Monday, April 29, 2013

I'm bringin' home a baby bumble bee

In our city we can't keep bee hives.  I think that it is fear of swarming that keeps that in the laws.  We live in a subdivision with a smallish yard so it probably wouldn't work anyway.  What we can own is Mason Bees.  They are a native bee to North America and they don't live in colonies they live by themselves.  In town we have an amazing store called J.J. Cardinal's that carries all sorts of bird houses locally sourced bird foods and all things nature.  You walk in and it just has a wonderful feeling to it.  The owner collects the bees she sells from her own yard every year.  We purchased a starter set for about $20 and it has three females and three males.  We also bought cardboard tubes for the bees to set up for their offspring and of course a book.  I can never have too many books.  It looks like we will finally have enough warmth to set these babies out so they can warm up (right now they are napping in my refrigerator).    So what are you guys up to?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring Break

We had an awesome Spring Break last week.  The kids I baby sit for spent it with their dad so I just had Molly and Jack.   I don't think we've ever had such a fight free week.  Mostly we did nothing but playing around, the TV was only on probably a handful of hours the whole week. 


The one event we had been planning for weeks was checking out the new babies at Wolcott Mill Metropark.   It is a little bit of a drive for us and that was okay the kids didn't even bring their video games in the car we spent the whole time talking!  
Molly got to hold a baby goat for the first time (and I got to pet it) we very much wanted to take her home with us she was just so sweet.  

They also had candle dipping set up and the kids enjoyed that too.  I was surprised at Jack's patience with the process.  He loved how you could dip the wick in different colors and make rainbows.  
It was just the break from school we needed.