Friday, April 24, 2009

Earth Day Crafting

We decided to make a bird feeder to celebrate Earth Day this year. We picked up a couple pine cones when we were out in the country over Easter.

Curtis spread peanut butter on them.

Then he rolled them in bird seed.

And here is the finished product.

We celebrated a little early and made these last weekend. The one in the front yard was there for a couple days and it looked like no one had touched it. Then on Wednesday evening we noticed it was missing. The one in the back yard was missing after the first day. Then that next day we found it sitting on top of our trellis. I guess the squirrels broke the yarn we tied it up with and hid it up there.

I talked to Curtis about how we should treat the other animals on the planet with kindness and how making a bird feeder is a nice thing to do for the birds.

Here are a few fact for you.

Did you know that in our current system food travels an average of 1,500 miles from field to fork? US agriculture currently emits about 925 billion pounds of CO2 each year from crop and livestock production. Just cutting back on eating meat is one way to reduce the emissions because each cow requires a lot of corn which requires a lot of fossil fuels to produce and transport.

Packaging is responsible for emitting 24,200 tons of greenhouse gases every year. One was to help reduce these gases is to only buy products that come in bulk bins or with very minimal packaging. Over packaging is definitely a big problem in today's supermarkets.

In 2000, the global food system produced 3,8000 calories per day, which is up 800 calories from 1957. Guess we know it isn't my family raising this though since my boys eat like birds!

Please do your part to keep the earth clean. Every little bit helps.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Staycation Part III

Here we see photos from the beach trip the Fisher's took just today. This set is admittedly Clark heavy, but what can I say, the boy LOVES the beach. Seriously his personality changes as soon as you step foot on the sand. We had a blast!

The boys had lots of fun making sand castles and drip castles.

I love this photo! His new nickname is Pig Pen because he could find dirt in a padded cell. Seriously, don't try to keep him clean, it's futile. Of course I know keeping kids clean at the beach is a fools task.

Another favorite of Clark. He just loves the ocean and you can tell by this photo.

Here's one of the two 'big' boys playing in the water.

And one last shot of my baby.

And Mom, if you're reading this, we promise to take you if you come visit.

Staycation Part II

Part II takes place at Rock Springs, where the water is a frigid 68 degrees year round.

But that does stop my water loving guys from going in. It hasn't even been that hot here this week, but I guess if you go to the Spring you have to get in. I stood in the water but refused to go under like my crazy husband did.

Clark is like a fish. He just loves the water.

Like a true boy Curtis had a blast finding snails on the bottom of the spring.

After all that fun we took a hike and then had a picnic. I think this last photo of me pushing the boys in the swings is pretty funny actually. We were acting goofy as you can see. It runs in the family.

Staycation part I

So we are at the end of a week long 'staycation' and here I sit uploading photos while a load of beach towels goes around in the washing machine.

Curt took the week off and we originally planned to go north and visit family. Unfortunately, while Clark is handsome, he does not travel well, which he proved in a disastrous overnight trip last week to Dunedin. So we canceled our plans and took the easy/happy family route of staying home and enjoying all the fun here in Cen FL.

For part I I'll show you Seaworld!

It was very crowded, being Spring Break and all, but we got annual passes so we didn't mind too much. There were a few parts where I had to hang onto my kids for their dear lives...LOL!

The good news is my 'poor' traveler did great at the park, and even fell asleep in the stroller w/o me even trying! Here he is napping in front of the sky tower.

Curtis loves the kiddie rides they have there and also enjoys playing the carny games (especially ski ball).

All in all it was a really nice trip. The day started out kind of cold, but by noon it had warmed nicely. It was a bit of a battle with the crowds, but since we live close and can go back we didn't stress about seeing everything which made for a nice relaxed time.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

This one is for my dad!

Here's a back view in case you are confused.

Hopefully he will now forgive me for the whole Yankees outfit thing.

I don't know if you can tell but Clark is saying cheese now when I take his cute.