Thursday, May 11, 2017

Field Trip to the Recycling Center

A couple weeks ago Ellie and Zelda's little preschool class took a field trip to the local recycling center. It was fun! They were so excited to bring things to recycle; Ellie emptied out the whole recycling bin in our kitchen into a bag to bring with us.

When we got there we all met in a classroom, where one of the recycling center employees gave a lesson to the kids on recycling and then took us on a tour of the facility.

The kids had a lot of fun. Ellie and Zelda especially liked the machine that shredded paper. I favored the machine that crushed up glass into sparkly little bits.

(I love this girl. I can't believe how big she is - she really looks like a school-age kid.)

(And I love this chubby little baby. She is mine, and that makes me so happy.)

(And I love this tiny little wisp of a girl, whose big personality more than makes up for her diminutive size.)

At the end of the field trip, the woman who gave us our tour printed up pictures of all the kids (she took headshots of them when we got there) that we then cut out an pasted into books about recycling. As the kids flipped through the pages, they got to see themselves in a story about recycling.

Ever since the field trip, it has been a daily occurrence for one of the girls to excitedly point out the recycling symbol on some type of packaging. 

It's too bad that their preschool year ends in two weeks. They have so much fun every Thursday!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

March Miscellaneous

After this post I'll officially be caught up with March. (Now I just need to post everything we did in April, lol.) These are all the pictures that didn't fit into our other March posts.

We got this whopper of a strawberry in one of our strawberry packs in March:


Ellie with her hair in tiny, adorable pigtails her daddy put in: 

Jason washing the dishes and the baby at the same time:

And Jason and Zelda melting my heart:

Ellie and Zelda playing with the new marble set their Grandpa sent them:

I forgot to add this next picture to the Pi Day post - Ellie wanted math worksheets on "Math Day," and even went so far as to make her own. She did this by herself, showed me, and then filled in the answers.

SueSue being adorable in a shopping cart:

Playdough time!

Ellie made this guy:

These next couple pictures are from a trip to Target. For a long time with Ellie, if she sees something she wants in a store but I wont' buy it for her, she takes a picture of it and is satisfied with the picture. Zelda has started to do the same thing. 

She's got style. :D

Our backyard started producing all sorts of pretty wildflowers in March. We stopped mowing for a couple weeks so that we could keep picking them. Eventually, we mowed the lawn in the middle but left it long all around the edges as a sort of natural flower garden.

My instagram caption for this next picture on the day that I took it: "Picnic dinner after playing in the dirt. (Well, attempted. This lasted about two minutes before the girls started putting dirt in each other's macaroni. We are now eating dinner inside.)"

I found this pretty little lizard while waiting for Ellie and Zelda to be finished with their preschool class they go to once a week; she (the lizard) is a female brown anole. 

Here's a couple videos that I'd like to share; the first one is actually from the end of February but it's cute and I know the grandparents would like it. 


And finally, Jason took this really cool picture of the sunset, and of one cloud blocking the sun's illumination of another.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dinner at Tiffany's

These are from the beginning of April - just another Sunday dinner with the cousins. :)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Houston Zoo in March

On a day in the first week of March the girls and I took another visit to Houston Zoo. We again saw areas of the zoo that we hadn't before - we especially liked the "natural encounters" building. They had a giant catfish swimming around that was almost as big as Zelda (here Ellie is pointing it out):

They also had rock tunnels that kids could crawl into to look through hidden little windows into animal exhibits, and a see-through plastic tunnel that went all the way through the piranha tank. Ellie loved that tunnel, going through it again and again.

I liked every exhibit in that building - the tamarins, the armadillo and chipmunks, the prevost squirrels, the naked mole rat tunnels, and the aquariums. Just a really cool building!

From there we went to the reptile house, which was also really cool. Most reptile buildings have one shape and size of tank for their animals (the same size  of rectangular tank lining the walls), so I really liked how in this building the tanks were all different sizes all over the walls and how some stretched out vertically. Plus the giant tank in the center of the building (I think it was for some giant python - I can't remember) that could be seen from both sides was really cool.

A field trip group was inside the reptile house while we were there, so it was super loud and pretty crowded. I think we'll try going again another time when less people are inside.

We swung around the back of the zoo to see all the African animals. It was a lot of walking! My feet were really tired by the end.