Saturday, May 13, 2017

Out of the Ballpark Home Run!

An out-of-the-ballpark home run! She's had home runs before, but never over the fences and into the slough! Someone always tries to retrieve the balls as souvenirs for the kids and this one came back muddy and soaked. Super awesome!

 Charles took the video - I was en route to taking G to a birthday party. We pulled over to watch it and yelled inside the car! (I might have cried a little too.)

 The video begins with her at-bat and you see a ball, then a runner stealing base ahead of her. Her home run swing is at 45 seconds.  Watch the home plate umpire as he realizes it is a homer - he's always encouraging and cheering for K (and for all the kids) and it is fun to see his enthusiasm.  He found another ball and wrote the date, etc. on it as another souvenir for her too and then chatted with her for a long time after the game, telling her how he just knew she was going to nail one over the fences soon.  Super sweet.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vocabulary Presentation on the Origins of the Word Baseball

The assignment for this class was to create a presentation in which the students explored the origin of any word that interests them. Not surprisingly, K chose "baseball." The presentation turned out pretty well and I learned a few things watching it!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shot Putt Divisional Champion

Her best throw is 31.6 and on this day she threw her second best - 30.7 - which was enough for the meet win.  Now on to the Championships...

Love this picture because it looks far even in the photo.

Throw #2

With teammates and coaches

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Entomology at Home

We finally got our boxes of ladybug larvae, caterpillars, and praying mantis egg sacks.  The caterpillars we've done before and they are just for fascination and fun; the other two are new and fascinating to see.

Ladybug larvae, now molting away....

Caterpillars

Praying Mantis egg sack

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vocabulary Class

K's word of the week was featured again in her online class.  She has to find a new word or two each week, but this week we were rushing and so, rather than look at something she is reading (some of her adult history books use big-ish words) I tossed her an article I had been reading for my writing group and said, "look through this."  The teacher must have wondered how she came across "sapphic" and "epithalamium" in her weekly reading.  Took me a lot longer than her 12 years to come across them myself - esoteric, indeed!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Black Phoebe Family

We learned that the male bird shows the female bird several nest locations, then she chooses and builds the nest.  It was our good fortune that a nook above our front door was among her choices and that she chose us, for we got to watch her building her nest and then watch the eggs hatch into three chicks.  We got used to watching the parents - I could even distinguish their chirping in the wee hours of the morning - and we'd all come out of the house and peer up at the nest to see if we could catch sight of any babies.  First it was just "maybe" glimpses of beaks, but eventually they were too big to hide.  When they were full grown and indistinguishable from their parents, we knew that they'd be taking off.  K actually saw the first one do so, with a parent on the fence chirping encouragement.  Eventually the other two left too and suddenly it is quiet and lonely on the front porch...

A PS (a week later):  Two of the Black Phoebes sleep next to the nest!  I was outside letting Puck out yesterday evening just after dark and saw the familiar motion of a bird swooping down.  One landed on the porch railing and cheeped at me!  I looked up and could see another still nesting there - not IN the nest, but next to it (we learned recently that birds don't sleep in nests except to sit on eggs).  Such a small thing but it made me happy.  We also learned that BPs may lay two sets of eggs in one season and may re-use nests, so we're keeping our eyes on it.  (Any start to a new pile of poop like the one we cleaned up yesterday will be another sign!  :-)

One of the parents

Beaks barely visible

Definitely up there, eyes closed, beaks open!

Just about full grown and ready to fly away...