Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mega Metamorphosis

We were so blessed when Gitlin Green Grocer Girl gave us our very own caterpillar so we could observe the miraculous wonder of morphing into a beautiful Monarch Butterfly.

That Hungry Little Caterpillar ate and ate and ate the day we got it. By nightfall, he was attaching some silk to the plastic wrap we were using to cover the jar. I fully intended to rig up something in the morning that he could hang from, BUT he insisted on attaching to the plastic wrap. I didn't have the courage to move the little fella.

I tried to record the event with photos, but get the picture:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

We WILL have Water

Here is our solar still tutorial through pictures in case you're ever caught in the wild with no water. Don't waste time getting this set up. It takes a good 24 hours to get a few drops to drink.

I think that is probably the hardest part about survival....realizing you need to kick into survival mode. I mean think about it. If you are preparing to survive the first hour you think you might be lost or stranded, your chances for survival are probably better. If you wait a whole 24 hours thinking you'll be rescued, you've lost a lot of valuable time and will have to wait one more day before you have water.

Anyway, I don't ever plan to be in the situation where I will need to know this, but does anyone plan to be stranded besides Man Vs. Wild or Survivorman? Okay, maybe my friend who is gearing up for a 4-6 day hike in Canada.

You will see with the following pictures, there a few things you may want to carry with you in the event you are stranded. Here you go:

Happy hydrating! I saw on Youtube a solar still about 6 feet across. That may get you some more water. We didn't get enough to drink through the straw, but the bowl and underside of the plastic was covered in condensation.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Willow Tree Art

For science last week we labeled parts of a tree, so for Art I thought it only fitting to draw some trees. I picked willow trees because we are again catering our studies around the the "Little House" books. This year we're starting with "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Well, on the banks of plum creek Laura and Mary spend some time playing in and on the Willow Trees.
So to begin, we watched a little video (that I can't seem to find the link to now) on how to do simple willow tree drawings. We did a little practice sketch and then headed outside to spy various trunk options. We each picked our own little quiet spot with sketch paper and writing utensils in tow.

After about 30 minutes, the results were in. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love love love (like Eloise loves pink), art. The only bad art I've ever seen, is art that wasn't attempted by the creator to be art in the first place. And even that can turn out amazing at times.

My daughter is completely opposite of my son and I in our approach to creating art. My first attempt is usually the one I go back to liking the most, but I always attempt to recreate, to expound on my first attempt. I end up putting out a couple of bad products, and then a finale that I have usually overdone. I've noticed my son doing this as well.

Not my daughter. She takes her time on the first piece and she would just assume be done. It is more of a task to check off the list than an artistic expression experience. By the time she tries her second and third, it turns to 3-year old scribbling.

There are few things that give me as much delight as looking at the artwork of several artists (especially young, beginner artists) that have created the same thing from their own perspective and talent. Such a reminder of the uniqueness God has created us with.

Now, I'll let you decide who drew which willow tree.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mud Pies

I'm not the only one trying to cram in everything I didn't have time to do this summer into the last few weeks of semi-warm weather. My daughter has gone swimming in our ice-cold pool everyday for the last week. She had a friend over Saturday, and they made mud pies. Oh, fall...please hold off just a little longer!