Saturday, February 9, 2019

3.31.18 - Jacksonville Arboretum

In conjunction with the Girl Scouts "Bug" badge, we planned a field trip to the Jacksonville Arboretum.  It's smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest parts of the city & yet, you feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere.  The girls went on a scavenger hunt, they found Easter eggs scattered throughout the grounds with little messages in them that were oh-so perfect for growing Girl Scouts!  They learned about the different vegetation and searched for bug habitats throughout.  We saw a giant turtle & searched for gators.  The girls were little explorers and events like this are right up my alley!  We really had a great time!


Norah's super awesome, super sweet Kindergarten teacher invited Piper and I to her school today to help out with their Easter egg hunt and Spring party.  It was definitely a challenge being of any help with Piper in tow, but we had a great time helping where we could and being there to celebrate the fun times with Norah and her classmates.  I love that they all know my name.  I loved being as  involved as I could in her school this year.  I loved that I was able to wait with her at drop off every morning and got to know her friends.  She really was with a great group of kiddos this year and my anxiety over sending her to a school near the city was set at ease when I got to see just how much the teachers love our kiddos.


On our most recent trip to Hobby Lobby, Brad had this great idea to get the girls rubber band airplanes.  Boy, were they a big hit.  Brad only had to get the ladder out twice to get them out of the trees.  I'm pretty sure Piper's ended up on the roof at one point, too.  But, it was an afternoon of laughs and excitement.


This year Norah is a first year Daisy in Girl Scouts & I had the privilege, half way through the year, to be her Girl Scout leader.  She's in a combined troop of Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.  When we decided to do the Brownies "Bugs" badge, I jumped on the opportunity to use our butterfly garden that has been collecting dust in our closet.  We had a great time watching the caterpillars grow and hatch into butterflies and, after 2 weeks, they were due to be released prior to our weekly meeting.  So, the girls had the opportunity to release them into nature and it brought on a lot of emotions for these little ones.  I think I could get on board with pet butterflies, though. 😉



We took the girls out for the day to a Greek Festival where we got to watch them dance & we got to enjoy yummy food!  Outside they had a slew of bounce houses for the girls to play on and we ended the day with Fro-Yo!  What better way is there to spend an uneventful Saturday.

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Our last day at Disney, we woke up for a character breakfast at the Grand Floridian.  The girls played in the lobby with their new Shelly Mae teddy bears while we waited for our reservation. I must admit, the entire day at the park yesterday, Norah and Piper didn't ask for a single thing except this teddy bear. We were so amazed and it has become her new favorite thing!

The girls met Piglet & Pooh, Mary Poppins, and Alice before having to say goodbye!  Goodbyes are hard for childhood friends!  But, I'm so glad we have kept in touch over the miles!!