Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I had to post this cute picture of B with his Kindergarten animal diorama. His class had a family "showcase" last week and it was so fun to see all of their projects and hear them tell facts about the animals they chose to research. So cute!

Blake chose to research a Baboon, since he loves monkeys. I bought the mama baboon with the baby on her back, found the shoebox and then let Ryan and B go to town, making the diorama together. I was so impressed with Ryan who oversaw the whole project but had Blake do most of the work. Blake picked out all of the rocks, hot glued the branches on (with Ryan's help), drew pictures of the kinds of foods Baboons eat, etc. It's so great to see a man gently helping his son learn, work and be creative. I'm reminded of a quote that I used on a scrapbook page back when B was a baby. It had 3 pictures of B and Ryan together. The quote epitomizes to me the kind of man Ryan is. I love & respect these two character traits that are the essence of Ryan.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness

Nothing so gentle as real strength.

Ryan is strong and gentle all at the same time and I think those are the two best qualities a man can have! He is a great husband and father and we are truly lucky to have him in our lives.

Yesterday I took the kids and one of B's friends to a nearby hidden oasis for a little exploration time. The main reason we went was to see the bird atrium that someone has in there backyard near by, but there is also a bridge and a meadow that the kids love to run around in. It's the second time we've been there recently - both times we've spotted deer.

B fell in this little ditch. I didn't realize how deep it actually was. He got a little mad because I was taking pictures of him, "when he didn't want me to." Sorry, Blake!


  1. Where is that place? I want to take my kiddoes. Let me know please!!!

  2. That bridge is like the ultimate picture taking place. Beautiful!

  3. your kids are gorgeous, what great pics!

  4. Such cute kids! And you have some serious talent. I'm amazed at all the beautiful quilts and brag books etc. that you have done. So glad that we can blog so that I can see all this stuff!

  5. Cute pictures! I can't believe how big your kids are getting! My kids love to go see the birds and the bridge, too!


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