Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Day Trip ~ Straffan Butterfly Farm

A few weeks ago, we visited Straffan Butterfly Farm.  We had a lovely time and learnt a lot about different types of butterflies, as well as other creepy crawlies.

The day started wet and dreary (though it was lovely later on), which had prompted us to make the best of the weather and head out to the indoor butterfly farm in the first place.  Plus, we had word that they were closing down in September, so we had to get our skates on and visit before then, considering that we were in the last two weeks of August!  And so we were off... 

Pretty Waterlilies

We Brought Our Butterfly Spotting Guide Along

This Little Guy Was ADORABLE!

God's Creation Is Amazing!

Abigail *Loved* The Gecko
...I Wish We Could Have One As A Pet,
But I Guess That We Probably Have Enough Pets!

Imagine Ones Of These Flying Into Your Hair - Yikes!


These Metallic-Looking Beetles Were So Beautiful!

Stopping For A Quick Pose!
Next, We Were Off To Watch An Educational Video
And Then Into The Hot-House To See The Tropical Butterflies...


Ha - I Have Absolutely No Idea How I Ended Up
Carrying This Big Girl Around!

The hot-house was filled with fluttering butterflies and we all liked to watch and fell them flitting past our heads!  Abigail was AMAZED with them!  The heat and humidity in the hot-house was *immense*, considering the typical temperatures we are used to in Ireland.  While I do love heat, I do NOT appreciate humidity, and I was glad to get out into the fresh air outside.  Poor Abigail only managed about five minutes, before my husband had to take her outside.  All her hair was sopping wet, due to the damp air and her perspiration.  At first Amy couldn't get any pictures, but a fan came on every 5-10 minutes and she managed to get some pictures before she fogged back up again! 

Despite The Sign, We Saw A Lot Of People
Touching The Butterflies?!??

This Guy's Wings Looked So Much Like Black Velvet,
It was A Shame He Was So Tattered.
Perhaps He Was Just Old, Or Had Been Touched Too Many Times.

I See You!

These Chrysalis Were Amazing! 
Some Looked Metallic And Were Very Pretty.
We Could Actually See Them Moving Ever So Slightly!

After our time in the hot-house, we all went for a walk around the gardens.  They were small, but pretty and we were glad for the fresh air and scents from the flowers.  The owners had planted many flowers that are attractive to butterflies and people too.   

Daddy And His Littlest Girls ♥

Whilst Amy And I Were Shopping For Souvenirs,
One Of The Owners Introduced Us To This "Lady"

We had an awesome day at Straffan Butterfly Farm, and are glad that we got to visit before they closed.  Our drive home was very pleasant, until one of the  kids lost their lunch all over the back seats, just ten minutes from home!  Hahaha!  A small part of life with a car full of kiddos...but we wouldn't have it any other way!

"Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are
become new." ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Visiting And Other Rambles

Amy Visiting With The "I" Girls,
Who Wowed Us All With Their Musical Talent

Waaaaah, where has the summer gone?!??  Already it is beginning to feel like Autumn and I haven't gotten around to blogging even a fraction of our exciting summer adventures.  Where to even start?

As we entered the beginning of our summer holidays from school, our family experienced a few unexpected changes.  While they did throw us for a loop for a short time, we can now clearly see that the Lord truly does work all things together for good!  His timing is so perfect, that sometimes we laugh out loud!

"To every thing there is a season, and a
time to every purpose under the heaven"
~Ecclesiates 3:1

Meg Was Thrilled To Have Lots of Girls To Play With

Packing Up To Go Home At 10pm!

"The "I" Family

One major source of fun for the kiddos, over the holidays, was the discovery that my mother's cat was pregnant, and her four subsequent kittens!  Oh, how those kitties were doted upon!  We had a ball, sitting on the grass, watching them play and scamper about.  Everyone had fun trying to come up with names for them all, but in the end: Mixy, Dipstick (white kitty with a black tail!), Bagpuss and Maggie, were settled upon.  We are *not* "cat people", but those guys were actually pretty cute.  So far, only "Dipstick" has gone to a new home.  So if you are wanting a cute kitty and live locally, y'know who to call! ;)

One of the changes that happened, is that we once again, found ourselves looking for a church home.  It was then, that the Lord stepped in, and opened up an opportunity for us within hours!  Because of this, we have been very blessed to have met many new friends and have enjoyed many days/evenings of sweet fellowship, getting to know like-minded families.  I now wish I had taken care to get more pictures to share!

One of the new families had us over for dinner, and after we had eaten and chatted for a while, they introduced us to "Dutch Blitz".  It is such a FUN and FAST-paced game!  We played again, and again, and again, and again, and.......AGAIN! 

A Group Shot, Missing Me, The Photographer

As well as the first "Irish Christian Home Educators Conference", that we attended in July, we were recently invited to a three-day Chrstian Family Conference, in a local coastal town.  We had a fun time and again met many like-minded families; like the "I" family in the above pictures.  We were all encouraged in our Christian walk and in the raising of our family, and once again met lots of new people.

Last week, we went back to school.  I am so glad to get back to a more settled routine!  This year, I officially have *three* students, which is very exciting.  Meg is certainly a very eager student, and she is as sharp as a tack too! She has had quite a few reading lessons thus far, and is making good progress with her sounds, as well as with her Math work.  

Over the past few months, we/I have also been:

Deep-cleaning the house,
Re-decorating the bedrooms ( though I am not finished)
Harvesting some fruits and veggies,
Working in the garden,
Visiting friends,
Chopping and stacking firewood,
Crocheting items ready for sale through my FB shop,
Hosting friends,
Organising the school books and supplies,
Reading LOTS of new books,
Playing outside together, and........generally just having FUN!

So, as I try and bring my summer posts to a close (with one more day-trip post to share), I'll leave you with this one picture that describes us all after such a busy, but very *BLESSED* summer:

How Was Your Summer?