Category Archives: Natural Happenings

I Dub Thee, Gigantor!

Gigantor! with and exclamation point because he was easily the largest grasshopper I’ve ever seen.

He was seriously huge.  And super handsome.  The undersides of his wings were vibrant pink!

Der, Conrad, and I took turns holding him, I don’t think he cared for it.

I love Conrad’s expression, when the grasshopper leapt off of his shoulder.

He was super excited and also a little freaked out.

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The last of the Pinetop photos

We were playing a cool monster/dice/drawing game while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful Pinetop weather.   You roll a die 6 times and draw the corresponding monster body parts.  I know this is where I should show you the finished monsters, but I don’t have photos of them.  I do encourage you to go draw your own though.  Find the printable here.

Boy that sun sure was bright!

Two things you should know about Ami are he loves ducks, and he almost always has food on his shirt, face, or both.

Ignore the glaring sun and smile boys 🙂

No trip up north would be complete without roasting marshmallows for s’mores.

Or as Ami likes to call it, “fishing for marshmallows”.

Notice the food on his face, but to be fair, I think we all had food on our face at this point.

This photo made me do a double take when I downloaded it.  Even though I took it and I knew Keegan wasn’t on our trip, I thought this was Keeg at first…and then I realized it was our man-boy Jeremia.  No matter how much you think you are soaking up your kids when they are young, it’s never enough, they still always grow too fast.

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Hidden Hearts

I love hearts, more specifically, I love finding hearts.

Here’s a heart I found in my sandwich a few weeks ago.

Thanks to Instagram for helping me commemorate the awesome pepper!

A while back I discovered that dried out Yucca seed pods look like hearts when separated, so I took to fiddling with them.

The one in the middle is my favorite by far.  Not pictured are the 20 others that I varnished and glittered and one that I turned into a necklace.  I know I’ve said it repeatedly, but there just isn’t enough time to experiment and create all of the things that are bouncing around in my head.

Finding “hidden” hearts make me positively giddy and I have been known to squeal like a little girl, when I see one.  It has caught on with Der and the boys, for whenever they see one they point it out, because they know it will make my day.

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Trail Riding In Pinetop

Trail riding together as a family was so much fun.

Der taught the boys to skip rocks at a little watering hole.  We saw bear tracks right at the waters edge.

Conrad and I missed the memo telling us that is was green T-shirt day.

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On the way to our Pinetop adventure

We rented a cabin/house in Pinetop/Lakeside last week.  Here are some photos from the drive there…sorry if you’ve already seen some of them on FB.

Is this some sort of rose?  They look like baby apples with green crowns.

 

The shot below is a closeup of the flowers in the above shot.

Ahhhhh….nature, how I love thee!  Oh and Instagram, I love thee too!

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Natures Gifts

Derek and I have taken to collecting beautiful bits of nature.  We call them gifts.  Gifts that have been put in our path for us to find and adore.  I like to think of them as little cherished messages from Benny.

Der has a knack for finding dead butterflies intact.  Recently, he brought me the most beautiful one of all.

The poor thing had been stuck to a grill on one of the rental cars at Der’s work.

Isn’t it beautiful!?!

Other gifts.

At first glance I thought it was a piece of poo, but no, it’s a GIANT empty cocoon.  Now that I know it’s not poo, I think it looks like something out of a scifi movie.

We found these feathers at the zoo, but I have no idea what birds they are from.

Polka dots are just cool!

Every time I see a butterfly I say “hi” to Benny.  Before he passed I told him he could send us messages with butterflies and rainbows, and so he does…and hearts too.

This is a piece of bark.  I found on the ground just waiting for me to see it.

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Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Spray

I was inspired by This Pin on Pinterest and just had to make my own citrus vinegar cleaning spray.

Weeks ago, I put the peels from lemons, grapefruits and oranges into separate mason jars.  Then I poured white vinegar over them, until the jars were full.  I used my huge jars.  Smaller ones may have been a better choice, since now I have a decades worth of citrus vinegar.  If you were my neighbor I’d share with you, so you wouldn’t have to make your own.  I’d also give you lots of free eggs, from our egg factory out back.  We are swimming in eggs.  But alas you are not my neighbor, you may want to reevaluate your living situation.  Free eggs and citrus vinegar, those are perfectly valid reasons to move, just sayin’.

And now I’ve gotten off track.  Focus, Amy, focus.

They were so pretty, I let them sit on the counter.

They sat there for about 3 weeks.  The directions called for 2 weeks, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt if they sat a little longer.

When I felt they were all sufficiently marinated, I poured each type into a separate spray bottle, half way, with a funnel.  Then I topped them off with H2O.

My favorite one is the grapefruit, not pictured because I put that in my empty Mrs. Meyers spray bottle and was too lazy to peel the label off, so I didn’t take a photo.  Mrs. Meyer’s is awesome, but homemade citrus vinegar is WAY cheaper!

It smells good, cleans well, is cheap and super easy to make, so why isn’t everyone doing this?

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