot?  About half of them developed anything from small cracks to major explosions. 


I ended up making 2 batches so we'd have enough intact ones to color. 


This was one of Eli's.


Unfortunately, most of the kids don't even like hard boiled eggs.  Which is a bummer, because they're a great lunch box food. 


I was going to add our home egg hunt pictures, but I think this post is long enough.  More next time! 


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Pearl Harbor - The Arizona Memorial


Pearl Harbor was a moving experience.  More so than I expected. 


Tour companies will try to sell you tickets to the Arizona Memorial, but if you simply show up there in the morning, the tickets are actually free--they just run out every day.  We got free tickets for the 10 o'clock showing.  First, you go into a theater and watch a brief movie, then you board the shuttle boat to the Arizona. 


The view from the windows of the memorial.  


Personnel who were assigned to the Arizona at the time of the attack, who were not on board when she went down, can be buried with the ship when they die. 


In fact, we saw a dive team preparing to go down while we were there. 


The back wall is names of those who died aboard the ship.


The smaller lists at the sides of the monument list additional crew members who have since been buried there. 


Because the monument is built directly over the ship, you can look straight down onto it.  We could see tropical fish swimming, but they don't show up in the picture because of the glare. 


Even all these decades later, there is still oil leaking from the ship.  You can watch it on the water, and the lapping waves carry it away. 


One of the massive anchors of the ship, which was recovered after it sank. 


This was a somber field trip, but I'm so glad I went.  As the mother of service members, I was touched deeply. 

Fortunately, there is more to see at Pearl Harbor, and I will share pictures from the Bowfin and the Museum soon. 


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Waikiki Aquarium


You know what I like about Hawaii?  It's warm.  We slept with the windows open and the breeze blowing.


Next morning, Josiah and I wandered around a bit before meeting Annaliese at her work for lunch. We stayed in Waikiki, which is very touristy, but is also very convenient.  You walk across the street to go to the beach.  You wander down the road for food.  There are ABC Stores *everywhere*, in case you have the munchies, or you forgot something. 


My beautiful girl!  It had been over a year since we'd seen her.  It was good to catch up a bit. Her manager gushed about what a great employee she is. 


After lunch, we went to Waikiki Aquarium.


Compared to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Waikiki Aquarium is small.


But it has some lovely tropical fish and other interesting exhibits.


I enjoyed wandering around with my grown kids.  It's a different vibe than doing the aquarium with younger children.


Jellyfish are fascinating.


I liked that it wasn't crowded, and we could linger or zip by as interest dictated. 


The seahorses were adorable, and Annaliese brought up a good point.  Who decided that the male seahorses were male?  I mean, ordinarily if you see a creature giving birth, you assume it's female, right? 


Part of the exhibits are outdoors.  The sunshine was wonderful. 


I did try to take pictures of the fish in this large, open tank, but the reflections on the water made the fish impossible to see. 


I remember joking about how we took Katie to the zoo, and we're standing in front of the zebras when Katie says, "MOM!  Look!  A squirrel!"  I kind of did the same thing here.  We were supposed to be looking at the giant clams, but what caught my eye...


...were the two little lizards on the stone wall. 


Our photo souvenir.  They take your picture against a green screen when you enter the aquarium, and it's ready when you leave. 


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Top o' the mornin' to ya!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I miss the art projects we did last year.  The girls' school didn't do anything for St. Pat's, which surprised me a little, but since it's on a Saturday this year, I have them home with me! 


I found this little leprechaun in our front yard and decided to take some pictures. 


I love my peeps.  And they tolerate me.  Even when I torture them by making them stand and smile and *gasp* hold hands. 


They're pretty good sports.  I miss them.  I'm looking forward to having them home for spring break soon.  And summer!  I'm going to appreciate the heck out of summer this year. 


Because before you know it, they'll be off again. 


I'm so glad I get to capture these fleeting moments.


It's fun to have green noodles and green ice cream and grapes and Snapeas and, of course, corned beef. 


But I wish I could slow down time, just a little bit, to savor these moments before they're gone. 


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