The Drone

We were lucky enough to have a beekeeping event hosted in our hometown.  I took the boys and the highlight of the event for us was certainly drone petting.  The beekeepers gave each (willing) child a drone to hold and pet.  The drones were very gentle!

I loved that Ender was willing to hold a drone and he loved feeling it crawl all over his arm.  I felt that Atlas was still a little too young to hold the drone, as I was worried that he would crush it.  But he certainly enjoyed watching it crawl on big brother!

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Vacation

We went on vacation to New Orleans in April.  Jasha had a work conference there, so the boys and I accompanied to take advantage of the opportunity to see a new place.

Most of the pictures I took are on my “real” camera, and of course won’t be downloaded for several months.  Here are a few  pics from my cell phone!

Shopping at the New Orleans Children's Museum Winn Dixie store
Shopping at the New Orleans Children’s Museum Winn Dixie store
Atlas loved this chicken coop at the New Orleans Children's Museum!  He loved the stuffed chickens and the toy eggs.
Atlas loved this chicken coop at the New Orleans Children’s Museum! He loved the stuffed chickens and the toy eggs.
Atlas ready for another sunny day!
Atlas ready for another sunny day!
Unfortunately, it was rainy and cloudy most days.  This was the fountain outside of our hotel that we played at several times.
Unfortunately, it was rainy and cloudy most days. This was the fountain outside of our hotel that we played at several times.
Taking a ride on the streetcar.
Taking a ride on the streetcar.
Enjoying the pool.  We didn't actually get to go swimming due to the weather, but we did splash in the water a bit.
Enjoying the pool. We didn’t actually get to go swimming due to the weather, but we did splash in the water a bit.
Speaking of weather...
Speaking of weather…
This is at the butterfly garden at the Audobon Insectarium.  We enjoyed all the Audobon attractions in the area (aquarium, zoo, and IMAX theater).
This is at the butterfly garden at the Audubon Insectarium. We enjoyed all the Audubon attractions in the area (aquarium, zoo, and IMAX theater).
Atlas showing off his new hoodie.  Ender got one from the aquarium that looks the same except it's navy blue and has a shark on it.
Atlas showing off his new hoodie. Ender got one from the aquarium that looks the same except it’s navy blue and has a shark on it.
Ender and his "wokotakies".  He pointed out this painting every time we entered the hotel lobby.  In, fact, the wokotakies have actually followed us home and live outside our house now (sometimes he lets them inside as well).
Ender and his “wokotakies”. He pointed out this painting every time we entered the hotel lobby. In, fact, the wokotakies have actually followed us home and live outside our house now (sometimes he lets them inside as well).

A Little Make Believe

We’re kind of weird about the TV in our household.  I really don’t like the kids watching a ton of TV, and probably five days out of the week they don’t watch any TV.  We do, however, read a ton of books.

I thought it was funny this spring when Ender spent an entire afternoon pretending to be the bat from the book, Stellaluna.

Here’s a picture of him hanging upside down by his feet, just like Stellaluna learns to at the end of the book.

LOVE IT!

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Another Winter Afternoon – Natural History Museum

Ender has been really interested in skeletons lately.  I don’t even remember how we started talking about skeletons, but he is constantly asking to see pictures of skeletons on my phone.  A few Ender quotes:

“Can I see a fish skeleton?”

“I want to see my skeleton!”

“Mommy, my skeleton is inside my body!”

So, when my parents wanted to get together this past weekend, I thought Ender would really enjoy a trip to the natural history museum about an hour from our house.

The trip went well.  We had Japanese for lunch and Atlas tried sushi (Ender refused all food).

Ender was pretty sick still at this point and he ended up falling asleep at the museum and getting carried around.  But overall, I’d say the trip was a success and I’d do it again.

This is how I feel about them - the whole world is theirs if they want it!
This is how I feel about them – the whole world is theirs if they want it!
We were looking at some rib bones and he was showing us his ribs.
We were looking at some rib bones and he was showing us his ribs.
Great picture of Atlas and Daddy!
Great picture of Atlas and Daddy!
He wanted to crawl right in there.
He wanted to crawl right in there.
Atlas was tracking Darwin's journeys.
Atlas was tracking Darwin’s journeys.
Ender loves owls.  It was really neat for him to see an owl skeleton.  He was also excited about the owl egg.
Ender loves owls. It was really neat for him to see an owl skeleton. He was also excited about the owl egg.
My mom bought the boys each a gift.  Ender's was the ice cube tray which was taking a ride in the dugout canoe.  He'd get really mad if you took it out.
My mom bought the boys each a gift. Ender’s was the ice cube tray which was taking a ride in the dugout canoe. He’d get really mad if you took it out.
This was the possum display.  I love it.  I can't explain why.
This was the possum display. I love it. I can’t explain why.