Sunday, May 18, 2014

"It's a Square Tornado"

Jackson Arrow, age 4, tempera on canvas at Sofia G.'s birthday

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Show at Preschool

Jackson's teacher Ms. Vargo painted this whole array of African animals as part of a unit study of the continent, leading up to the "Yion King"-themed show above. I love this school and I love Ms. Vargo!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Field-Trip Sunday: Los Angeles County Arboretum

This was "Springtopia" weekend at the Arboretum and they had children's activities like this peacock-feather rubbing. We also learned the names of the various types of feathers like "eye feather" and "T feather."

The ponds at the Arboretum are full of huge carp, turtles and more.

Also, good ol' fashioned ducks.

I wouldn't let Jackson go all the way up these stairs (around the waterfall) without me, but next time we go with a second adult.

Non-honeybee (wasp?) pollinator on white yarrow.

Lizard living in the yarrow bush.


Jason takes in the waterfall.

Honeybee pollinating California horse-chestnut.

Jackson climbing the underplanted herb spiral.

Goldfinches snacking on the lavender.

Hollyhock pollination.

Honeybee pollination on little orange flowers.

The landmark Queen Anne Cottage; hard to see but there is a Canada goose and gosling on the lawn in front.

This male peacock put on a display for us, but Jackson was more interested in the bunny in the background.


Monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed.

Long shadows and Canada geese on the lawn in front of the cottage.


Friday, May 02, 2014