Sunday, September 19, 2010


The boys recently received "Flats" from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to my friend Sharon where I got the idea for this "pen pal" like exchange through the Flat Stanley website.

The premise of this exchange came from the book "Flat Stanley". In the book a young boy gets flattened and is then small enough for his parents to send him in the mail to visit far off places. There is a website that you can register and contact other classes or homeschooling families to send your own "Flat" to. This is the second time we have hosted "Flats".

Here are the boys with the "Flats" from Reunion Island at the river in Sequoia National Park. We enjoyed taking them around our community snapping photos of the paper people. It is a wonderful way for the boys to share about their live as well as learn about other communities around the world.

Our next project is to send our own "Flats" to New Zealand to another homeschooling family. Above you can see Mack's "Flat Stubbie" and Milo's "Flat Milo". We will have to keep you posted for when they return.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Last Backpacking Trip of 2010

Troy, Mack and I headed out on Saturday for a final backpacking trip this summer. Thanks to my mom for always being open to keeping the other two monsters so I can feed my need to explore the back country.

Here are the boys getting ready to march. We left Lodgepole campground and 5 miles later made it to Clover Creek. This hike was definetly challenging, we climbed the whole way. Mack did great! We were very proud of him.

We left our gear and hiked up another two miles (four miles round trip) to Twin Lakes. Mack brought his fishing pole, but only got nibbles.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Let the Homeschooling begin....

This week marked the offical beginning of our homeschooling year (or when we have to actually collect samples to turn into the boys' charter school).

Milo is embarking into homeschooling this year and Mack is in the 5th grade.
Friday culminated with a visit to a local preserve that Mack and I are volunteer rangers at.

We spent an hour catching frogs and marveling at the variety of colors, markings and speed of these little creatures. We even watched a huge wasp that was at least two inches in length and had beauitful organge wings (see picture to right). When we got home we realized we had found a tarantula hawk!