|Graham caught an anole with his hat while we did our school work on the patio this afternoon.|
After sixteen wonderful days, we had to face the inevitable departure of my sweet parents early this morning.
I think that I may have cried about three or four times throughout the day.
I miss them already, and they're only half-way back to Pennsylvania.
Despite our sadness over saying good-bye to Grandma and Pap, the children and I had a marvelous, lazy school day. Our spring break lasted longer than normal, since we don't like to spend the grandparents' visit on a rigid daily schedule.
(We have all year to do that!)
So, we'll be easing slowly back into a routine and taking advantage of the splendor of early spring in these parts.
After a late breakfast, we started our day with Bible reading, followed by a little history lesson on a famous home scholar from the past, as well as some good music:
(Takin' it back to the "old school")
Graham and Gabriela have been studying one of my favorite topics in science:
It's been a long time since we've gone out to the patio with binoculars, field guides, and nature journals, so today seemed like a perfect opportunity.
All we ended up seeing, though, were a few black vultures.
The dogs enjoyed our time outside.
|Gabriela teased Penelope with her pen.|
|Caelyn came out briefly to shake her bathroom rug.|
|Rhodes loves a reason to bask lazily in the sun.|
|Penelope, whom we affectionately call "Menina", occupied part of her time by taunting a beetle.|
|I was wishing that we had brought our weather field guide out with us. I wasn't able to tell the children, off-hand, which kind of clouds these are.|
|Between the freeze a year ago, and last summer's drought, we're losing many trees.|
|I called to check on my parents' progress on the road.|
|Rhodes was "reppin'" our home team.|
|After we finished our school work, Graham and I did some online research of how best to rid our yard of a long-time nemesis. Incidentally, we learned yet another reason not to eat Splenda.|
|The Resident Exterminator|
(He kept asking to blow up the ant mounds, but that idea didn't sit well with me.)
|Spring means more grilling, so Craig Grayson did a thorough cleaning of our grill this afternoon.|