Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Played around a little with "focal black and white"...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Send Us Some Leaves!!

Photo from Google Images

Maya's teacher is planning on doing some fall leaves activities with the kids in a few weeks. For the project, she would like them to collect colorful fall leaves from different parts of the country. If you have some fall leaves you would like to send to us, we would love it! They are light, so you should be able to just use a regular stamp. Any help with this will be appreciated!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our Storm

We had a huge storm here a little over a week ago. Maya was at school at the time, Rick had just arrived home from work and Shayne and I had just arrived home from running some errands (we were on fall break already). Sheets and sheets of rain fell and the trees were bending and blowing fiercely. Anyway, we the rain and wind subsided after about 10 or 15 minutes and we heard a knock at the door. It was one of our neighbors to tell us that a tree had fallen on Rick's car. This is the one he uses for work. A tree from someone's yard fell on the carport, which fell right onto the car. The pictures aren't great as they were taken with Rick's phone, and I can't seem to get them any bigger, but you get the idea.

Soon after we discovered the car, it was time to go pick up Maya about 2 miles south of our house. It took way longer than normal to get there due to many fallen trees, flooded streets and the traffic lights being out. When we finally got there, the normal 5 minute ride had taken about 20 minutes and poor Maya and her classmates were very anxious. Later we learned that the power had gone out in her classroom during the storm and a tree had fallen about 10 feet away from the room also. Her room has no windows, so it must have been pitch black and with all of the noises from outside, and considering most of these kids have sensory and anxiety issues anyway, it was quite a situation I'm sure. She was visibly upset when we picked her up but calmed quickly. We were grateful no one was hurt. Here are a few AZ Republic articles about our crazy weather if you are interested in reading more:

Wind, rain, hail clobber Valley

Arizona Weather Turns Wilder

Friday, October 15, 2010

Indoor Activities...

One of our favorite places to go when it is hot outside, which it is at least 4 months of the year here, is the Mesa Southwest Museum. It is a 15 minute drive from home and has lots of great hands-on activities for the kids.

Digging for dinosaur bones

Doing a dinosaur rubbing

Playing dinosaurs

Drawing a T-Rex

Being on TV with the green screen

When wrapped in green, they just show up on the TV screen as a floating head

In the copper mine

Panning for gold