Why the Tree of Life?



E and K, and at the last minute, Grandad and Great-Grandad, went to see the Intel Building implosion early Sunday morning. D and I were planning on going, but he was sick during the night, so we ended up sleeping in. They were able to park in my brother's parking garage since he works very close to the old Intel building. K assured us he was not afraid of loud noises anymore. He is four after all, he said. He was only afraid of loud noises when he was only three or nine or something. So, they were out there waiting before the sun came up. K was most impressed with the sight. After it came crashing down, they hightailed it out of there to get ahead of the huge dust cloud, and then went and had a big breakfast at the Bakehouse.


Wimberley Glassworks

We went to Wimberley Glassworks with Monday Friends today. It was the farthest field trip we have ever taken, and really too far for anything else less cool. Wimberley is about 45 minutes away from where we live. We watched them make several colored vases. They were all really very beautiful. The gallery has gorgeous work as well. My sister Bettye called as we were literally walking out the door to head down there, wondering what we were up to today. When she heard where we were headed (she's a glassblower), she got over to our house as quickly as she could. :) We made it just in time for the first demonstration. When we left, both boys bought a small, blue glass moon as a keepsake.


Valentine's Day Party

Austin Area Homeschoolers traditionally has a big Valentine's Day Party every year. It always happens during naptime and is a sea of homeschoolers we haven't met yet (and won't see again until the Not Back To School Swim Party in August) and filled with things K can't eat. This year our Monday Friends group decided that we would have our own little Valentine's Day party since we all wanted to opt out of the bigger AAH event this year for various reasons. Everyone decorated mailboxes and made valentines and brought something good to eat. Christine was very generous in having us all over at her house in Buda. K and D both had a great time! D, as usual, got wet somehow at Christine's house. This time, instead of her fountain, it was the water cooler in her kitchen. Perfect height. I was busy visiting before I realized that he had been climbing up onto the chair to get to the cups on the table, taking one and filling it, taking random sips, dumping it out, filling it up again, and then putting the newly-filled cup back on the table so that he could go and get a new cup to start all over again. This is, of course, pieced together from the evidence.

After snacking and visiting and playing, all the kids laid out their mailboxes and then distributed their valentines. K was very excited about the whole process, and I had a hard time persuading him that he could put his mailbox down in a safe place until we were ready to go. He's had a great time going through all the valentines and remembering who they were each from during the drive home and all this afternoon. We also got home to find that Grammy and Gramps had also sent valentines in the mail and had fun putting the fire truck together that came in the card.

Tissue Paper Flowers



There is a new homeschool activity group in town for ages 9 and under, and their inaugural event was a huge bubblefest at Northwest Park this past Tuesday. There was every imaginable bubble-making wand, machine, and contraption present, and enough bubble juice to wash the playscape. Needless to say, the boys had a great time, and they came home smelling nice and lemony. I didn't think of the camera until after the kids had all really moved on to swinging and sliding, but K and D were still interested in the bubble machine. I'm not sure how we avoided someone getting soap in their eyes. Notice the rubbing?

Texas Memorial Museum

We went to see the dinosaurs at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus with Monday Friends this week. All the fossils have been found in Texas. D's favorite was the Pterodactyl hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall. The Great Hall has lots of different cases with gems and butterflies among other things, and most of the dinosaurs are actually downstairs. The third and fourth floors have native animals, all nice and stuffed. K especially liked the mountain lion dramatically defending its fresh-killed deer from three or four coyotes and a raven.