Back in June we took a family vacation. One of our stops was the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. If you’ve never been, you should go! And take the kidlets — it’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon!
The moment you walk into the greenhouse, you’ll see butterflies. Everywhere.
It’s probably one of the most beautiful greenhouse gardens I’ve ever seen. And hands down the best butterfly conservatory we’ve seen (and we’ve been to 3 or 4).
There are turtles, quails and other birds, and live bugs (like cockroaches and giant African land snails) to see.
Be prepared to make a few “friends” as you walk through. With over 1000 butterflies, some are bound to land on you which is so much fun! Unless of course, you’re the 2 year old who turns out to be completely terrified of butterflies. Yeesh… Yeah, here he’s holding on tight because he’s afraid one might touch him.
There’s also a station where you can compare different types of chrysalis and caterpillars. That’s where we saw this little smarty-pants drying his wings on his own name card.
Overall, this is definitely a great place to visit!
Some people love the idea of year-round schooling and others think it’s crazy not to take a summer break. We take breaks as we need them throughout the year and continue home schooling right through the summer. I find that it’s just easier for us to do that. This way there’s less of the chaos and crazy of unscheduled days. For us it works.
Anyway, we’ve been continuing with a number of subjects, including the occasional science experiment. For this one, we talked about chemical reactions and practiced documenting our observations with drawings and note taking.
Back in June Noah turned six.
We celebrated with a fuzzy green lemon slime monster cake. And presents. Of course. Anna created this hand sewn felt Sheriff’s badge to gift. She thought it up and I helped her figure out what to do to make it happen. She did it almost entirely on her own! So happy to see her using her sewing skills!
During our first real heat wave of the summer I introduced the kidlets to “Retro Water Blasters.” You may also know them as empty dish detergent bottles.
They had a “blast” and keep asking when they can use the “antique water guns” again. 🙂
We’ve been all over the place since the weather started to get bright and sunny back in May. Over the next couple of posts, I’ll let you in on all the fun happenings.We made it out to the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Agriculture and Food Museum here in Ottawa back in May. Finally. I’ve been meaning to take the kidlets every year for the past 3 years or so. Shameful, I know. I always seem to make big plans and have so much trouble with the follow-through… *sigh*
It was a lot of fun though.
Besides the big hair cuts for the sheep, we also got to take in some sheep dog demonstrations, try our hand at using a loom to weave the wool, and take our first peek at the new exhibit “A Piece of Cake!” that takes you from farm to table. And we got to do it all with my sister and her gang of boys! Lots of fun!
Step One: Take a “short” break.
Step Two: Do busy life things.
Step Three: Don’t look at the blog again for 2 months.
On the plus side, I’m back (obviously) and my Mother’s Day hibiscus from the kidlets just started blooming this week. Isn’t it pretty?