Family of N

Mama Bird

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on March 21, 2010

On Friday I shared a picture of a Mama bird we saw guarding her nest as we walked around a park by our home. Did any of you guess who she was? She’s a killdeer!

Hope you had fun playing along — our family sure had fun learning a new bird!

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Birdwatching

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on March 19, 2010

Today I went with the Professor and Savannah to a local park to celebrate the good weather, and after spending a requisite ten minutes letting Savannah explore the playground, we set off away from the crowds to try out the trails. This park has some very nice wooded trails, but even before we quite got to the wooded area, we encountered our most exciting find:

Can you tell why we were so excited to see her? She was reluctant to leave her “spot” and was jerking around nervously — because among those grey rocks she has found a lovely hiding place for her eggs. When we got home we looked her up in a field guide, we learned that her species often lead predators away from their nests, pretending to have a broken wing. I think she was preparing to do just that while we were watching her.

I’ll give you a couple days to figure out what species she was before I post her name. Can you guess? We live in the Midatalantic region.

Music Appreciation Monday: Sweet By and By

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on March 15, 2010

I just finished By the Shores of Silver Lake last week, and I’m starting The Long Winter this week, so I have the Ingalls family on my mind. Here is an exciting YouTube find — “The Sweet By and By” played on the very same fiddle Pa held all those years ago:

Lyrics here.

Hilarious Outtakes

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on March 1, 2010

Sorry Savannah. I can’t help that this is one of my favorite pictures of you.

Or that the I Heart Faces challenge this week is Hilarious Outtakes.

Oh, dear. Or that we’re allowed 5 pictures this week.

How about I stop at three and send everyone over to I Heart Faces for more funny faces?

Books Read January – February

Posted in Education, Just for Fun by Laura on March 1, 2010

On the Banks of Plum Creek
Honey for a Child’s Heart (just the first half, which reads like a book — the rest is for reference)
A Bear Called Paddington
Farmer Boy
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
The Courage of Sarah Noble

I was surprised to find that I much preferred “Hemlock Mountain” to Dalgliesh’s more popular, award-winning “Sarah Noble.” The latter did have a lovely story, but it seemed to flit from scene to scene too quickly and without much description, so that by the end of it I felt like I had missed most of the story, as if I had read only one sentence from every paragraph. In “Hemlock Mountain,” Dalgliesh only sets out to describe one or two days’ happenings, and as a result this story is a much more satisfying read.

Farmer Boy was a fun one for me… at first I didn’t think I liked it as much as the other Little House books I’d read, but now I would almost say it’s my favorite. I still chuckle about how hungry that book made me, though. I think there is one chapter in the entire book that lacks some description of Almonzo eating — and most of them rather dwell on his gnawing hunger and describe every succulent dish set before him.