Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The GPS tracks of the trip are included here:
The kids kept each other motivated and they really enjoyed stopping at the Stone House which was about half way through the hike.
The trail follows Balch Creek for awhile and offers some great views with trees down across the valley. The trail raises up out of the base of the floor to the top where the Audobon Society. The sanctuary at the Audobon Society has 4.5 miles of trails within their area of 150 acres south of NW Cornell Road.
The Audobon Society had a couple of kestrels in cages at their Wildlife Care Center facility.
The Portland Audobon Society has a great Guide for the plants that are throughout the area
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Here's what she came up with. She typed the first part and I helped her upload the photos and take some of them.
My Subject is Playmobil
I selected this because it is my favorite toy brand and I like animals.
I brought several animals today. The animals are:
A leopard and her kittens
I need four volunteers to help me with the habitat design. WAIT FOR ANSWER
Each of you will get an animal and you are supposed to try to find out where it lives. If you need help ask me.
Before I give out your animals, I am going to use the meerkat as an example.
Meerkats live in the desert and so I have cut out a space for them on the yellow paper and drawn a hole that is its home.I can add some green plants using the pencils and markers that you have here. I have also drawn a frog because they eat them.
A good animal habitat requires lots of space, food from plants and other animals, water, and places to hide (different types of homes). We have paper for cutting out
pond or rivers
The steps for designing habitat are the following:
2. cut it out
3. place it in your square
4. ask for the next piece of paper
5. repeat until done
We're not using glue because if you want you can take your land pieces home to play with, or you can leave them with me.
Pulling the habitat together, we're going to place the land around the hut. You can see from the picture that we had someone do a grassy (green) one, a mostly water (blue) one, and the black is the hut footprint and my meerkat desert is the yellow portion (not a square).
Another part of the presentation is putting the hut together and the other pieces.
Two of you will build the cage and two of you will build the hut with me and the land terrain and I will need one person to help with the station. The other two will build the landscape
how to build the Oambati station, which is the main piece of the setup.
1. put the walls together
3. place the roof on the top of the walls
The cage gets put together with the following steps.
1. Cage wiring goes inside the silver frame
2. Snap the back to the side pieces.
3. The front frame which is about the same size as the back snaps onto the wall side pieces
4. two columns go on the back to complete the shelf
5. the final step is to snap the gates into the front of the frame. The one without the lock goes on the right side (it is a little tricky, but it should swing out).
1. The tree limbs need leaves and those snap on top.
2. The plants can go in the holes any where they fit.
3. This is the easiest of the sets to put together.
I am going to tell you where the animals go. This is where I use my imagination and what I have learned about animals from books and watching a movie called Life, which is about animals and plants and how they live.
the cats can go in the cave or in the cage because the leopard just had cubs,
the zebra and the giraffe can go on the plants (because that is their habitat), and
the monkey can be in the tree.
The human can stand in front of the hut.
We hosted both sets of 'rents on the big day and had Amelia's favorite dinner: tacos (soft pan fried tortillas, hamburger, and beans) with dessert of Lemon Meringue pie made by Nana. Suddenly Chocolate Tillamook ice cream was the backup, but Nana made a great dessert we could all enjoy.
We had a lot of fun with turning 7 today. The original plan was to take a nature hike in the park for some flower picking but because the rain was heavy at times we scratched that idea and went to plan B which was art projects, snacks, and cheesecake.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
|These look like Silver Bells!!!|
|Michle , Jackie ,and Snowflake eating grass.|
|Disorderly Chicken named Hog|
|Jackie and Stripe looking for food|
|Camillias are bright pink and blooming|
|Don't these look like tulips?!|
|So do these!!!|
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Here's pictures from Jonathan Maus: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
The route for folks that are interested in how far we're likely to go is here at this GPS Link.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
In the engineering curriculum, I realized it was enough work to just worry about the striping on the street.
Amelia's project turned into just the cycletrack that she saw in the Netherlands.She said "the bike is a different level so it's safer." Amen, kid!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Skiing is still relatively new for the kids so there is a bit of exploration there. They enjoyed three days of the bunny hill with the exception of a trip down Home Run and one spectactular challenge (for Abby and I) of getting across the mountain on a different lift.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
This picture was from the top of the run called Home Run, which was the one that Ameila wanted to stay on the entire day. Abby was a little more adventurous today then on Saturday, so she did Milky Way which was adjacent to the Home Run.
The sun was obviously out and we were really lucky to have such wonderful weather as a part of the visit. It wasn't all perfect skiing though as Abby demonstrates in this fun photo. Susan is enjoying the moment laughing at her oldest daughter in a wicked sort of way :)
Amelia dominated the time with Dad and Abby and Susan enjoyed the time together crusing the hill alternating between the two runs. I love taking pictures of the kids in front of the signs as they get ready for the trip down. There's obviously a sense of accomplishment as they make it up and down the hill throughout the day.
The girls were so fast down the hill at the end of the day it seemed like we were on the lift more than we were skiing. The good news with that on a day like today was that the weather was perfect, almost too warm.