Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Illin' & Chillin'


These pictures are from the last week or so, when we were home bound taking turns being sick with a nasty stomach virus (no worries -- no pictures of that, just some of the things going on *besides* that).









Riley started the seeds for a carnivorous plant terrarium that he had gotten for Christmas.



Matt showed Riley how to make calzones



Maya making some valentines


Ri & Maya building marble runs


Relaxing with some Scooby Doo



Searching








Monday, February 9, 2009

What We Watched This Morning

These are views from various windows in our house of a crane taking a tree out behind our neighbor's house.



Here's the first person being lowered onto the tree. That has to be scary!!!


The tree top dangling over our street


A second person being lowered onto the remaining tree.


Seth wanted the window open so he could hear what all was being said.





Maya's New Trick


Friday, February 6, 2009

Riley



On Friday night Riley was in Lexington (about an hour or so from here) at a sleepover with friends who used to live nearby. He called me on his cell phone from a skating rink just to say "hi" and to tell me about some fun stuff they had been doing. I thought that was pretty cool.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Parks programs, fun in the snow, and a new pet

We went to two separate programs with Hamilton County Parks (Cincinnati) this past weekend. Both were completely free. These first pictures are from Saturday at the visitor center at Miami Whitewater Forest. Besides their regular displays that are always there (but were new to us), they had additional activities, crafts, and information about beavers.

















The playground outside the Visitor's Center.



On Sunday we went to a great program at Winton Woods about herpetology, which Riley is especially interested in. The snow apparently kept a lot of people home -- we were the only ones there besides one other Mom and a boy about Riley's age. The park naturalist who did the program was *awesome* -- friendly and engaging and had pulled together so many resources and ideas. We all learned a lot and had a great time and were so glad we trekked out again to go to this.




Back at home, enjoying the rare treat of sledding on the leftover snow on a comfortably warmish (40-something) day.

And, finally, our newest addition to the family: Fang, the Chilean Rose Hair tarantula. Oh, man she gives me the creeps.