Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Adventure Thursday: Veteran's Memorial Park



Today's adventure took us to the park.  It was a low key adventure kind of day so we skipped the planned hike to Cecret Lake and headed for Salt Lake's largest play structure...


While the kids ran off to explore, Becca and I got to work on crafts. I made this cute little kitten while Becca crocheted a hat, ripped it out, and then knitted a scarf :)


 These guys enjoyed an afternoon of "Blanket Adventures"...last week it was the backseat...I wonder what next week will hold?


Then Becca and I went to check out the play structure and find our children...




Look like antelopes children...





I can't control her, she has to start that pole dancing everywhere we go...


Pondering the great adventure...



 And the blanket adventure continues...

Teaching Becca to needle felt...




Then! Our friends over at Ordinary Life Magic stopped by!  So great to see them :)

A rousing game of "puppies" was played...

I really need to talk to Willow about wrestling Eli to the ground like that...

woof...


 Still enjoying their blanket adventure..


cute kitty and guinea pig!

He turned out really cute :)
 And... the blanket overtook them...



This is Becca, she is hopelessly addicted to Doritos...But I still love her :)

Till next week...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yesterday and Today


We have had a couple of really busy days! After Willow and I finished the mosaic acorn (see previous post) We headed outside to hang with the chickens. It is meditative to sit and watch them scratch and peck.  That is, until they start pecking you!


 The ladies have been laying like crazy!  We are getting anywhere from 6-8 eggs a day now.  Including, every now and then, a giant egg that wont fit in the carton :) They always have double yolks.

 

 On Monday's homeschooling kid swap with Hiking Without Happy Meals, Willow found this little friend and brought it home to identify it.  Turns out it is an Assassin bug.  They have a painful bite that can cause swelling and in some cases Chaga's Disease (for which there is no treatment and can cause a lifetime of heart and digestive disorders) So...we got rid of it quickly.  My dear friend Becca over at Journey Amongst the Living, was bitten last spring in Joshua Tree and her lip swelled up and she had to have blood testing for chagas! They are also known as kissing bugs because they like to bite around the lips.  They are also very aggressive and aren't afraid of attacking creatures much bigger than they are :)

Look closely at the grass :)


 After letting the creature free, Willow and I continued our study on time.  She has been fascinated with clocks, calendars and timers for a while and so we built this Greek Water Clock...
 All I can say is that my kitchen floor is nice and clean now and that I am glad we don't use this kind of clock to tell time any more! What a mess :) But tons of fun.  Willow was laughing so hard!



 Then we made paper...well, molded paper. 








 They are drying so in a couple of days we will have molded paper leaves to hang up :)

 Last night we went to the library to see the Yo Yo man. Very impressive! I had no idea there were so many yo yo tricks.


 He knocked a quarter off this kid's ear with a swinging yo yo :)
 And a quarter off his with 2 swinging yo yo's!

 He also did juggling and paddle ball in one hand while swinging his yo yo in the other.  Really funny guy :)

Today is also kid swap with Hiking Without Happy Meals.  The girls and I have been busy!  We made these cute little pumpkins....






 It's really starting to look like Fall around here...

 Then our next project.  We made plaster wall hangings from things we love in nature...not sure if they are going to turn out but the girls had a blast working on them.



Of course we can't work outside without the ladies coming to check us out...





Willow's before the plaster ...

Beach's before the plaster...

  It looked like some of the stuff moved around when we poured the plaster but I think for the most part they will be cool :)


Once they had hardened a bit, I stick in a wire for hanging.


 Then we had to spray down the deck from the spilled plaster and of course that meant water fun on the trampoline :)


Life is sweet...

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!