When asked Nature vs. Nurture, I am a Nature woman all the way. (Or at least most of the way.)

I could write for days about this, but sufficeth to say, I think most of our kids' choices are a reflection on themselves and not their parents.

But on the subject of bugs, I have triumphed over Nature, and taught my children to like bugs. Or, at least I taught Charlotte.  Ella has always liked bugs (Nature again). Charlotte, however, has been known to do the high-pitched squeal of terror when encountering even the most harmless of insects. I have worked very hard to stamp that out, and this is a picture of her and Ella passing a potato bug back and forth. The bug is not visible, so you will just have to trust me on this one.

Mission accomplished.



Ella has started spelling words without help, which has been a fun development. She made me a shopping list today, and I thought I'd share it.

Pees (peas)
Prokulee (broccoli)
Flars (flowers)
Pikshs (peaches)
Snoflaxe (snowflakes)
Hrse (horse)

I like that most of the list is reasonable, and then she snuck in horse at the end. Like being part of a reasonable list legitimizes the request.

Nice try.



Living it up in Brownsville this week. Yep. You read that right. Brownsville.

But, in all seriousness, we are having a lovely time. Exactly what I was looking for in a vacation. With the added bonus of catching glimpses of Mexico every time we drive to or from our hotel.

Yes. We are very close to the border.

But all I wanted in my life was a beach and swimming weather. And this was a win on both counts.

Beach day yesterday. Park, pool, and movie day today. Life is so good.


Summer is here!


We are supposed to have a high of 57F tomorrow. So I guess it depends on how you define 'summer'.

But today is 80F and we are out catching ladybugs and examining ant piles. So no complaints.