Friday, May 20, 2011

they are here!

The Painted Lady butterflies came out of their chrysalises today...there are just two left to come out, maybe by tomorrow! The boys are so excited, Ram is camping out in the kitchen next to them he doesn't want to miss anything. Being Friday he can stay up late.
The pictures are not great because they were taken with the net in between me and the butterlies.
Their life span is just several weeks so we will probably let them out soon, as long as the weather stays nice. It has been raining a lot these past few days.

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

at the park

Sunday at the park...Our first site seeing day in Mexico City Maria, my sister-in-law, planned for us to go to Chapultepec Park. There is a lot to do there but we didn't even get to do most of it. We did see some museums that are in the park and got some food. So these pictures are from Sunday April 17th. It turned out that I took over 200 pictures!!! so I'm sorting through them and some editing.

Street signs in their neighborhood...

Right before we went into the Park we tried to take a family picture, but L got cut off when Chris was taking the picture. It was an accident she was in her stroller below and in front of Roger. My nephew Elan is the extra arm you see behind me, he was trying to hide for our family picture...haha!

Statue at the entrance of the park, I think there was one on the other side too.

As you go into the park you walk right up to a monument, Monumento a Los Ninos Heroes. It is in dedication to the six young solders who fought and died during the US invasion of 1847.

Most of us...

Not sure what this statue is in reference of, but it looked neat!

The entrance to the Anthropology Museum, Museo Nacional de Antropologia.  My poor hubby, when we where there it was free day for residents so Rog was the only one who had to pay an admission fee. Hey my kids are part Mexican so they got in for free...hehe!

The fountain at the entrance it is huge of course the kids loved it because of the water.

Inside the museum they had a mock up of an ancient village.

stone/cave drawings

Estela means an architectural feature.

Mayan exhibit began

A section off the museum that had some mock up of the buildings at the time of the Mayas. It was pretty dense that the climate was different than when you are outside. Rog the kids and I only saw half the museum.

While we were having tortas at the park we got some entertainment, these guys came down hanging from their feet.

Here they are almost all the way down.

Castle, Castillo de Chapultepec now is the museum of history, the grounds around it are beautiful the fountain and the large agave plants. It used to be the home to the Mexican presidents until 1935.

The entrance to the castle you can see the stain glass window and as you enter you see the staircase of the lions.

The interior of the castle.

Close up of one of the stained glass windows.

One of the exhibits featured eagles.

Some embroidery work.

Eagle painting, most of the work was modern.

Another angle of the entrace.

The gardens which included a fountain on the side of the castle.

A gorgeous agave plant.

The side side of the castle facing the garden. The house of mirrors was close to the castle but it started to rain when we got done looking touring it, that we pretty much headed for home after this.

One of the friendly squarells waiting to get some food. He is cute but not sure if he didn't bite so I didn't get too close.

There is so much to do, like Disneyland you need about 3 days to see it all and enjoy it.
Here is what we didn't get to see or do while we were there...
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Zoo (Zoologico de Chapultepec)
  • Interactive childrens museum (Papalote Museo del Nino)
  • Museum of Mexican industry, science and technology (Museo tecnologico de la CFE)
  • The lakes, they have kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats, (Lago de Chapultepec, Lago Mayor, y Lago Menor)
  • Amusement Park (La Feira de Chapultepec)
  • Museum of Natural History (Museo de Historia Natural)

april showers bring may flowers...and butterflies

Ram got a butterfly garden for Christmas last year and it has finally stayed warm enough that we ordered the larvae. He got 5 Painted Lady butterfly larvae (caterpillars). He has not named them but he is being very careful with them.
Within a day or so they ate so much there was noticeable growth, they got bigger.

Within 3-4 days they began to form the chrysalis and we left them alone for a couple of days before we moved them to their garden. I was surprised how quick they started to morph in their chrysalis!

It was pretty hard to remove all the stringy stuff so we ended leaving some of it. We were both nervous we didn't want them falling of the paper.

Got them pinned to the side of the net. We have our fingers crossed they will all survive. So in about 5-7 days we should have 5 butterflies and more pictures!!

Happy Birthday Karla! Happy Birthday Brenda!
(My sisters not butterflies...haha!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

my lovley mother's day, day

I had told Rog that I wanted this Sunday to be my mother's day to attend our local yarn store's FiberFest and I really wanted to go. Didn't know what to expect but I had a good time, it was very relaxing.  The kids would have enjoyed it except that I was going to sign up for a couple of classes and I, well...pretty much wanted some quite time and not worry about chasing them...haha! They would not have waited they would have been bored or ran around and broken or turned over something. So the kids stayed home with Rog and I had a nice mother's day. Although, I did have a pretty good one on the actual day, I got a new zoom lens and a tripod. Maybe now I can be in some of the pictures...we'll see. Of course there were also the card Ram made in school, love it! He put in his own creative ideas into the projects.I didn't get one from Rem he said they didn't make anything at school !?!?!?!...I wonder if that's true or I was a bad mom...haha! He  helped select my gifts.

The FiberFest was held at a beautiful location in South Tulsa, known as "The Barn", if you scroll down on the link you can see more pictures of "The Barn". It is adorable, rustic and gorgeous along with the grounds around it. Although the day was gorgeous I sat in the sun, I'm naturally cold natured and needed heat, the shade was a little too cool for me.

This is a picture of one of the booths with this lovely, and that's not a words I use very often, girl, Samantha, who had a photography booth. She was lovely, nice and her work was inspiring. She is an Oklahoma native who lives on a farm in Southeastern Oklahoma. I bought some of her postcards. I was trying to just buy yarn stuff but could not resist her pictures. I also bought her book that came with a CD and she gave me a packet of wildflowers. (I believe all her customers got the seeds, I wasn't the only special one.)  Some of you lucky few maybe getting those lovely post cards from me. Can't seem to stop saying lovely...haha!

There was yarn spinning (I'm not all that familiar with much of the yarn stuff). I usually buy my yarn at Hobby Lobby or Michael's and only just found out I have been missing out on some really lovely yarn (did you get that lovely...he).

While I was standing around waiting for the raffle I noticed the old tub and just snapped a quick picture of it.

I did win 2 skeins of some lovely Nashua Creative Focus Silk yarn in posy pink.

I signed up for 2 free classes, the Loops store provided the instructors and I just paid for my supplies. The first class I took was a scarf and it was fun, I believe all the ladies were more advance than I was and the lady sitting next was very helpful. Still working on getting my scarf done...yes, I could be doing so many other things but I'm on a mission!!
I wasn't sure about the color they had a couple to chose from but this color reminded me of Rem, it's his favorite color and I think I'm going to love it. I did add my project to Ravelry, which I have recently joined. Keep your fingers crossed for me that this goes better than the socks!!!

The other class was a really easy wrist band that I did finish in class, too small for my wrist but I learned how to decrease, make a button hole, bind off and knitted cast on (loved this one!) all for $7 plus the class was 1 1/2 hours the cost paid for the kit which included a skein of yarn, button, and needles!!!! No picture I'm going to redo it I picked a white yarn and I'm gong to use a different color, plus it looks kind of crappy...haha!

One of the ladies in the first class mention when the Amish make a quilt they deliberately make a mistake because nothing is perfect. You bet I've got that philosophy down...there are quite a few mistakes!