The final field trip for March (that I took photos of). We also took a trip to the Santa Ana Zoo last month. Curren took a Bird Lab class that has gotten her interested in dissecting owl pellets (read owl vomit balls). We’ve gotten her some, but you’ll have to wait until the April blog posts to see what that looks like! This field trip here is the one we took to the Heritage Hill Historical Park. Beautiful place! Jordi’s pig tails make their debut here 😉 I noticed, yet again, putting these together, that I completely missed out on all the beautiful buildings they had there. The schoolhouse was so cute! Jordi had me running. Go check it out if you have a free afternoon to browse!
“Old School” punishment. Stick your nose on the hole and hold up your foot, or hold the books up. Kaylan was NOT happy when this was over!
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March was SO full of field trips. They were so much fun, the kids learned a ton, I didn’t even get to take pics at all of them like I wanted to because I was so behind on editing as it was. I think March was the month I petered out and started wishing for summer. Homeschooling has me HAD this year! Ok, I still have enough in me to finish out the school year (Let’s go May!). But wow, our learning and fun this year has been so incredible and fun and overwhelming and exhausting. I am looking forward to a summer full of beach days and pool days and fun in the sun! That should surely be relaxing right??
Here’s a field trip we took to Hidden Valley Nature Center last month in Riverside. They got to make their own toothpaste to take home and use, even Jordi! The kids were regurgitating facts for days after, and still tell me I’m putting rocks on my face every time they see me put makeup on. I always think those are successful ones! It was a gorgeous day out in nature with friends.
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I realized 2 things this morning… 1) I really am not very good at remembering to write my blog posts in a timely manner, and 2) I’m really having a hard time photographing a complete story when there’s a certain 2 year old who just won’t stay in one place! Don’t get me wrong… I love her independent, strong willed spirit, and the fact that she is taking the world by storm with her tiny body and big personality. However, being a lifestyle photographer, I love to tell the whole story of how I see things through my eye. It’s my way of expression. I’m way better at it than using my words! When I scroll through my photos at the end of something I wanted to document, sometimes I feel a pang of sadness that I missed a shot, or didn’t capture something I had intended. I was feeling that way last night, as I was going through photos from a whale watching trip we went on, (I mean seriously, chasing an independent 2 year old around a whale watching boat, while trying to take photos?!? I was a mess!), and then felt it again this morning, going through photos for today’s blog post. I’m Type A, I like my organization and completion and everything in it’s place perfectly where I want it to be. “WHERE IS MY COMPLETE STORY!?!?!?” I was asking myself.
Here’s what I learned for myself… The photos I’m missing in the story? Those are the moments I’m spending with my kids, asking and answering questions, exploring the world, enjoying each other. The moments I’m sad about missing in the story? Those are the moments my kids remember me spending with them, instead of trying to get a photo out of them. The sadness that I wasn’t able to capture a whole story the way I saw it? My kids are only this age for so many years. Soon, there will be no 2 year old trailing at my feet, the kids won’t be interested in spending every moment with me, and I will have every opportunity to tell any story I want to it’s fruition. So for now, my lesson learned, is to tell my story, the best I can, 2, 5, and 6 year old under foot, and with no sadness over what I didn’t capture. For those moments are captured in my heart, and more importantly, in the hearts of my kids! In a time of artistic and personal growth and self criticism, I needed to learn this lesson, so I can move on and keep documenting my life the best I can, and be happy with what I get.
So, without further ado, here is our our field trip to Union Station and Olvera Street in Los Angeles. It was a fun, crazy, chaotic day. And yes, the story is very incomplete! I was a helicopter mom in this train station that was full of people and moving trains and all that jazz. And again, the 2 year old that just can’t sit still 😀
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Just another really fun field trip. This time we trekked out to Starr Ranch Sancutary. It was SO NICE to be out in nature for the whole day. That’s the one thing I miss about home. Orange County is very…crowded?? Anyway, the day of nature and sunshine and fresh air with our friends was beautiful. We took 2 tours, one from a bird biologist who hiked us around the sanctuary, teaching us some bird calls, and talking about the habitats around us. The second tour was from a biologist who really loves snakes, but was talking mostly about bobcats and cougars and coyotes…oh my! We did not see any of those cats while we were there, but we were warned to keep our littlest ones by our side so they did not become running cougar bait!
The pole the woodpeckers go to town on!
Kaylan and her bestie checking out some birds.
Our bird biologist, schooling us on the plant life they are researching in their sanctuary.
She taught us some bird calls and how to listen for bird responses.
The biologist told the kids they could poke sticks into the tiny spider holes, and the spiders would come out thinking it’s food. I don’t know that she realized how long they would try this for, and how often they would stop to do it! Look at that red hair in the middle!
