Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So Much Fun Stuff....

This has been a fantastic day so far. And last night was really fun too. Every Monday we have family night. It was Trav's idea and it's something that everybody looks forward to. I usually try to make something fun for dinner and then Chloe reads a Bible story and then we play a game or something like that. Well, last night everybody got salad (mean mommy) and then we took a walk. Even miss Amanda walked with us. For one night a week she's a captive to family things. You'll understand when you have teenagers. The weather has been perfect for the last few days (high 60's) and we had such a great time. Then we played Super Monkey Ball. Last week Travis bought a used game cube. No, it's not a Wii but we don't have the money for that so we're not buying it. The only downside is that sometimes I get motion sickness from that game. Seriously. There's just too much going on at some points, so I had to hide in the bedroom while Travis and Chloe finished playing.

Today is a super-special day for Chloe because it's field trip day! She's been so excited about it. I wish I could have gone but for some reason this school only allows 1 (!) chaperone to go with the class. Last year I think we had about 6 chaperones. Anyway, she picked out her outfit last night and asked if she could wear a skirt. Sure, no problem. Then I saw that it was a pink and black plaid skirt. My initial reaction was to say (OK, I actually did say) no way, that doesn't match. Then she begged and I relented. Then she asked if she could wear the striped tights. I was initially horrified and then I said, "sure, why not"? Know why? Because she is a beautiful, thoughful, creative soul and it just comes out everywhere. When we get to FL, no matter what school she goes to she's going to have to wear a uniform. I personally am neither pro nor con on the uniform issue. But I think that she'll feel stifled by it- a lot. So for today my sweet little butterfly will be wearing a plaid skirt and striped leggings. And I'm OK with it. I think it's really cute.
And this morning I took Halle for a walk. We pretty much always walk the same place because I don't have to drive anywhere to do it. It's beautiful and they have a pond with fish and turtles and geese. We all love going there. When we went last night we forgot to take bread with us and the fish were really disappointed. So today I made sure to take some with us. I always feel sorry for the turtles because they just aren't fast enough to get to the little bits of bread that we drop. So I figured out that the secret is to drop *big* chunks of bread because the smaller fish can't drag the whole thing down. Does anybody know what kind of fish those are? I can name a ridiculous amount of salt water fish because I spent so much time doing that as a kid but I'm kind of clueless as to what these are. They are kind of blue so I'm going to guess that they're bluegills. Animal names are usually descriptive like that.

We also fed the fish on Saturday and for the first time ever we saw a really big carp. Trav thinks he's about 3 1/2 feet long.

I tried really hard to get some pics of him and I was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to show these to Trav tonight. I just love these guys. I love wildlife and being outside- especially when the weather is perfect like this. This is a great day.


Mary said...

This is a great day. I took the boys to the pool and now they are laying down for an hour. I saw wildlife today too. A couple of big woodchucks were chasing each other through the backyard. I'll have to put them on my list of Mt. Juliet wildlife. :)

I love that you let Chloe wear that outfit. I would have had a hard time doing it but I think you are so right. She needs to express herself and truly...there are so many worse ways she could do it. :)

Amy said...

Ooh, did you get pictures? I've never actually seen a woodchuck before. Very cool.

Tisra said...

How much did that woodchuck, chuck, Mary? :-)

Amy, I love Chloe's outfit! I have to do that with Lael sometimes because, I figure, those days will be gone before we know it. What other time in your life can you get away with it?

I'd love to walk with you some time- our pond is almost always dried up (the one at the park) and doesn't have cool wildlife like that. Although, we found a turtle in our backyard recently (the one that bit Dean).

The blocks look WONDERFUL. What a precious keepsake from Auntie Amy!

Christy said...

I lurve that turtle :) I usually feel sorry for the slow ones. I'm very relieved that you found a way to get a treat to them too.
Also? I heart Chloe's outfit. She's a girl after my own heart!

Amy said...

Tisra- you guys can go with us anytime you want to. That would be really fun.

Ms. Tee said...

What a great day! And how neat that you have such a pretty place to walk around. I *love* that you let Chloe wear that outfit to school, what a sweet mama! She looks adorable & she'll always remember you let her do those things. :)
P.S. That fish is crazy!