Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sea Life Aquarium- post 1

Wow, it's been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. The last 2 weeks have been crazy but fun. A and I are halfway through our vacation in the "real world". We left 2 weeks ago and our first stop was the Dallas Texas area. A had some appointments there, but we also figured we should through in a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium while we were in town. So after 2 days of flying and finally a good nights sleep, Wed we headed to the aquarium to explore. It was a hit.
My little marine biologist loved every moment of it.


 Her favorite animal by far though were the sting rays....specifically this one which she named Buddy. She insisted he was trying to communicate with her.  Needless to say we came home with a 6 dollar stuffed sting ray named....Buddy of course LOL.


 This place was definitely designed for kids, with lots of nooks and crannies that I could never fit into but were perfect for A to explore.

 The sharks were massive and very cool. We later learned more about them and why they don't hunt the fish in the tank with them, but that's another post.

 A lot of hands on learning took place via the quiz trail and the 'fin facts' along the way. (Got to through some homeschool learning in there somewhere right? LOL)
 I thought this display was amazing. Jellyfish!


 Whoa! Who knew?

 Can you find the sea horses?
 The only non salt water fish in the aquarium, catfish!
 The touch pools were a big hit. So many interesting things to explore.

The aquarium was amazing, but the best part of our visit to Sea Life was about to come. Stay tuned for our next post.....

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What we've been up to...

Delivering cookies!


Trying to get every box delivered before A and I leave the island for a month. Almost there. Wish us luck as I try to finish up tomorrow. So proud of my girl scout. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's a Ladybug....or not.

Yesterday A was so excited as we thought we had found a ladybug. A ladybug in the middle of winter in Alaska. We were so excited. It must have come in with some packages in the mail. A quickly made a little habitat and it slept by her bed. Today she carried around the container and set it next to her to do school. I even posted this pic on facebook.
All was going great. A was thrilled with her new little friend and felt great keeping a ladybug safe and warm from the snow outside. Yes all was peaceful in my house until the phone rang.

The conversation started like this.
Me: Hello
Friends: You have got to get rid of that bug!
Me: What?
Friend: You have got to get rid of that bug. You need to go flush it down the toilet  It isn't a ladybug  It is an Asian Beetle and they are an invasive species.
Me: Your kidding right?
Friend: No you need to get rid of it now. They are horrible. They can bite, they get into the walls of your house and are stick when you kill them. Go flush it right now.

Turns out, facebook friend was right. This is not a ladybug. It is in fact known as Harmonia Axyridis, or the Asian Ladybug. They were introduced from Japan for biocontrol and they have become quite a problem in the US. If you google them, you will find page after page devoted to the problem of controlling these pests. My friend had horrible experiences with them in their house before they moved to Alaska, which is why she was so familiar with them. I flushed it and A cried. School today turned into a lesson in invasive species. This page here was extremely helpful in both explaining things and helping A feel better about letting her tiny bug friend go.
http://www.lostladybug.org/file_uploads/FieldGuide.pdf

Oh what a fun day. So we both learned something new today. Now we know how to properly identify a ladybug, and A plans to be on the lookout when we head south next week for our vacation.

Monday, March 11, 2013

More birthday fun.

It's official. I am now the mother of a 6 year old. She woke up Sunday morning and was thrilled to find this tee-pee from her Me-Mom and Pop Pop set up in our living room.



She has spent hours already playing inside and then turned it into a comfy ready book stuffed with pillows where she spent several hours today devouring 'James and the Giant Peach'.

A's b-day turned out to be a beautiful day and we decided to try to take a drive out and see how far we could get on Summer's Bay Rd.

It was nice to be out after the storm last week that kept us in for several days. The sun and the warmer temps felt great.


Playing on the beach is a perfect way to spend a birthday.






A pair of eagles watched us the entire time. 

They kept an eye on Bella as she played below them.



Even Bella had a great time in the snow.

...and a final fly by from bald eagle.

Happy Birthday Ansley.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A 6th birthday! Marine Mammal Style

It's been a busy weekend so far. Friday night was the girl scout sleep over...of course we all got very little sleep. I think we finally got the lights turned off around 1 am, and the girls were up quite early, but they all had a good time. It's amazing to see three age groups of girl scouts playing and getting along so well. 20 girls ages 5 through 12 having a great time. As tired as A and I were after that, our day was just beginning when we left the sleep over at 10 this morning. For today was A's 6th Birthday Party (her real b-day is tomorrow-Sunday) 
We got home and I quickly went to work getting ready. At 3, the festivities began.

A "Marine Mammal" themed party for my girl who wants to be a marine biologist as well as many other things (orthopedic surgeon anyone? LOL) when she grows up.

A dolphin cake- complete with a prosthetic tail per her request.


The dining area all set up and ready to go.


Games in place...

dolphin ring toss

feed the sea otter 
(an old corn hole game I painted)

Pics with dad.



....and with mom

marine mammal cheese and fruit platters


Let the fun begin!




A's teenage friend stopped by as well to help us celebrate. Donald is basically her surrogate big brother and she just adores him. He played a turn...

....and cheated! LOL

Time for cake!



Then we moved on to decorating cookies.

A's creation. Another dolphin with a prosthetic tail.

Present time.

....a brownie outfit for her American Girl. Now they can be twins.



Her new microscope was a huge hit. She can't wait to get this set up tomorrow.

And last but not least, a game of 'pin-the-tail on the whale'



Even I got into the action on this one.

The only thing missing was A's best friend who has developed pneumonia  so if you can say a quick prayer for her healing that would be appreciated. She called A today during her party to say happy birthday and cried. Her own party is supposed to be this coming week so we are hoping for some quick healing.


Happy birthday baby girl. I can't believe as I type this, 6 years ago I was just hours away from holding you in my arms for the first time. Where have the years gone?