The other biologist taught us how to study tracks and scat to determine which animal had been around. We learned a whole lot about poop! Some of the kids were thrilled about that.
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We made a short and kinda sweet family trip to Vegas this month. Yes, that’s right, we took 3 little kids to Las Vegas, for a vacation. Yes, it was exhausting. Yes, the adults around us were a tad perturbed. And yes, we had a great time! This is a big mixture of pics from my big girl camera and pics from my iPhone. Because sometimes I just couldn’t have that thing hanging off my neck while trying to traverse the city with these 3 little adventurers.
We stayed at Treasure Island, a hotel we discovered is NOT very kid friendly. Oops! The boats were cool, though!
We definitely had to go check out Circus Circus, the place I remember going, and having a blast, as a kid. It’s funny how when you’re a kid, everything seems so big and magical. And it can look so very different as an adult. But the kids had so much fun here, literally running from ride to ride, playing arcade games, winning too many stuffed animals to carry back to the hotel, watching free circus shows. Jordi even got to ride her first “big kid ride”. My mommy heart was full with their joy.
I had to give LOTS of piggy back rides. Little legs couldn’t keep up with Vegas walking. I lost 5 pounds in 2 days! Ha!
Photo credit to my future little photographer, Curren, for snapping the only pic of Ty and I!
Curren is afraid of escalators. She took, literally, every set of stairs she possibly could in place of escalators. And if you know Vegas, you know there are a LOT of escalators! She was pretty tired at the end of each day!
So we went to this place called the Secret Garden, where Siegfried and Roy used to do their show with the white tigers. I’m a person who doesn’t believe in keeping wild animals in captivity, not allowing them to live life to their fullest. I like to vote with my dollars, and NOT support places who keep animals like that for entertainment purposes. You won’t find me at Sea World. Ever. Why I thought this place would be different, I have no idea. But boy was my guilt flying high when we were there seeing the animals. It made for a good teaching moment with the kids. Curren said to me while we were there “Mommy, don’t we not agree with animals being locked up like this? I bet those tigers don’t even get to run in those small cages.” I couldn’t agree more, my kind hearted little child!
I couldn’t resist a family growling portrait 😀
They had some truly beautiful cats!
Botanical Gardens and the fountain at Bellagio
Yogurt! And this super cool lady saw Kaylan in her Batman sweatshirt on the train. She asked if she could take a picture with Batman. To which Kaylan replied “I’m not really Batman, I’m just a kid wearing a Batman sweatshirt. This is a mask.” Oh my literal child. I couldn’t help but laugh at her cuteness. She was on top of the world after this!
Our Elf did Vegas this year! Haha! The kids brought no less than 3 bags FULL of toys. And we let it happen. You can imagine the cleanup of that hotel room! Our final night we went to see the volcano at the Mirage. It was neat. We had a great time. It was nice to get away for a couple of days. We won’t be taking kids to Vegas again! 😛
What a crazy month February has been. I’m having a hard time believing that we are already almost finished with the second month of 2015. I mean, Christmas is only 10 months away!! Yay! JK. I can definitely wait for Christmas. Anyway, here’s some random parts of our crazy month, because, well, sometimes I just get random stuff!
This is some of the amazing momma’s in our group knitting and crocheting at park day. It’s such a nice, relaxing time to hang out with our friends, have some adult interaction, and get your knit on! They have been so kind to even get me going on my very own knitting project, which is almost complete. The array of talent in our group is astounding, and I’m always learning something new from these people!
And here are some more random ones. Jordi loves this little vintage dress I found in a vintage store a couple of years ago. She calls it her “tiny dress” (even standing here next to me as I write this), and is often used in her repertoire of dresses she puts on daily. This girl really will go through 3-8 dresses per day depending on what we are doing! She’s very fashion forward 😛 I have plans to do a photo shoot with this pretty dress in a pretty field with gorgeous light in that beautiful red hair… do you see it?!? I’ll just have to show you when I take it 😀
Croquet anyone? They’re learning some fun new games at park day. Sports class is coming soon, can’t wait to see them do that! Hopefully they have more coordination than their mother… Que iPhone photos from here!
The girls informed me that we had never been to a donut shop where they could pick out their own donuts. SAY WHAAAA??? We remedied that right quick. I mean, what kid hasn’t been able to pick a donut out from the donut shop? Apparently my kids. It was a fun time, and they were stoked. It’s the little things.
And last but not randomly least, some of the things Curren has been doing. She made a board game to play, weaved her doll a hat (I accidentally had her make it too small for her head 😀 ), learning about air pressure in science class, and making some bouncy balls out of elastic polymer! We have some serious fun around here!
Ok, that’s it for the randomness, for now. If you would like your life captured in photos, contact me today!