Cartwheels, Japanese Mail, and Confidence: Our Week in Pictures

Recently, I have embraced using my phone to capture the moments of our lives. I’m going to try something new  – sharing it with you at the end of each week. (If you’re interested in the stories behind the pictures, scroll on down.)

While the kids were in a class, I got to have a few hours to myself strolling the zoo and discovered something that I have overlooked every time. It was fun strolling through the tall grasses – and it struck me how much my children would not enjoy this little peaceful interlude – which is probably why I normally walk on by without even noticing.

My son taught me that the giraffes follow the palm trees and rest in the shade. Do you see how all but one has arranged themselves squarely in the shade of tree? It sure does space them out nicely for pictures! And, if you look really hard, you’ll notice 4 more giraffes in the background – it was really a lovely photo-op – a close second to my favorite giraffe picture.

My beautiful daughter submitted to having her photo taken with only a minimal amount of resistance – just for me….cause she loves me. :-) You know, she is a teenager now, so I guess they magically decide that they don’t like the camera anymore.

Rex really loves everything about bamboo, so I couldn’t resist this fun picture. I think if he gets his hands on some, one day I am going to find a bamboo forest on the side of our house. I thought about creating one there for him at one time – until I found out how hard it is to get rid of!

After taking this photo from several {dozen} different angles and then having the my initial inspiration turn out the best, I gained confidence to trust my creative juices and took this next photo in one shot. {It’s not in the collage above.}

The only edit done to this is the addition of the text. I’m glad that I didn’t second guess myself and spend too much time on this one.

We had a lively dinner discussion one night about radioactive materials, Chernobyl, and how microwaves work. All inspired because we eat over a world map on our dinner table. Now we have books on hold from the library to learn more.

When unloading the dishwasher one day, my daughter realized that the ice scream scoop was misaligned. I set it aside to “wait for Daddy,” and she asked me if she could fix it. I told her sure. She got it apart, and spent about 15 {ore more} minutes trying to repair it.  She understood what needed to be done, but just couldn’t get it quite there. Then I tried for another 30 minutes or so…. Turned out that the metal was bent – once that was fixed, it works perfectly again.

I love the positions that the gorillas get into. Don’t you just love how she is kicked back without a care in the world? And, those gorilla feet! Who couldn’t like gorilla feet?

I was really digging this one bench and practicing taking self photos. I got a lot of pictures of the ground – and one that was really scary close – but, I think this one turned out ok. Sometimes, it can be fun to visit somewhere by yourself that is usually considered a shared activity {but only sometimes… I wouldn’t want to do it too often}

Monkey has been teaching herself Japanese because she hopes to study art in Japan one day. I surprised her by ordering her the course and university information – and she was thrilled – especially once she realized that, with the exception of the front page, it was all in Japanese!

We almost stepped on this guy as we left the zoo. I was afraid he was dead at first, but he kind of moved a little bit. I would say that he walked, but during my son’s Animal Devotions, we learned that dragonflies don’t walk {they only land}, so either it flew/hopped or this wasn’t a dragonfly. Rex’s theory was that it was drying out, but Monkey thought that it was dying. Funny how much of a difference one little ole letter makes… {I’m hoping Rex was right, so that I wasn’t taking photos of a dying insect.}

Rex asked me to teach him how to do a cartwheel this week, and it took him only a few tries before he was able to get over and land on his feet. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that I could easily do one myself – although we won’t discuss how sore I was the next day! We had a great time, and he feels great knowing that he can do cartwheels like the other boys now. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of a moving boy with a camera phone?

I’m busy reading Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School which, even given the title, is really directed more towards schooled kids, but I am still learning a lot and gaining so many new ideas. This page spoke to me so much that I had to take a picture so that I remembered to share it with hubby when I got back home.

I hope you enjoyed walking through this week of our adventures. What did you do this week? I’d love to hear about your adventures in the comments!


4 Thoughts on “Cartwheels, Japanese Mail, and Confidence: Our Week in Pictures

  1. Vanessa on September 8, 2012 at 5:26 am said:

    I really enjoyed your mix. I clicked back to the post ‘wants to study art’ which led me to the How Great Thou Art website … what a find! Monkey’s drawings are incredible … she has real talent. Good on you for providing just what she needs to develop it. :)

    • Thanks, Vanessa! Yes, I highly recommend anything at How Great Thou Art – the materials are top notch!

  2. Love your photos! I’ve been using my phone to catch moments of our life too! (Sometimes I actually make a call on it…)

    Love the idea of a map on the kitchen table! Did you laminate it?

    • Thanks, Sara! Isn’t it amazing how much of a story your phone can tell about your family?!?

      For the map, we purchased one at Staples that was already laminated – I think it was about $10 (I really wanted the antique looking one, but it didn’t come laminated and would have been expensive to do so…) At first we used it just like that, but I was afraid spilled liquid would get under it, so I covered it with clear vinyl – like you can buy from a fabric store to cover chairs – and used command strips to hold the map in place before covering it.

      I highly recommend a map on the table – you wouldn’t believe how much our geography skills have improved – and, the kids are fascinated by it :-)

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