A collection of pictures from our summer ;)


xo, nikki :)


Travelling at the speed of life

I have no idea what we have been doing for the past month! As Bentley has been trying to figure out how to make the minutes, hours and days go by faster, I am trying to find a way to slow it down! We’ve been doing a little of this and that, gardening, swimming in the neighbor’s pool, physical therapy, hanging out with friends, tons of trips to the library, and pink eye!

Since a picture says a thousand words, here are a few to fill in the gaps!

Making homemade pretzels — Bentley loves to take pictures


Trip to the mountains


The kids brought me flowers


Flowers from our garden.


Blueberry picking!! 1 gallon for $5!


Playing dress up! Marseille said,  “I’m getting married!” She loves to say that when she wears that dress :)


This head of cabbage was much bigger than my head. It made great cabbage rolls!


I rigged this noodle sprinkler for the kids. They loved it!


Shot time!!


Lazy 5 Ranch was quite an experience! We met Danny’s parents and the cousins for a carriage ride through a ranch full of animals. You were allowed to feed most of them.


Learning how to do the dishes


I found this praying mantis on the grill, I caught it but had to let it go because I couldn’t find any food small enough for it.


Pool time :)


I was so excited to find that my rosemary sprigs, that my friend gave me, had roots.


Our huge sunflowers! There are at least 10 of them in our garden and at least 9ft tall. I love to see all the busy bees on them.


I was so excited to find these eggs. Papa and Mama Blue abandoned their nest so the eggs never hatched.


Bentley found the nest. I dried it out and saved it. It is an American Goldfinch nest.


We started school on July 2nd. We did an American Revolution and Fourth of July unit. Bentley is making his cucumber sandwich to enjoy with his “taxed tea”.


Our Boston Tea Party. I even polished the silver!


We made a cake for the 4th of July.


It went right along with our 4th of July unit!


Prizes from the summer library reading program. We read 80 books in a month and they received a medal, a pencil, a sticky hand, bounce house tickets and baseball tickets. At the baseball game they get to be in a parade and get a free shirt! They were very excited!


They are nice medals!!


July 9th, was the first day of our Olympic unit. A is for archery. Water balloon archery :)


Aunt Becca helping Bentley learn how to use a bow and arrow! Bentley loves archery.


B is for Basketball


Playing Basketball


I cut open one of the sunflowers to let the kids look and touch it. They really enjoyed that. We observed the insects, and eggs that were on it. We made guesses at what ate the leaves. I showed them where the seeds developed and Bentley wanted to eat them. :)

Hope you enjoyed the update!

xo, nikki :)

There’s a bluebird…

on our porch! A family to be exact. It has been a lot of fun to watch Papa and Momma Blue scope out our decorative bird house and choose to make it their home. The draw back to this close encounter is that they are using our back porch! Every time, Momma Blue sees us, she flies away. We want her eggs to hatch and, in order for that to  happen, she needs to be sitting on them! I’m grateful for this new little excitement! We all have had fun watching Momma Blue collect so much stuff to make her nest. Every time she went in, pine needles and twigs fell out. There was a huge pile of scraps on the deck. The kids enjoy trying to be quiet so that they will not scare them away. I was glad when she finally laid her eggs on Saturday. Hopefully, all three eggs will hatch! We’ll keep you posted!

xo, nikki :)

Papa Blue
Keeping a look out
Mama Blue
Surveying their new place
Eggs on June 2nd!
So small!
Momma Blue taking care of her eggs

butterfly in the sky

Our butterfly project was so much fun. I think I enjoyed it more than the kids!!

Fresh parsley from the garden. You can see that the caterpillars look different. The small one in the center has not lost it’s skin yet. They shed it and then they look like the larger ones!
Caterpillar poo-poo and the large green wet spot is the undigested food that they void before they become catalyst. I cleaned the cage daily because they poop a lot!!
They have a little silk sling that they make for themselves to hang on. Their color fades too. They were in this state for about 24-48 hours.
One of our green catalyst. They stayed in their cozy home for a week. Easy pet!!
I saw this one fall out of the catalyst while I was on the phone. It was the closest I got to seeing one actually “birthed”
It’s so amazing!
Releasing the butterfly back on the parsley plant. Hoping that they will come back and lay more eggs.
And the circle of life continues. Can you spot the another caterpillar?

Here are some pictures of us having fun learning about caterpillars and their metamorphosis.

We’ve seen some butterflies flying around and I’m hoping that they are some of ours! Danny and I were amazed at the butterflies’ process and that they live for such a short time. Only 3 to 4 days. It makes me think of this verse:

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4.14

Can’t wait to do this again!

xo, nikki :)

The Maternal Lens 3.16-23.2012

Catching up on posting my pictures!! This month is flying by!

3.16.2012 – YOU –  I’m enjoying some yoga!

3.17.2012 – something GREEN – Bentley’s St. Patrick’s Day craft

3.18.2012- book – my bedside book stash.

3.19.2012 – office supply- I think the rubber bands get the most use.

3.20.2012 – flower -first day of spring… first day of seasonal allergies!

3.21.2012 – living room – not sure where we live more… at the dinner table or in the living room!

3.22.2012 – neighborhood – I love our neighborhood!

3.23.2012 – something sweet – there is nothing sweeter than the laughter of children!

xo, nikki :)