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Opening a Can of Worm (Farm)

Opening a Can of Worm (Farm)

Hands-on nature activities are a big thing at our house – the messier, the better.  It’s my opinion that allowing a child to explore the world around them with all 5 of his/her God-given senses will create a lifelong curiosity and appetite for learning.  One such activity that we tried recently was making a worm farm.  It’s easy to do, and is fun for all ages! How to: All you need is a container of some sort, preferably clear.  (We re-used an old soda bottle.)  Toss in some dirt along with a few compost items (rotting leaves, banana peel, coffee grounds, etc),…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Magic of an Hour in the Woods…

The Magic of an Hour in the Woods…

Lately during the week, we’ve been stuck in a morning rut where all C wants to do is act out scenes from the movie “Cars” in the driveway with his toys.  It’s not that that’s inherently a bad thing.  He’s outside, he’s using his imagination, and he’s having a lot of fun, so I’m certainly not complaining!  And often, it’s actually quite convenient – like when I’m working in the yard, unpacking gear from the previous weekend’s adventures, or even just fixing lunch/dinner.  But when the chores are finished and we have the whole morning ahead of us, all of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Cragbaby’s Two Favorite Words

Cragbaby’s Two Favorite Words

 “Kah-puh-puh, Buh-doh-zjuh”  Translation:  Caterpillar!  Bulldozer!  Also known as Cragbaby’s favorite topics these days.  While he’s always had an affinity for creepy-crawlies, the bulldozer fascination is relatively new.  Of course I use the term bulldozer rather loosely – while he regularly demonstrates his extensive knowledge of big trucks whenever we read our “big truck books,” in a pinch it’s much easier to refer to any truck as a bulldozer and just assume that Mommy knows what he means.  Anyway that being said, you can only imagine the thrill in my little Cragbaby’s eyes when he arrived at his sandbox one afternoon to…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Day in the Life – Cragbaby Style!

A Day in the Life – Cragbaby Style!

Probably the most common question I get from non-climbers is, “What does Cragbaby do all day while you guys climb?”  I realized that while I generally give a recap of all of the climbing-related mumbo jumbo the grown-ups do on the weekends, I don’t usually go into much detail about the kind of adventures that Cragbaby gets himself into!  Since we just recently got back from a 4 day trip to Kentucky where C’s personal photographer (not really, but she might as well be!) got some fantastic shots of him and his various “cragtivities,” it only seemed fitting to let…Read the rest of this entry →

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Creepies, Crawlies, and Fungus Among Us!

Creepies, Crawlies, and Fungus Among Us!

Whenever I think about fall, I usually think about leaves, pumpkins, and apple cider…but generally not bugs or other creepy-crawlies. However, I’m starting to think that perhaps I should change my mindset, since it seems as though that’s all we’ve been encountering this past week during our green hours.  With the cooler temperatures and monsoon type rains we’ve been having lately, it seems as though all sorts of interesting creatures have been appearing out of the woodwork. Almost every day this week we’ve woken up to find at least one new species of mushroom popping up in colonies throughout our…Read the rest of this entry →

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