Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
More San Antonio Zoo pictures. It was really fun to see a new zoo. It's not as big as Houston, but because it was different we really enjoyed it. They had hippos, which we had never seen. The display was amazing. The water tank was glass, and we got to go to the hippo show with the zoo keeper encouraging the hippos to do tricks. Wow. Impressive animals! It also rained while we were there, which wouldn't have been such a big deal, but it also lightening and thundered, and of course, we ended up having to take shelter at the highest point in the zoo!! We were with some other families, and hightailed it for lower ground at the first break in the weather, but those strikes felt too close for comfort!
Our Houston Zoo pass had reciprocity with the San Antonio Zoo. So we squeezed in a trip right before it expired. One of our favorite parts was the butterfly exhibit. We got to go inside and see the many butterflies up close. If you're very still, the butterflies will land on you. If you're patient and careful, using the proper technique, you can even hold one. As you can see, the kids mastered their technique. It reminded me of an object lesson we used in Primary to teach the kids about reverence. Reverence is more than just being quiet, it's a state of mind. It's being still long enough to catch the spirit. Just like the kids worked to catch the butterflies.The kids also helped each other catch the butterflies. There's a lesson there too, relating to reverence, and helping others catch the spirit of reverence.
Ethan is very independent. He often creates art projects, and never asks for help. He uses what he finds around the house, and figures out how to use them to create what he wants. This year he entered a shoe box float at the county fair. His favorite animal is a white tiger, so he decided to make a white tiger for his float. He gathered his supplies and created his white tiger all by himself. He really wanted to add legs, but I wouldn’t let him stay up late to do so. The next morning I found him at 6 am, all ready for school, asking me, “Did I get up early enough to make the legs for my white tiger?” Yes, yes he did. His white tiger won Most Unique at the Comal County Fair. There were hundreds of entries from Kindergartners all over the county. They only gave three trophies. Ethan was one of them. He learned long ago not to wait around for me to help him or to get him supplies. It's not that I don't want to help, but he wants what he wants immediately, and I always need to finish the work I am doing before I can switch gears. So he gets his own supplies, cuts, glues, tapes, creates all on his own. It's darling!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
We enjoyed the fair! The kids rode a few rides, got a refreshing drink, listened to a band play, checked out the exhibits, including Ethan's float, and Angela and Sophie's entries into the fair (bread and cookies, respectively.) We are trying to embrace life in our cute new town!