March 13, 2014

Lil' Explorer Thursdays

It was a nice day today, with mild, mid-40 degree weather. It was a perfect day to do something, anything, as long as it was outside of the house. Every Thursday morning through much of the winter and into the spring, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hosts Lil' Explorer Thursdays. In an open area of the conservatory there are rugs and tables set up with various activities, all tied into a theme. Today's activities all focused on seeds, plants, and trees. After planting a seed to take home, playing in a seed sensory bin, putting together a tree puzzle, and counting out apples and oranges to put on a paper tree, we moved on to touring the gardens in the conservatory, then the zoo.

Dancing Like She Doesn't Care Who's Watching

Playing deadmau5 always results in dance parties.

March 9, 2014

Winter Thaw

I don't dare say that spring is arriving just yet. There's still time for winter and well below freezing temperatures to return. But I can at least say that the feeling that winter is eternal is slowly beginning to ebb away.

Also disappearing is our snow pack. It's not melting quickly, but it is melting. There is a visible difference between today and a few days ago.

Temperatures today reached into the low 40s. If the sun shines tomorrow, we might hit 50 degree.

I helped Evie into her winter gear this afternoon and she spent over an hour outside playing in the snow. Even when she went back inside the house, it was only because she lost both of her snow boots in the snow (trying to climb through a deep section) and I ushered her inside while I retrieved them.

Sand toys turned snow toys

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