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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Habitat Week (Wetlands)

Our first day of Habitat Week felt like a busy one! Scripture study with breakfast, daily worksheet, a few library books about creatures that live in wetland areas (alligators, ducks, snakes, mosquitos, beavers, frogs, turtles, fish, slugs, leaches,etc.), plus a little brainstorming of our own. Then we drove off to violin/math at Mrs. Sorenson's house - packing our clipboards with us in the car for our next adventure: straight to the bayou for lunch!

What? How could she have lunch in a bayou when she lives in Utah, you ask? Have you never been to Pirate Island? :) Their entire back section of the restaurant is themed like a swamp, complete with a soundtrack of frogs, crickets, and mosquitos. The kids had no idea where we were headed when I told them we were going to the swamp for lunch! We sat in that section of the restaurant drawing the things we heard/saw for about 10 minutes. Then we went to our table, ordered pizza and party-partied.

As it turns out, I'm not a big fan of arcade games, but there is really no way around them at this place. None of my kids are skilled at any of the games, but the have to play them anyway. After playing $5 worth of tokens, we had accumulated a mere 35 tickets. Guess what we could "buy" with that? 6 bite-sized tootsie roll candies. Thanks for nothing, Pirate Island.

But it was fun to get out of the house, and my kids walked away from Pirate Island thinking it was very "Princess and the Frog"-ish, which I hadn't considered. Maybe if I were a nicer mom, I would have let my kids watch that movie on our wetlands day of Habitat Week.

After Pirate Island we had a number of errands to take care of on that end of town, so that was pretty much the day. If we'd had more time I would have done some solid, liquids, gases lessons. Oh well, another day!

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