While camping, we came across these interesting shapes in the rocks. They were everywhere. “Fossils! Trilobites!”, Kid shouted, running around in excitement. He studied them for hours without distraction. During campfire, he talked about them intently teaching me how they were formed, and how they used to be very deep on the bottom of the lake. I couldn’t believe that some of these are from millions of years ago, and that our landscape has changed so much that we can now walk along the rocks at the lakefront and find such beautiful relics.

“Check out the horseshoe crab when we get home,” he said “and then you can see how they haven’t changed much at all over the years!”  WOW was I really amazed when I googled that later!  I vaguely remember him telling me about these things before, but now that I was looking at them, feeling them, experiencing their awesomeness first hand, suddenly he was able to keep my attention.  It must be very difficult for Kid to try to teach me anything!

Three paintings

There is a little gallery in the town nearby that does art lessons for kids. I love the way this particular art teacher guides them step by step, but encourages them to find their own style.

These three paintings are what Kid has brought home from the last few classes. bird in tree kid painting

Cardinal in Tree


water reflections at sunset kid

Water Reflections at Sunset


forest kid painting

Three Trees

Dragon Breath by Ursula Vernon


This book was a hit with Kid. He read it and then went out and got the next one from the library very enthusiastically. He likes how every page or two there is a drawn picture. Though he has tolerated the books without the pictures, he does much prefer the ones with some visuals. Kid says this book is very surreal and fun with lots of adventures.