Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Calvert Cliffs Day Trip

We visited Calvert Cliffs two springs ago, and have been meaning to go back since then. Unfortunately, the complicated pregnancy last summer made it a no-go last year. Then having two kids and trying to figure out how to hike that trail with a traditional stroller and wearing a baby and still having a bag with us seemed pretty complicated. Enter the new Phil & Ted's stroller that I found on craigslist about a month ago! Somewhat on a whim, we packed up and headed out this morning. The trail to the beach is 1.8 miles each way, and not especially stroller friendly, but the P&T did just fine!! It was a nice walk and we saw plenty of critters along the way: snakes, butterflies, lizards, turtles, frogs, and more. I think I got better pictures during the last visit, but we definitely spent more time hanging on the beach this time!

Jillian liked the flowers on these trees we found along the trail, and even cooperated and posed for a picture!

Snakey snakey.

Turtle catching some rays.

Butterfly with a broken wing :-(

Looking up the beach at the cliffs.

Jillian wanted to hold the ladybug.

Jessie hanging on the picnic blanket.

Jilly before changing into a bathing suit - she got soaked! (I feel the need to mention here that she picks out her own outfits, so occasionally if she's wearing something not matching or a little strange, yeah...that's her choice!)

Jilly just loves the water, and it was nice and warm!

Our little setup. Jess decided that she preferred hanging in the stroller.

And the obligatory self portrait attempt!

Another One of THOSE Posts

Let's see...what's new around here? Not much, but we've been keeping busy.

John suggested a craft to make with those styrofoam trays that meat and sausage come packaged with - stamps! I washed one really good and made Jillian some dinosaur stamps by drawing on them with pencil and attaching handles (aka, wine bottle corks). They probably would have worked better with just ink pads rather than paint, but it was fun anyhow.

Jessica hung out and was cute while Jillian painted.

Our baby robins have grown up and flown away. I happened to see them the last morning they were here, waiting to get fed again. And then I saw them leave the nest and take flight one by one.

Here they are in the nest the last morning. It was getting pretty cramped in there!

This is the first one that left the nest.

And the last one...this one wasn't so sure about the whole thing, and sat on that branch for probably an hour before taking flight. It was really cool for Jillian to be able to see the whole thing from the time we had four little blue eggs to the morning they left their nest.

Finally it's getting warm enough consistently to get the kids in the kiddie pool. I scrubbed out the crud over the weekend and filled it up for the girls earlier this week. Jessie only toughed it out for about ten or fifteen minutes, because the water was still a little on the chilly side, but Jilly played in it for about an hour and a half!!

Oh...these girls are gonna be trouble!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Our Birds

On the side of our house, aka in our garden, we have a tree. And the tree top is pretty much level with the window in our living room. At the end of April, I looked out and saw something blue. In fact, it was several somethings inside a nest!

*Warning: low-quality pictures ahead!*

And then...they hatched!

There are four baby Robbins living in our tree! Jillian loves to check on them and see Mommy and Daddy Robbin bring worms and caterpillars for their babies!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cop Out Collage

I've wanted to take Jillian to Assateague for a while now, and figured that May would be a pretty good time to do it. So we packed up and headed to Ocean City yesterday, hit the beach in the afternoon, stayed at my aunt's place (thank you Aunt Betsy!), and went to Assateague this morning. There were no horses to be spotted while we were there, though we did signs of them (poop and hoofprints). This being Jessie's first beach experience, I took lots of pictures. they are!