Cave Of The Mounds

Today, I took the boys to Cave Of The Mounds. I figured that they had never seen it that they would love it! I was dead on! They thought that it was so cool to go down into the cave and see all of the stalactites and stalagmites. They also really enjoyed "Total Darkness". They turned out all of the lights in one part of the cave and we got to see what it was like. The tour guide said that it was even darker than in your closet. I could not even see my hand in front of my face. This is the tallest stalagmite. It is 17 feet and growing. It grows about an inch every 100 years
This is what our guide called "Cave Bacon."
Just a cool picture of a rock
A smaller cave off of the main cave
Water and the rocks
Me and the boys in the cave
Cave picture
This rock formation is called "Polly The Parrot" If you look you can see her tail and head
Another of Polly
That tall thing in the center is a pillar. It is made when a stalactite and a stalagmite meet
Just a cool picture
See those tiny stalactites to the right? They are called Soda Straws and they are hollow in the middle. They grow at 1 inch for every 100 yearsCool
The boys thought that this looked like a man
A Beehive or Torpedo
Pretty colors
There is a line on the right of this picture. It is called a life line. That is how water and minerals get to the cave. Most everything is growing on or below the life line
This is called Grandpa's Whisker
A cool looking stalactite
Later the boys got to try sluicing. They found a lot of cool things
Kellen checking out one of his finds
Kellen sluicing
The tray with some rocks in it
Ethan sluicing
I changed the format of the pictures and they seem quite small to me. I will not do this again. If you want to see the pictures in more detail just click on them.


Dinner With Uncle Ben and Aunt Marie

On Saturday night we went over to Uncle Ben and Aunt Marie's house. We had a great dinner and saw the lizards. But, the real reason we went was to meet Lola! Uncle Ben and Aunt Marie's new puppy. Lola is a 10 week old Belgian Sheepdog. She was full of energy as most puppy's are and so cute. The boys loved playing with her except for when she nipped at them. Jared giving Lola a belly rub
Lola resting a bit
Look how cute
I love the way her ears perk up
Lola loves chewing on a golf club
Ethan playing with Lola
Jared said he zigged when he should have zagged and he ended up on the ground with Lola right there to tackle him!
If she had not closed her eyes this would have been a very good picture of Lola
Lola on the mound of snow
Lola had just stuck her head in the snow in this picture
Ethan and Gloria. You can barely see her because he wrapped her up to keep her "warm"
Kellen and Misty
Misty stuck to April's shoulder
April and Misty
Misty on April's shoulder. Misty is April's favorite


Happy Valentine's Day!

Kellen's Valentine's Day party was Friday afternoon. I went in and did the fun project with the kids. We also had sundaes and lots of other treats! I did not make it to Ethan's party with the camera. So here are some pictures of Kellen's class! Kellen's class
Kellen and Ms. Loker
Kellen and some kids
The kids looking through their Valentine bags
More of Kellen looking through his bag

Sleeping Handsome

Last week Ethan asked me if he could have a sleep mask to keep the light out. I happened to have one and let him try it out. I have since given it to him and he loves it. When I see these pictures all I can think of is Sleeping Beauty but Ethan is a boy so I call them Sleeping Handsome. Below are pictures of Ethan sleeping with the mask on.

The Case of the Pillow (Get It?)

Grandma and Grandpa Teche gave the boys a pillow case to color. Ethan did his the very next day! Ethan working on his pillow case
The finished product.
Kellen has begun to work on his so I will add pictures when he is finished