News Flash! Things are getting better!

January 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Homeschooling, Personal | 2 Comments

I am glad to report that things are starting to “normalize” around here. We have a routine, we are all getting used to how the visitation thing works, and the Former and I seem to be getting along as well as can be expected. As soon as I say this, I am sure something will go wrong, but what the heck, I could always use more adventure, right?So, without further delay, I bring you some fun stuff we have done.Lemme start with the most exciting activity, Eagle watching, on a barge. Yup. You read right. I actually had to go find the kids some warm clothes, like ski bib, heavy coats, and insulated boots, cause it decided to get cold here, the coldest day of the week on the day we were heading out on a barge tour on a lake! It was predicted to be between 30 and 40 F (that is 0-4 for you Celsius folks) and that is just freaky cold! I did manage to find us all something warm and water proof to wear, and we headed out on the lake at 11am. We were at Lake Maumelle ( http://www.arkansas.com/lakes-rivers/lake/id/49/ ) for those of you familiar with these parts, and the tour was being held by our favorite Park Interpreter from Pinnacle Mountain ( http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain/) .

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The water that splashed over the bow immediately froze, and showered those behind with ice. It was cold. Karma Boy was so bundled that he just looked like cheeks and eyes over his life vest. Karma Girl had a great time counting all the Eagles! She really impressed us all with her math skills as she just kept adding and adding, even after the birds had been counted, she kept adding.

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We saw a total of 17 Eagles in their natural habitat, including a beautiful mature specimen with the full white head ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle )! We were also able to add some ducks, loons, seagulls, and Canada Geese to our bird watch book. It was a blast! When it was done, we headed over to the Pinnacle Mountain Visitor’s Center to listen to a speaker who does Raptor rehabilitation. He brought several birds for us to see, and it was so cool to see these birds of prey so up close.

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For the close of the presentation, we were invited to be a part of a release of rehabbed owl. The owl had other ideas and decided it wasn‘t ready to go back to the wild so it wound up heading back home for some more rehab, but it was still really cool to see.

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 So, I guess you could say that things is looking up both for us, and the flesh eating birds!

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  1. VERY fun field trip for the kiddos and YOU! That’s such a perk to homeschooling, if you’re the attending parent you’re still really just in charge of your own and not 10 other kiddos…and you get to decide where to go, what to do, how long to stay, etc.

    Love ya!

  2. Sounds like nice warm fun to me 😉


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