Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Justice's Summer Vacation at White Lake

When my family and I went to White Lake, NC we had a great time. We go to White Lake every summer and have been going since I was a baby. Justice and I did a lot of fun things. We went on a boat ride, played games in the arcade and went to the amusement park to ride the rides and play games. We also did a little bit of shopping. My two most favorite things that we did was play games in the arcade and drive the bumper cars. We had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back next summer!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Freedom Goes on a Field Trip to Airlie Gardens with Ms. Collins' and Mrs. Joyce's 3rd Grade

We had the best time on our field trip to Airlie Gardens. We saw the butterfly house, tranquility gardens, the bottle chapel, the Airlie oak and Airlie lake. 

We started our visit at the Great Oak. It is estimated to be over 400 years old! 

On our way to the bottle chapel we got lost, and Callie found a turtle. The bottle chapel is made of over 200 glass bottles. When you look closely, you can see that there are hidden pictures made of bottles. You can blow into the bottles to make music, and some of the bottles are shaped like interesting things. 

After the bottle chapel, we went to the butterfly house. The butterfly house is a dome-shaped building where the butterflies can fly free. In the butterfly house, we tried to get the butterflies to land on our hands, but sometimes they landed on our clothes, shoes and heads. Maxim even had a butterfly bow tie! 

In the tranquility gardens, there were two fountains. We stopped there to rest and take a few pictures. We also saw a carpenter bee. 

From the tranquility garden, we walked to Airlie Lake. On the way there we saw a mother swan and her babies. We saw a big turtle swimming by, and lots of sunfish and pretty leaves in the water. There were also lots of water plants for the fish to hide in. There were steps leading into the water and we wondered where they led to. Next to the lake was the pergola garden, with statues of Greek gods and goddesses. There was a very long path lined with columns. 

After the pergola garden, we met up with our guide, Mr. Ben. On the nature trail, Skyler spotted a corn snake, and Vincent almost stepped on it! Then we went to a little dock where we learned about the three things that make up soil: sand, clay and silt. 

After the dock, we searched a fallen tree for bugs called decomposers. The log looked like it had been hollowed out by termites and grubs, and all the bark was rotted and dried out and turning into soil. Mr. Ben told us that the log had been decomposing for a year already. 

Then we got to dig up our own decomposers! We found grubs, spiders, termites, worms, ants, rollie pollies, beetles and gnats. Mr. Ben showed us pieces of trees and taught us about heartwood, and how to tell how old a tree is by the number of rings. Then we learned all the different parts of a tree. 

Finally, we ended our day by eating our lunch and playing in the meadow. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Skyler and Gabriella Take Freedom to Florida for Spring Break

Freedom joined Skyler, Gabriella and their family, as well as some other Parsley Patriots, on a vacation to Florida over Spring Break.  Skyler describes his vacation in these pictures:

When we were in our wetsuits, it was tight and very hot. Our captain's name was Bill. He swam with us. At our first stop I saw a manatee. Then we went to Jurassic Spring. The water was so clear. I loved swimming with the manatees. I even named one. I named him Jimmy.

We were closing in, 30 minutes away, but we stopped at an orange grove. The oranges were so bright and beautiful. I got a venison beef stick. My mom got orange candies and chocolate. Freedom tried to steal an orange, but my dad caught her. I wish I could've had one.

Our campsite was super big.There were five tents set up. We ate no Smores, just marshmallows. Harper and I told ghost stories before bed. Me, Harper, and Dane (former Patriot) all whittled spears. Our campsite was awesome. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Liberty's Spring Break Vacation in Washington, DC with Josie and Emery

On Sunday, Liberty went to the National Shrine. She enjoyed the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

On Monday, we took her to the Smithsonian Zoo. Her favorite animals were the pink flamingos. She also enjoyed the Capitol.

On Tuesday, we went to the White House. We also went to the Lincoln and Washington monuments and the World War II memorial. Liberty liked riding on the Metro and in taxi cabs.

That afternoon we drove to Annapolis, MD, the state capital. We stayed in a historic inn. We walked around and shopped in the downtown area near the waterfront.

On Wednesday, we toured the Naval Academy. We saw the midshipman at their noon formation. Also we toured Memorial Hall.

Liberty had a great spring break with us!