It was Halloween a few days ago.
I've been sick for the past week. I think I may be dying. I'm not really. It just feels that way. I have kidney stones. I've been collected by an ambulance and taken to the emergency room twice in the past 6 days and just yesterday spent even more time there. Some days are better than others and right now seeing as I'm sitting in my office chair and not in my big green recliner it's a good day so far.
My point to sharing this is I missed Halloween. I spent the first half of the day in the hospital. The second half in that comfy green recliner in the living room with a heat pack, water, soup, cranberry juice and pain killers by my side. I missed the Halloween party at school, wasn't able to take the kids trick or treating (they went with their dad), and couldn't even hand out candy at home (thank you teenager for taking over). We didn't even put decorations out, just a pumpkin and a few spiders along the path.
So I'm going to pretend that I didn't miss Halloween. In my mind, it was actually a couple of weeks ago when we went to a special trick or treating Halloween event at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center with friends. Now that was a great day, there were costumes, crafting, trick or treating, good friends and lots of fun.
I enrolled the kids in a couple of sessions of Jr. Ranger camp over the summer at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. During the two day camps they attended they learned all about owls and studied animal and bird tracks.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that they attended the Lil Rangers camp last summer too.
This year though I emailed the camp director ahead of time and asked if I could move the kids into the Jr Ranger camp. They didn't quite meet the age cut-off (by just a couple of months) but when I read the activities that they would be doing, particularly studying owls, which I have such a love for, I needed them to be a part of it.
September 28, 2013 is National Public Lands Day.
On this day, you get free admission to National Parks.
Over at Rusty and Rosy I've put together 20 fun and educational nature activities kids can do when visiting National Parks ... or even your local park.
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I'm very quickly becoming a huge fan of ConsumerCrafts.com, and it's not just because they send me craft supplies, although I do really like that.
This past week I received a fabulous surprise on my door step from them, a box containing all kinds of craft goodies.
Before I tell you all about the amazing Pin It To Win It contest they have going on right now, I want to share a quick spring craft project with you. I couldn't resist delving straight into the box and making something special for Miss M who has been sick the past couple of days.
She absolutely loved these little butterflies. The entire project took no more than 30 minutes, and to see her smile, it was worth every second.