Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wintertime fun

It's been a rather snowy winter and while snow isn't so much fun for adults (shoveling, driving dangers), it is great fun for kids. Kiefer and Saskia love to help shovel. On February 9th we got a LOT of snow--20+ inches (51 cm). Saskia didn't find it too much fun, though, because she couldn't walk through it! Kiefer happily helped following me and Roel with his shovel.

The kids have enjoyed sledding

and igloo building


and Kiefer even got to try out cross country skiing!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Birds of prey

Since we've been on the hunt for a house, we've dragged the kids to countless open houses. Kiefer had really had enough and so I decided, as a surprise, to take him to a birds of prey presentation at a local school. Because Aunt Janice taught him lots about condors, Kiefer was raising his hand and was able to correctly answer the questions, "What is the largest bird that can fly?" The presenter was surprised and called on him a couple more times, referring to him as "Condor boy." Kiefer got to see hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. At the end of the presentation, he even got to hold a screech owl!
After the presentation, the school had bird-related activities in different classrooms. Kiefer made a bird's nest, but what he really liked was dissecting owl pellets. Owls regurgitate things they can't digest (bones, fur, beaks, etc.). Kiefer dissected two pellets and loved figuring out what bones belonged to what animals. He carefully put the bones and other remains in a plastic bag, which he proudly took to school to show off.