Thinking Spring

After yesterday’s unexpected snow, I’m thinking spring more than ever. Fortunately, the beautiful early flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden are proof that despite the wild weather swings, spring really isn’t that far away!

The 2018 Orchid Show

It’s Orchid Show time at the Missouri Botanical Garden again! Besides the fact that the theme changes every year (this year looks at the “Orchid Mania” of the Victoria era), the variety of orchids on display is always different, sometimes even from week-to-week within a year’s show. I love seeing the different flowers…I always notice interesting details I never really saw before!

I love that this bright spot that begins during the cold, bleak winter leads right into spring…literally! The Orchid Show is open through March 25, by which time spring will have officially arrived here in St. Louis!

The Linnean House–March

If you look really closely, you might notice that the tulips are beginning to make an appearance!

2017-18 School Year–Week Twenty-One

I think last week just might be one of the busiest school weeks we’ve ever had! Because it was so crazy, I’m just going to hit the highlights…and there were a lot of them!

On Monday, we had our 100th Day of School (Observed). We technically hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but as far as our “Doodlebug Countdown” was concerned, Monday was the day. I always try to make an extra big deal of the 100th Day when we have a kindergartener, so I assembled 100 of various objects from around the house…Lego bricks, safety pins, m&ms, cotton balls, popcorn kernels, crayons, pennies, and flashcards, all so Chickadee could see that 100 of different things can look (and feel) very different! She even counted to 100 all by herself…twice! To continue our 100th Day celebration, we also took a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden, where we visited the Orchid Show, and took a walk around the Chinese Garden in anticipation of the Lunar New Year:

Wednesday was also a busy day, as it was both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. We were busy at church with acolyting¬†and altar guild, but we found time for a Valentine’s Day craft, as well…”Valenswines!”

And on Friday, we continued our celebration of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and added in a Lunar New Celebration, as well. This gave us an opportunity to learn not only how the holiday is celebrated in South Korea, but several other Asian countries, as well. We had two more fun craft projects to add the shield kites we made last week…fans and lanterns:

An another fun dinner, where we tried foods from several Asian countries:

We’ve also kept up with our Olympics medal chart all week:

Don’t be fooled…we did all of our regular school work, too. But that’s not nearly as fun to write about when we’ve had such an exciting week!

The Linnean House–February

It was cold, but very bright and clear, outside the Linnean House when we visited this morning!