This coyote is real. We saw him as we were driving down the road. He was closer than this but he moved further out in the field by the time we stopped and turned around. He did stop and look at us looking at him though! Thanks Sir Coyote! I saw him rear his head back and howl as he stood there too!! What a treat.
Georgia, (my daughter) participated in a Jr. Animal Keeper program at a local zoo recently so we traveled into the city to take her. This was the view from the park. Sort of a tale of opposites. The tranquility of the heavens, compared to the industrious, man-made city is a point to ponder!
Russell helped Brad with the hay recently. We store it down the street in a barn and have to go down a couple times a month to get enough to fill our storage area here at the house. You were a great help Russell. I hope it didn't hurt your back.
Here is Sumi. The final mascot. "Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia. Like many Canadians, Sumi's background is drawn from many places. He wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear." He loves to ski!
ps- oops I think his wings are on wrong! Sorry Sumi I'll fix that asap!
I had been thinking about a craft to celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes and came up with this. I took a milk jug and cut an oval into it. Then sent the kids to the driveway for small stones! I found a pretty picture of Mary and Bernadette (see below) and taped The Blessed Mother inside the jug. VERY CAREFULLY I put hot glue so the kids could press a stone into it.
Here it is. I wish we had enough to go around a little more but the bigger stones weren't sticking very well. Now I know little flat ones work the best!
We all stood around our shrine and did this whole ceremony together. We read about each of apparitions and thoroughly enjoyed spending time around our little shrine.
Here is Quatchi, another mascot of the Vancouver Olympics. "Quatchi is a young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada. Quatchi is shy, but loves to explore new places and meet new friends." He loves hockey and dreams of being a goalie.
You can meet all of the mascots, take a quiz to see which one you are most like, watch a video, print coloring pages etc here!
We had the opportunity to have a nice lunch with our relatives from the south yesterday. Making Valentine's was on our list of things to do before I decided that we would trek to the half-way-point for lunch but we quickly made some for the cousins. Emmy was VERY proud to make Kimberly's valentine.
There they be! The greats all around.
Margie Sue loved that Grandma was letting her have ice. She kept scolding me like she knew I was going to spoil her fun or something.
We made a Miga! She is the snowboard loving mascot of the 2010 Olympics.
"Miga is a young sea bear who lives in the ocean with her family pod, beyond Vancouver Island, near Tofino, British Columbia. Sea bears are part killer whale and part bear. (Miga is part Kermode bear, a rare white bear that only lives in British Columbia.)" To read more visit here.
Warning this paper craft is only about 2 inches (I thought she was bigger) and is very hard for young children to make so Mom you're going to have to help!
We took part in putting "welcome home" bags together at our local Legion this past weekend. Because the soldiers cannot carry some things on the plane when they return home, the Legion has taken it into their own hands to make sure they have some basic hygiene products when they return. It was an experience to make sure our 100 bags had ONE OF EACH THING in it especially since the items were pre-counted on the table. Pressure was on. Needless to say - we didn't end up with exactly the right amount and had to go back through our 100 bags to count each item so as to make sure they had ONE OF EACH ITEM. That ONE OF EACH ITEM was the theme of the head honchos down there. Oh yeah "one of each item" AND "make sure you get the air out of the bags before you put them in the box"!! Right Georgia?! :)