Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This morning, a new flower bloomed in my backyard beds. She is a new addition to our yard this year, given to me by a friend. I found this Columbine flower particularly interesting, because of its long nectar spurs. (Do I sound like a biologist yet? LOL)
Come to find out, Darwin once thought that plants with the longest nectar spurs and pollinators with the longest tongues (like bees and hummingbirds) would be favored by natural selection, and continue to drive the plants' spurs and the pollinator tongues to really long lengths.
But it turns out that the plants evolve nectar spurs to match the tongue-lengths of the pollinators. It was a long study, but pretty interesting stuff. So this Columbine in my backyard is actually smart enough to grow its nectar spurs just long enough for a bee's tongue to drink. Wow. And now you know.
(Isn't Castro Academy's online campus great? Ha ha!)
Anyway, off to launder while the baby sleeps!
Emma had her very first coach pitch softball game last night and it was a blast! The "Blue Wave" won 2-0 and looked AWESOME! The girls did really well!
Here they are, warming up before the big game!
That's our Emma, number 0, with the 2 little dark braids.
Evan tried on a helmet for fun. Can you believe that one day soon, he'll be playing ball, too??
(I have a feeling Auntie Pickle will love this pic...)
Up to bat....Emma!!!
...and she hits the ball! Off to first base!
(Look at that proud smile!)
On first base, and looking oh so proud!
Up to bat again, and showing her balancing skills
Congrats to Emma & The Blue Wave!
Here's to a great start of a season!
Emma was in opening ceremonies at school today THREE times! I knew she was going to be recognized for her swim team state champions, but I DIDN'T know that she was also going to be reciting a poem she wrote AND be recognized for her softball team, too! Good thing I was there to capture it all for those of you that couldn't be!
Isabel, Emma, & Jack each read a poem they wrote for the school.
This was the recognition of their softball team, "The Wave".
This was the Stillwater Shockers Swim Team Recognition. Principal Rains asked them all which event was their favorite.
The three littles, Isabel, Em, & Gavin
Recently, we came across this article in USA Today about John's "Gruncle" Joe. He has dedicated his life to the town he lives in and is so passionate about his work that we rarely catch a glimpse of him on visits, as he is shuffling out the door to go to practice or a game. What a wonderful thing to be noticed in the nationwide press among the grusome & sad news that seem to overpower the media these days.
Congratulations, "Granpa Joe"! We love you!