At the Lake

IMG_1366One of the things I love about summer is hanging out at the lake. We’re in Minnesota, so there are lakes within a few miles no matter which direction we head, and one area lake is fantastic for finding fossilized sharks’ teeth and arrowheads.  Talk about taking you back in time! IMG_1363

We didn’t find any remarkable finds last time we went, but we did find treasures.

IMG_1417The little ones each filled an egg carton with their favorite finds (shells, a dead monarch, pretty rocks, fish bones, and so forth). IMG_1361


Alex and I had fun taking silly selfies.


IMG_1379And even Toria got in on one with her mama.  😉 With my oldest baby  <3

This is why we put up with all that cold and snow.    We appreciate this so much more when it does come!  🙂



A Trip to Big Talbot Island

I know I still haven’t written much about our trip to St. Augustine in May, but I had to share some pictures of Big Talbot Island.  Victoria, Jack, Alex and I spent an afternoon there and it was one of our favorite parts of the trip.

Located on one of Northeast Florida’s unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location for nature study, bird-watching and photography.

Visit The Bluffs and enjoy a picnic at one of the pavilions overlooking the water or take a quick stroll down the trail to Boneyard Beach. The unique beach is famous for the salt-washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that once grew near the shore.

The pictures speak for themselves….






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This is where I could list off 50 things we learned and discussed through that little adventure.  More than that, though, it was just a memorable, magical place.


Printable Stroop Test!

Here’s a little fun to do with the kiddos.  The Crafty Classroom has a free printable Stroop test.  It’s harder than it looks!  🙂

She doesn’t go into the science behind it but here’s good info from Neuroscience for Kids:

The famous “Stroop Effect” is named after J. Ridley Stroop who discovered this strange phenomenon in the 1930s. Here is your job: name the colors of the following words. Do NOT read the words…rather, say the color of the words. For example, if the word “BLUE” is printed in a red color, you should say “RED”. Say the colors as fast as you can. It is not as easy as you might think!

As for what’s happening…

The words themselves have a strong influence over your ability to say the color. The interference between the different information (what the words say and the color of the words) your brain receives causes a problem. There are two theories that may explain the Stroop effect:

  1. Speed of Processing Theory: the interference occurs because words are read faster than colors are named.

  2. Selective Attention Theory: the interference occurs because naming colors requires more attention than reading words.