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Ok – so at this point I have been planning on posting about

  • the HEAV convention

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  • the vendors I saw at HEAV

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  • doing some reviews of the awesome stuff I got
  • posting about some cool field trips we have been on (including an Aquarium, the Crayola Experience, and an airport)

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  • I also wanted to start sharing about the great Bible study I am in right now.

Here’s the thing – it is almost 1 am, I have gotten up early the last two days (once for a field trip, once for Bible study), we are visiting friends tomorrow, I have to get my boy packed for Boy Scout Summer camp and this weekend me and bug are going to a baseball game / spend the night on the field camping thing!

So here is my plan – I will post these things – eventually – for now, expect short to non-existent posts – things that I can easily do from my phone at stop lights – or random posts like this.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, then feel free to leave a message at the beep.

Making a Plan

My friend Kyndra over at Sticks, Stones & Chicken Bones has started posting her weekly plan at the beginning of the week and then she posts how she did the following week along with her new schedule.  She has invited anyone who wishes to join her to do so – so I am!

If you want to read how to get started – check it out at in Kyndra’s post titled The Weekly Plan.

So – here is my plan for the week – we will see how is goes as I plan to post the result on Sunday along with my new plan.  Here’s hoping —

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What do you have planned for this week?  Are you willing to share how you do?

 

We’ve been busy!

We are headed home tomorrow – back to PA.  We have had a great trip, but it will be nice to get home.  Here are a few random shots from other parts of our week.  I will try to post more about each trip as I can once we get home.  Although when we do get home it’s not like life slows down much, but I will see what I can do.  :)

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National Scouting Museum in Dallas, TX

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Sealife Grapevine Aquarium in Dallas, TX

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Sealife Grapevine Aquarium in Dallas, TX

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Feeding ducks at the Marina @ Lake Texoma

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Harber Wildlife Museum in Sherman, TX

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Harber Wildlife Museum in Sherman, TX

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Playing Pokemon

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Drawing Pictures

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American Girl Dallas

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Sealife Grapevine Aquarium in Dallas, TX

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Drawing Pictures and making roads

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Harber Wildlife Museum

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American Girl Dallas

More details coming soon -

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge

Texas Field Trip – Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch — as seen on Dirty Jobs

Another fun Texas Field Trip is the Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch.  The Sharkarosa Ranch appeared as the 1st episode in the 6th season of Dirty Jobs.

The Sharkarosa Ranch is a 126 acre educational animal park.  The ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to animal care and education.  The ranch is open during the week for field trips and on the weekends they are open to the public – hours vary by season so check the website for full details.

While on our trip to Texas, Grandma and Granddad took, Hubby, myself, Bug, Princess and The Oldest to visit the ranch.  We has so much fun.  We packed a lunch, which was great, because they have a lovely picnic area just outside the ticket booth.  The seating area is close enough that you can watch the barrel train and see some animals before you even go into the ranch.  If you don’t feel like packing a lunch, that’s OK too – Sharkarosa has a concession stand and they have opened up a restaurant called the Bear’s Den.

As we were entering the ranch they were just about to start their kangaroo presentation so we headed there first.  Princess (who is usually a bit shy) was the first one on the bleachers – she wasn’t concerned about who was sitting where, she wanted to see the animals.

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During the presentation we learned that a kangaroo’s spine extends into it’s tail, that is why they can use their tails to stand very tall.  In case you weren’t able to hear the kangaroo presentation there were signs to read as well.  Also, did you know that when the baby joey is born they are not born in the pouch, but have to climb up and in – imagine having a baby crawl the length of a football field – the joeys manage this in a few hours.  Once the Joeys are in their mamas pouch, they latch on and will grow quickly, soon they start to poke their little heads out to check out the world.  

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After the kangaroo presentation was the petting zoo.  Granddad surprised the kids with some cups of food (sold on site).  As soon as we entered the kids were mobbed by goats and sheep so I took over the job of holding the food cups and doling out small handfuls.  Some of the goats get kinda tall when they are on their hind feet, but I still managed to keep the food safe.  With goats, sheep, pigs and a camel to pet and feed we spent plenty of time here.

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Further along in our travels we were able to see the bear presentation and then we took a ride on the Safari Tram.  The Safari Tram was amazing.  When is the last time you were able to pet a clydesdale, a zorse (zebra + horse), a zedonk (zebra + donkey) and a camel?  The Safari tram had all of these animals, plus we were able to view the zebras, emus and deer.

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Of course, we could not pass up the barrel train ride!  Man that little train can move!

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After we sat and had lunch we headed back in to see the barnyard animals, the lemurs and we caught the end of the snake presentation.

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Remember how I said “as seen on Dirty Jobs” – well here is a little something they have up in their gift shop.

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All in all, the Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch is a great place to visit.  As a non-profit, you know that your ticket purchase is going to a good cause, plus you get to see all sorts of animals and get an education at the same time.

We arrived at the ranch a little after they opened around 10:30 and we stayed until after lunch.  While probably not a full day event it was a great experience!

Thanks Sharkarosa we had an awesome time!

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge

Texas Field Trip – Rodeo

When visiting Texas, if at all possible, go to a rodeo.

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A few things to remember

  • Go in the evening – it’s much cooler.
  • Bring water and snacks or money for the concession stand.
  • There are down times followed by periods of high intense action.  Enjoy the show!

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One of the things that I loved about the rodeo is the character of the people.  When the American flag came riding by to start the show, people stood up – there weren’t even asked to, they just stood up because they felt it was right.  The best part was the flag is presented by The Glory Riders.  The Glory Riders are a Christian ministry drill team that lifts up the name of Jesus and promote God and America.  Learn more about The Glory Riders by visiting their website.

I am going to try to post more rodeo pictures later on – it’s a bit harder to post from here as I am using a borrowed computer.  :-)