Monday, April 13, 2009

April 12

What a wonderful day this was.

It started out by my capturing Little Son and snuggling him in so that we could read Chapter 12 of George's Key. And we also read Chapter 13. At his request.

There was some kind of wild play with tricks on the trampoline about "Egyptians" and "Angry Sloth".
I don't know.There was also rasslin' with a pesky little sister.

Sandbox the name of Prehistory, of course.

And then we were off!
We were on a mission.
To hunt Frogs.
Via an hour long ride in the car...

Cars are one of my very favorite places to learn. We get to talk about all sorts of things. From Mt. Rushmore to union strikes.
Today we talked of the northern and southern hemispheres. And I got to learn about the tomato frog and others and toads. And venomous spiders and snakes. And we talked of people living sustainably, and of ice ages and the possibility of the return of dinosaurs in evolution and we discussed tools and pollution.

And we found mole hills!
And deer scat
and a dead hawk. See its talon?
And what we think is a dead muskrat (only furry remnants on that one.)
and a caterpillar!...
and frogs!!The Columbian Spotted Frog. It's a native to Utah, though it's being re-introduced, due to the degradation and destruction of natural wetlands.
Last fall we had two of these fine creatures in our home for a few weeks for a study. We learned they are particularly fond of our ants.
We released our little friend, and will go back again in a couple of weeks to see if we can find eggs. Today they were calling, and the only time this species calls is during mating season. So soon hopefully we'll see eggs!

We also found today what Daddy says is probably a dead horse, but what Trev insists is a prehistoric mammal. Madd voted for a dinosaur. (Skeletons mostly look like dinosaurs, don't they?)(this is the muddy underside of its skull, the other side was bleached white.)Madd collected the other hipbone for her rock collection.
lol. (she didna bring it home.)
And there was skipping stones.
And admiring moss.
And loving.
Off t0 Grandma and Grandpa's, then.
For a lovely visit.
And an egg hunt
And pouring over photo albums - including fascinating pictures of when Daddy was just a babe.

And finally yet another fine treat...
a bit of private time with Grandpa, in which Grandpa reveals his Neat Stuff Box.
Not only did Grandpa share a few Neat Stuffs, he gifted Trev with a bicentennial JFK coin, and presented Trevelyn with his very own Neat Stuff Box.
I'm sure it shall today be filled with ammonites, a shark tooth, a bit of dinosaur fossil, and many other things that fit into the Neat Stuff category.

It was a lovely day--
filled with things we love to do
things we love to discover
and people we love to love.


  1. It just doesn't get any better. :)

  2. We found deer scat and moss on 'our' new property. Lovely finds.

    Love seeing the doins' of your family!

  3. What a beautiful and perfect kind of day! The bones are so cool, we hunted the book stores this weekend looking for a field guide on just bones, no luck. We found skull plates in Peterson's Mammals but that was it. Do you have a bone book that you use??

    I love the Neat Stuff box from Trev's grandpa....that's the best gift. Fauna has a box full of fossils and stones that she loves.

  4. What a delightful day! :-)

  5. Sounds like a wonderful day you all had. Lots of learning, lots of fun. Being together. The best kind of day.

  6. Your posts are always so poetic! Even when talking about dead animals! Love the idea of the neat stuff box.

  7. what a very lovely and inspirational blog you have here. i am so happy to have found you!

    p.s. hello, i'm andrea :)

  8. Wonderful read. Loved taking the day's journey with you. We also do a great deal of our learning and talking in the car. Our imaginations go wild as the scenery changes. warmest, diane

  9. Mary - moss on YOUR property! Yay! :)

    Lisa - we don't have any bones books. :) - thus the dinosaur/horse/prehistoric mammal theories! ;)

    Hi, Andrea, nice to meet you!

    Here's to beautiful days, everyone!!

  10. You know it is a fine day when you discover lots of bones AND get a neat stuff box!

  11. I figured decrepit bones would be right up your alley.

  12. That was an awesome post!

  13. oh you know me so so well!

  14. Hey Stephanie, It's nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You unschool too. I will have to add you to my blogroll. I enjoy your posts. Especially this one. We spent our easter exploring nature with grampa(my father in law) as well. What fabulous things you all found. I'll be back I'm sure.
    God Bless

  15. stephanie! i am so inspired by your immense love and approach to nature! we also had one of those caterpillars on our deck.... woolly bear caterpillar? my little one kept trying to touch it and i was slightly scared in case it stung??? ummm... should had let her experience that.... sometimes we tend to put our own fears into our kids :(... my goal is to be more open and relaxed! Looks like you all had so much fun!


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