Welcome to my life. It's a whirlwind of kids, chaos, pets, people, family, art, and being home (most of the time; I like to get out here and there). We unschool, so the unexpected is, well, expected...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I just had to add some more pictures of my wonderful girls! Margaux is still trying to figure out how to swing, and Chamille is showing off her Naruto head band. She was a bit disgruntled about the other snow pictures of her. I told her that if she would stop putting her arms and hands in front of her face when I take a picture, that I could actually get a good one of her instead of trying to sneak one. So, she agreed to cooperate with me and pose nicely for this picture.
This is at the elementary school that is 1/2 a block from our house. It leads into a greenway with a few miles of trails and wildlife. It is the saving grace of living in the burbs after living in the city amid the action and bustle that comes with it. In the picture of Chamille, there is a house in the background, you can barely see it (upper left hand corner). Just on the other side of that house is the cul-de-sac that we live in.
The greenway also leads to a couple of grocery stores, restaurants, and a business area, where my hubby, conveniently, works. Sometimes we walk over there and take him lunch, usually in the summer when the weather is nice. There are little playgrounds throughout the greenway, nicely placed as a little kid would be tired of walking. The actual trail goes for many miles, but you have to cross roadways to continue. In the summer we bike for a few miles and end up at a really cool meadow with an awesome playground. Usually, though, if we are walking, we just stay within our greenway area. Within that area there are 7 small playgrounds not counting the school. Some of them are just swings and slide, but some have jungle gyms or basketball courts, and one tennis court. There is even an old horse shoe pit, but I've never seen anyone using it. I wonder if anyone knows about it?
Yesterday when we were out trudging through the snow we, or rather I, saw a blue heron fly right over our heads. I honestly don't know how both the girls missed it! It was huge and RIGHT there just a mere few feet over our heads. There is so much wildlife there, including coyotes. The entire greenway system follows creeks and rivers all the way to the Willamette River and the Tualatin River, but we haven't figured out how to do it yet. It would be a pretty long trek.
Today, the snow is still there, but it is melting a little because it is above freezing. The weather forecast says that there is a chance of more snow.... We shall see.... We've all got our fingers crossed!!!!

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