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Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Butterfly Experiment.

 About a month ago, Parker and I were in the toy store buying a birthday present for one of his friends when he spotted a butterfly garden that he just had to have.  Since I’m a pushover and it was fairly inexpensive, I bought it.  Then I had to order caterpillars.  Then we had to wait for them to arrive.  Then we had to wait for them to form their chrysalises.  Then they sat on our kitchen counter for 10 days in this cage:

Finally.  Finally, after about 10 days, they emerged into butterflies, and they were beautiful.  We let them go in the backyard this morning after church (after the kids said some really long goodbyes to them first!).

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Discovery Center.

We met some friends at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro today.  Why?  Because it’s air conditioned, that’s why.  Meeting at the playground would’ve been insane.  It really was a fun place with lots of stuff to do, and I think the bigger kids enjoyed it just as much as the little ones.  The water exhibit and the two-story twisty slide were the two most popular stations.   It reminded me a lot of the Creative Discovery Center in Chattanooga only on a smaller scale.  Definitely worth the trip if you’re looking for an indoor place to play!

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Tonight’s catch.

We only caught nine tonight.  But this was our first night out, and it’s early in the season.  Lightening bugs, beware!  The kids are looking to double their catch next time.  And to the bugs that were captured this evening, I’m sorry your new home smells like clam chowder.  Hopefully I poked enough holes in the top to have at least a few survivors by morning.

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Junie B.

Torin’s favorite book character, Junie B. Jones, was at our local bookstore this morning, so of course we had to go.  Junie B. did a little skit and then stayed to autograph books.  Parker and I braved the throng of 1st grade girls just so Torin could experience her first book signing.  (Although he will never admit it, I think Parker enjoyed himself.  The skit was really pretty funny.)

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Romans 6:4.

Torin’s eternal fate was sealed last summer when she prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior, and we were so proud of her this morning as she took a step of obedience and followed through with baptism.  (The fact that she did it on the anniversary of D-Day somehow made it even more emotional for me, but I managed to hold it together!)

Buried with him through baptism…

… raised to walk in new life.

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Our summer adventures continue.

In an effort to keep my offspring entertained, I took them downtown to explore Dragon Park this morning.  It is a really cool park near Vanderbilt that has a huge concrete dragon in the middle decorated with colorful mosaic tiles.  Even I thought it was great, and I’m not normally a huge fan of concrete dragons.

Couldn’t resist a shot of the kids in the tunnel.

If you’re going to Dragon Park, you might as well pack a few stale hot dog buns and swing on over to Centennial Park afterwards to feed the ducks and scare the birds.  And then be prepared to scrape poop off of tennis shoes before you get back into the car. 

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And now it’s summer.

It’s not truly summer until you’ve choked on a mouthful of chlorine.  Each kid did that at least a couple of times today, so we’re good to go!

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