Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Birding, Hiking, Fishing....Adventuring

Our son deemed last week birding week. So we took the week off of our normal school studies to go birding each day....except that it rained and poured most of the week. So we went one day and the rest of the week we hung around the house planning out some birding adventures for when it clears up. This last weekend brought a scouts camp out for hubbie and our son. They froze but had so much fun. It was our sons first official camp out. We are so incredibly blessed that he got to know the boys in his group better and is making friends. They cooked foil dinners and fished and had tons of fun.

This week we have the kids uncle in town visiting us, so we've been blessed to be outdoors even more. A trip to a new lake for fishing. A day trip to view another new lake....and much more fun to come the rest of the week ahead while he's in town. Some rain today but otherwise clear and beautiful and hopefully it will stay that way through the week while he is here with us.

 Birding & Hiking....
Our son and I ventured to some trails behind the Highlands Center for Natural History. We went just the two of us. It was an easy trail and we saw a ton of beautiful woodpeckers. No photos this time..those birds were too quick! But we have plans to go back very soon to try and capture a pic of them!
Highlands Center; http://highlandscenter.org/

 Off on their camp out...
Trip to Lynx Lake, Prescott AZ
Info on the lake:       http://www.arizona-leisure.com/lynx-lake.html

And off on a day trip to Williams and Flagstaff!
The beauty of the forest and trees immediately brings me back to Idaho.
We stopped at Dogtown Lake and Campground in Williams where our son went camping this last weekend. The boys wanted to show us around. The lake was beautiful. Chilly today but we'll definitely be coming back for some fishing!
Info: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/dogtown-lake-campground

 Love adventuring together.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Air Show

We ventured to the flying field for the first time this weekend. Our son really wanted to see the planes like his Grandpa flies. We took pictures of the field and our son was excited saying that when Grandpa visited we'd all have to come back here for sure!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Life is Good...Happenings

Happenings around here...

Fencing class
Homeschooling group park day
Trip to the Fair here for the 1st time
Out of town trip back to the river & visit with family
Scouts & Young Women's activity night
New toy for Dad
Horny toad in the yard
Schooling, Learning, Playing

 Our son has the red laces facing us!

Life is good.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Day Trip & Last Week

Happy Holiday weekend!  
This last week we had a pretty low key normal week. Schooling, learning, exploring, library trip, activities of ballet, fencing, young women's and scouts, and grocery shopping. Wednesday after some at home studies our son asked to go to the zoo for the remainder of our school time. Our daughter wanted to stay home so it was an impromptu mother son outing.  It was warm out but there were still plenty of animals to view. His favorite that day was the bears- the keepers had hid treats all around the enclosure and we sat for quite some time watching the black bear dive into a huge tire to pull out a carrot, climb a tree and scale up another log to scout a the hidden treats.

Our family book the last few weeks has been the first Harry Potter book. We have a board game which has questions specifically pertaining to the book (not just the movie) so we've been having family read aloud time taking turns with it each day after lunch time.

Our daughter has been spending more time this last week with her art and designing characters for her book. She's enjoying sharing her art on the deviant art site.

Our son has been exploring a new music making program and has been experimenting and making his own songs with it - its easy and free....
Link: https://soundation.com/

Then yesterday, Saturday we went to a fencing tournament in the morning and observed. Our son being so new to the sport did not enter but we watched his classmates compete. After we grabbed a quick lunch and headed on a little trip out of town to Jerome, AZ to sight see. We had never been and plan on going back. It was very historic, tons of neat old buildings, museums and fun little shops to go into. 
“America’s Most Vertical City” and “Largest Ghost Town in America”

A beautiful day for a beautiful drive....

 Old historic hotel...

Beautiful family day, wonderful week past together.