The Fun Never Stops

Happy Thanksgiving friends! We had an interesting first experience last night. We were getting ready to put some kiddos to bed, and my husband decided to take a little bedtime snack out to the dog while the boys were changing into pajamas. Apparently a bat came in when my husband came in. We were kind…

Queen Regina

Meet the queen. THE queen. The Queen. Queen Regina. And, just so you know, that would be the Latin pronunciation of Regina, using a hard-g sound in Latin, not the soft-g sound in English.   This was the absolute largest mantis I’ve ever seen before. Hence the reason the boy named her Regina, which means…

Homeschool on the ‘Stead

We don’t officially homeschool year ’round, though that idea appeals to me. We never really stop homeschooling, but we also kinda do take a lengthy break. However, that lengthy break is still filled with research, learning opportunities, field trips, and lots o’ reading. We may not sit at the table and do math work, but we still exercise…

The Facts of Life

We may be new to homesteading, but we aren’t new to having to say goodbye to critters we love. The past week has been one of those times when my sweet youngest boy has had to learn how to say goodbye to something he loves even when he wasn’t ready to. For me it’s easy…

Hornworm Karma

Hawk moths. Sphinx moths. Hornworm moths. Whatever you want to call them. They are absolutely beautiful. But their larva form, the hornworm caterpillar, is pretty destructive. I will admit, they are beautiful and fascinating to look at. If you’ve never seen one, here ya go. As you can see, they get pretty big. A caterpillar…

Turtles on 122

My youngest son loves rainy days at 122. Rainy days mean the turtles come out. We have enjoyed watching and learning about the Eastern box turtles. We tend to only see them on drizzly days or just after the rain. So far we have identified four individuals. Two males and two females. They tend to…

Bird Nests and Pellets

Back in March, we started watching birds build their nests in our front landscaping. We loved watching a cardinal family building their little home in one of our Arborvitae trees. There were a total of three nests between two Arborvitae trees, one in a maple next to the house, and two more on gutter elbows…

Junior Entomologist

My youngest son loves all things living. I post frequently on Instagram showing him holding something that lives and breathes. This week it has been a handful of Hercules beetles. I must say, the Hercules beetle finds have easily been the absolute coolest creatures we have ever found. We have found a total of three…