Bird observatory, with guest photographers

After the bird feeders went up, the kids built a bird observatory in the living room, they put a quilt over 2 chairs and took the cushions from the couch and put them in front so there was just a 12 inch gap to view through, perfect for the kids (it hurt my neck though!).  They put the camera, the bird guide book and a spotting scope in there:)

These are pictures they took . . .

their point of view . . .

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a female cardinal

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bird in flight

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another view

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inside the observatory

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they eventually got bored and i got my couch back, but did have to host some prayer meetings in another room for a couple weeks;)

Family Fun Day

It’s embarrassing how far behind I am again . . .  this was back in April.

Ezra & Tobin both competed in a small free throw shooting contest for charity.  They both came in 2nd place and got trophies and a bunch of other give-away prizes. \

Tobin looks pretty good (he made that shot).

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Ezra’s age group had to use the full height net but adjusted well

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And, this is the picture I get because Tobin wouldn’t cooperate

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And, they all made bird feeders at Home Depot, fun stuff:)

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State Park visiting

Sadly, this is from spring break 7 weeks ago.  We had planned an overnight trip not far to tackle 4 state parks but plan A didn’t work, and then plan B & C also didn’t work so we ended up staying home and hitting 3 close by ones.

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We got to do some bird watching

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And, a snake-I’m pretty much horribly scared of snakes, it’s hard for me to even look at this picture right now.  Kelly had the camera at this point and I didn’t even see it.

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Stopped in town for a malt

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And, then on to another state park, where we decided to start doing “Letter-boxing”, it’s sort of like a geo-chaching with clues, there are “boxes” hidden all over the country, and lots by us to choose from.

Reading the clues . . .

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Searching . . .

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Digging . . . (nope, wrong spot)

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Found it!

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We stamped their stamp in our journal and stamp our stamp in their journal

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What am I watching?

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It’s actually not over the water, but it makes for a dynamic picture doesn’t it . . .

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Tobin & Ezra playing or fighting?

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Tobin mad about something?

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Tobin trying not to laugh or smile at my attempt to cheer him up

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Counting the rings to see how old the tree was, I can’t remember but old

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We were super excited & surprised to see our first butterfly of the season!  A Mourning Cloak.

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And, seriously, another snake!  This one I spotted first.

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Just playing

Had some friends over last week, it’s fun to see how they haven’t seen each other since last summer and can just start playing . . .

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especially Marian & Jane, the really have only seen each other 10-20 times ever but have bonded over VBS weeks & MOPS park days:)130403_JanePatrickMatthewPlay_023

And, seriously, can you believe this kids eye lashes!

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