Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bean the Artist

Ms. Bean has always been our resident artist, but her pictures have become so much more detailed all of a sudden.  I thought I would share some of my recent favorites and what I can remember of her explanations.

This is a lion family.  The daddy lion has a mane and the mommy lion doesn't.  The baby lion is standing on his back legs like a person.  They are all surrounded by hearts and flowers, cuz Bean is that kind of gal!

Top left:  Ms. Bean petting Kitty Chai after a mousie ran through its hole in the wall.

Top Right:  A pond full of fish.  No mommy, it is absolutely not a fish bowl because these fish are too big for a bowl!

Lower Left:  A tree with birds.  I kind of love the nest that one is sitting in!

Lower Right:  Horses, Bean's latest passion.  She's riding the one in front, but it is so far away that you can't see her hair.  Beeb is riding the other horse and doing some kind of weird leaning thing.

The kids camping.  Bean and Beeb are cooking over the campfire and Bug is in the tent on the left, which is Bean's tent.  Beeb's tent is the little one on the left.

This is Bean swinging on a tree swing in the rain forest.  You can tell it's the rain forest because of all the Quetzel birds...note green plumage, yellow beaks, and pink markings on the chest.  Some images from a google search here if you don't believe her.  I mean seriously, would Bean mislead us?

A lion and a giraffe in a rain storm.

An especially sweet little lion on the corner of a bigger picture.  Can you resist that face???

A regular horse imagining a carrot and two Bionicle horses imagining chili peppers.  Why?  I haven't a clue.

Two horses and (I think) a cat.  How cute are the saddles and stirrups?

A horsey Halloween.  The person is dressed up as a bat.  Look at the jack'o'lantern treat bag!  And the fish in the fish bowl!  Too cute!

Jack'o'lantern monster.  How cute is that face?  And the vines coming out of his head.

Horses in space.  And in spaceships.  I especially love the little icon in the upper left corner.  It's a trash can with a "no" circle and line.  Daddy has been known to throw drawing in the trash or recycling with little regard for artistic merit, so Bean left a "No trash" reminder for him!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Great American (Bionicle) Novel

Here is Bug's recently penned novel:
Kopaka Toa of Ice
Kopaka siad but the wind grabbed Kopaka. But Kopaka siad i m the toa of ice

Gali Toa of Water
Gali was sit-ing on a rock then gali heard a wave then gali ben cott bie a wave but gali saw that she wath in a big wave

Tokanewva (Takanuva, Toa of Light)
Tokanewva was siting on a rock Tokanewva got cott

U well fide six toa spehrit stars n tokanewva's (You will find six Toa spirit stars and Takanuva's)

Toa Pohatu
Pohatu cott a fish befor pohatu can eat the fish pohatu hrid (heard) a rock fall

Toa Onua
Onua was diging then BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!! Woh!! siad onua. run siad onua BOOM!!!!!!!!!! Woh!!! siad onua

Toa Lewa
Lewa jumpt in the skie then the grand (ground) jumpt and BOOM !!!!!!!!

Toa Tahu
Tahu jumpt takoowa was skared

Friday, August 28, 2009

Squeeee! A Chrysalis!!!

We think this is Bug's caterpillar working on metamorphosing.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A New Project

A friend of ours found four caterpillars in her garden this week and kept two for her son (Bug's best bud) and gave two to us!

We have been watching them munch on their parsley, dill, and Queen Anne's lace and are looking forward to seeing them metamorphose. We are pretty sure they are Black Swallowtails.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fast Plants: Day 34

We are nearing the end of these Fast Plants! Just three days until we remove the water supply and let the seeds dry out so we can harvest them. The timing has turned out to be perfect, too. We planted our tomato seeds for the garden last week, so we will have more green things coming up and managed to "schedule" our rhinovirus during a less interesting week. Lots of very interesting seed development stuff going on, I'm sure, but not much to see from the outside.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Maple Syrup

Bug participated in the Maple Syrup homeschool field trip at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on Tuesday. The rest of us tagged along for part and found a quiet spot to dig out crayons and paper for the rest. Here is Bean's take on the topic. Be sure to click on each one to go to Flickr to see the labeled details...

First, she gathers sap with her little brother:


Then she gets ready to eat the finished product on pancakes with Mom and Dad:


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fast Plants: Day 29

There has been some new growth with new buds and flowers. We have just left them alone as we will be removing the plants from the water in a week or so. I thought about pinching them off (as we did with the buds and flowers that arrived shortly after pollination), but in the end laziness and a rampant rhinovirus won out.