|In the orchard-- in the tree!|
|Playing Nine Men's Morris|
|Playing the Scrambled States game|
Once we all met up back at home at the end of the day, we decided to head out fishing. We walked around the pond trying out different areas to fish until they found their "honey hole." Ian caught a few bass and a pickerel. Alec caught a bass too, but Evan mostly just caught weeds and cattails. We saw frogs, tadpoles, and turtles as well as many fish. They had a great time fishing and no one wanted to go home and eat dinner even though it was almost bedtime already.
|Alec's bass (he won't touch it!)|
|So very peaceful!|
We headed out to Southwick's Zoo where all the boys participated in a zoo wide scavenger hunt. They filled in all their answers and each got a prize at the end of the day. There were quite a few questions on each of the scavenger hunt papers that we hadn't known so we set out to find the answers. Some of the answers we learned by reading the signs, but many required us to ask questions of various people working in the park. Alec eagerly talked to everybody asking them questions and even asking them to spell the answers if he didn't know how. We learned that Mandrills are part of the monkey family (not the ape family like we thought). We learned what an Oryx is; it's a type of antelope and one that we've never managed to notice at the zoo before. We watched the bird show and a few other animal ecology shows. We rode the train through the elk forest and saw swans, elks, wild turkeys, geese, etc. We learned the names of the giraffes and what a docent does. The boys got to touch a Tagu lizard (which feels a bit like a basketball or a cluster of seed beads). We had a nice picnic, some ice cream and a great day walking around looking at all the animals.
|Learning about the green iguana|
|Getting their prizes|
After supper all the boys wanted fish for a bit off the dock. They caught a few fish and it seemed like every time my husband and I came in the house to clean up from dinner they'd catch another one. I thought I was going to be left on my own to clean up the kitchen but Ian offered to help Alec take off his fish that he caught. He couldn't wait to tell us that he managed to get another fish off of a hook. I couldn't wait to praise him for being so nice to his brother. It ended up being a great weekend. We kept busy yet it was at a nice relaxing pace enjoying the outdoors, soaking up the sun being surrounded by nature.