This has been a very busy month for us. Just in the last 8 days alone, we have gone on four (4) field trips. In case you are wondering, that is a lot. Somehow, it just happened to work out where many venues in the area chose this week for their homeschool days. "Exhausted" doesn't even begin to describe how I felt when it was all over! :)
Thankfully, today was a quieter day, and we are back in our regular routine.
I don't remember when these pictures were taken (other than that it was before I put away the winter clothes), but the two little girls are just too precious not to share.
Family Bike Ride - Saturday, April 6
Tempe is home to a wonderful web of designated bike trails along the canals. All 9 of us went on an 8-mile trip that evening, followed by a picnic at the park. (Solomon is holding my bike for the picture - he is NOT the one hauling all the kids!)
It didn't occur to me until we were 6 miles into the trip, and Miriam started saying that she was getting tired, that she had never before gone on such a long bike trip by herself. Considering the size of her little bike, we were extremely impressed with how well she did!
Wildlife World Zoo - Monday, April 8
Other homeschool families from our church
Anna with her good friend from church. These girls are always playing together!
This wallaby actually came close enough to allow Solomon to pet it!
Isaac loved the birds, and the birds loved him. They must have known he is our "chicken man" at home, and great at taking care of his flock.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Wednesday, April 10
We went on a guided tour talking about "Plants in the Bible" - great stuff! The weather was absolutely perfect, too.
Friday, April 12 - Maricopa County Fair
Check out my cool license plate - a birthday gift from my husband! (I know what you are thinking - "What are you going to do if you have another baby?" Well, I guess we can always change the number if need be when the time comes to renew the plates.)
These girls are so sweet!
Fresh mozzarella and tomatoes - always a favorite picnic food.
Monday, April 15 - Musical Instrument Museum
Not sure what Anna was upset over - probably being interrupted in her water play?
Stephen LOVED the "Experience Gallery", where kids get to try out all sorts of instruments. He would just look from one sound to the next. Of course, his favorite were the rattles - pretty universal the world over, huh? :)
One of the favorite aspects of field trips for our kids is me packing them a sack/picnic lunch. Seriously! It's fun for me, too, though I certainly would not want to do that every day of the school year.
That's it for now! I'm thinking we will lay low on field trips for a while... ;)