Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Track 2012

Ethan is participating in Track again this spring. Track is kind of fun to watch, except for the boring times in between events when the hurdles need to be set up or taken down, or when the long distance events are being run... Other than that, it's cool!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tyler and the Kite

Sometime last year, Tyler got our kite stuck way up in a tree. Tim told him he needed to get it down, so last week Tyler got some rope and climbed up the tree (using those awesome tree climbing skills he learned in COPE at Scout Camp!) to get the kite.

He texted me from up in the tree - goofy boy.

He also forgot to take anything up with him to cut down the branch with the kite. Hayleigh sent an ax up to him and he whacked the branch down. Now we have our kite back and some new firewood :)

Dallin recently became interested in tennis and baseball. He has the games for his PSP. I turned on the tennis match yesterday and it said "ATP". Dallin asked me if that stood for "actual tennis players". I guess when you live in a virtual game world you need to check sometimes to see if the athletes are actual players!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

More signs of spring

Threatening weather for soccer games:

Ethan - Spring Track:

The Jessamine in full bloom:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nature Is Gross Sometimes

For the past couple of weeks, we've been having lots of big birds flying around - vultures, hawks, etc. Even crows - they are bigger in real life than I thought they were. Vultures are one of nature's undertakers. They clean up dead stuff like road kill. They are not afraid of my driving either. They will stand there eating the possum or raccoon or whatever until I have to slow down or risk hitting them. Then they will calmly hop/walk to the side of the road, watch me drive by and then happily return to their food until the next car shows up.

Vultures are big, heavy birds. I was standing at the end of the driveway waiting for Kirsten to get off the bus and there were vultures trying to land in the tree across the street. Apparently vultures picture themselves as light little chickadees or sparrows, because they'd land on branches and the branches would DIP and the tree would sway. Some of the branches would break and the vulture would fall a little and flap its wings to try to land on another branch. The tree ran out of branches and they all took off and landed in the field.

Getting to why Nature Is Gross Sometimes, one of the vultures was able to scrape his meal off the road and fly away with it. Once again, its skewed body image was a downfall. The vulture couldn't quite clear the electric fence and ended up dropping its dinner on the fence. Guess what? Vultures don't like touching electric fence any more then any other animal (or person!).


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