Yesterday for school we took the kids outside and taught them about gardening. Actually we put them to work. Part of gardening and having a nice yard is the maintenance of the shrubs and bushes. We had let them get way out of control so I decided to cut lessons short and take advantage of the nice weather we are having. So out we went. While I was cutting the shrubs back the kids were gathering the branches and putting them into a pile. Our yard loos so much better and is now ready for the fall and winter seasons.
While we were cleaning up the yard, what was a lesson on gardening turned into a lesson on insects again. We found numerous spiders of all kinds, a few praying mantises, a cocoon, a termite mess and red ants. The kids had a blast looking at them. We put the cocoon into a jar and we are hoping the moth or butterfly will come out. They had a grand time playing with the praying mantises.
The two little fellas below are Bear and Charlie. They are our neighbor's dogs. They are the sweetest pups I know. They came to help too. Although I think they were more of a distraction than they were help. But we love them anyway!
We got a lot accomplished in a small amount of time. Plus I got a great workout. We all agreed that next time we will cut the bushes back in the spring and again at the end of the summer so it won't be such a large.
Speaking of workout...have I shared that I am on a new weight loss journey? This is one I have to succeed at. I can not give up and I plan to share about those struggles on my other blog Broken Potterie. I generally write about things God has spoken to me about and I still will do that but I need to journal what I am feeling and how I feel about this journey so go over there and check it out. Although to be hones tat the writing of this I have not written anything as of yet but I will be!