Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring break at the park

It was a beautiful day at the park today.  We spent most of the day outside enjoying the sunshine.




Wesley playing basketball

Wesley shooting around before practice starts




Parent-kid game on the last day

Wesley shooting (and making it) for about the fifth time.  He was definitely the ringer for the kids' team (and the oldest).

Friday, March 27, 2015

Claire's ballet 'celebration'

Posing before her last ballet class of the session

Warmups

Giggling at the barre with her friends



The "Love for Hugs" song




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Claire in the Opera

Practicing beforehand with the cast

Getting her bird costume before the show starts

Sitting in the bird cage with her friends


Singing one of the opening songs while the puppet show above gives a quick recap of the background story

Dancing with the Beast

Big smiles for the camera

Posing for photos afterwards with the Prince, Tooty Fruity, Beauty, the Magic Waterfall, and the Father (from left to right)

Claire in Beauty and the Beast

The Opera for the Young came to Claire's school and performed Beauty and the Beast.  Claire and two other children in her class (and others from the school) were chosen to be the bird chorus.  Here is a video of part of the performance from today.  I'll post some pictures next.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Science project update

As an update, a few hours after we hung the apples, we had our first customer.  A squirrel chowed on the Jonagold apple until it chewed through the electrical cable holding the apples to the fence (I guess this is how squirrels cause electrical fires in attics).  Once the apples came partially loose, the squirrel discovered the Opal (gold) apple and decided it was amazing.  It eventually left, and we tied the apples back on the fence.   Here are some pictures of the visit by Squirrel #1.

Eating the Jonagold apple (on the backside of the fence)

Freaked out because the apples fell

Trying to find out where it's yummy treat went.

There it is!

Trying out a different angle

Bored with the Jonagold

Loving the Opal apple

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wesley's science project

Wesley's school has their annual science fair (Muireka!) in April, and he decided that he wanted to do a project this year.  We started the project this weekend.  His question is "what kind of apples do squirrels like best?"  We bought four different kinds of apples yesterday, did our own taste test to get descriptions of the apples' qualities, and set up the squirrels' feeding test today.  Here are some pictures that we took to document the experiment.

The four apple types that Wesley picked out at the store (clockwise from top left): Granny Smith, Jonagold, Red Delicious, and Opal.  We also took pictures of the piles of apples at the store (including price to see if squirrels only go for the expensive kinds) to use on the poster.

Wesley determined that the best way to keep the squirrels from running off with the apples was to drill holes through the center and use wire or cable to tie them to our fence posts.  Here he is drilling the apples with Dad.

His first string of apples.  We're going to watch them for a few days and monitor what gets eaten.  Then, we'll repeat it again next week to see what happens a second (and maybe third time).

View from the back (taken by Wesley)

View from the front (taken by Claire)