Wednesday, February 22, 2017


February 18, 2017
On Saturday night the Chelsea family joined us for dinner. David was happy to show us a "computer" made by Sam.

After supper we filled up the Bowman van and drove to Oxford Mills for an Ottawa Field Naturalists evening to learn about mudpuppies:

Saturday, 18 February, 7-10 p.m.
*Kid friendly*
Leaders: Fred Schueler and Aleta Karstad
7 p.m. at Maplewood Hall, 100 Maplewood Avenue, Oxford Mills, Ontario

Fred and Aleta shared their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for mudpuppies. Our family really enjoyed the presentation and the hands on learning experience. The boys had some cookies and examined mudpuppies in a dish.

The we headed outside to the creek. Sam and David were very happy to hold the slippery mudpuppies Fred scooped up for us to see. We are sure it is a evening they will remember.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Playing, Reptiles and Canal Skating

February 17, 2017

Today both Chelsea boys had a PD Day so we enjoyed an action-packed day together, starting with playtime and  a wild animals video.  Sam and David enjoyed their favourite pogos for lunch. Sam is now missing his two bottom teeth.  

Then it was time for a trip to the Museum of Nature to see a special Reptiles exhibit. The boys loved the snakes with legs (skinks). They studied each exhibit to look for camouflaged reptiles. They got some reactions from snakes to their stuffed pets.

We were going to leave for a skate on the canal but Sam asked for a visit to Earth Sciences (the boys remembered the cave). David wanted to see the dinosaurs again and then the bears. So it was late afternoon for our skate.

We laced up at Paterson Creek. Then the boys were off. Sam is a proficient skater. David awed adult skaters when he raced by them. For beaver tails, Sam selected Chocolate Hazelnut. Then we skated to the big cranes near the University of Ottawa and turned back as the sun was setting. A thirsty David tried a little fresh snow on his tongue. Then it was time to go and meet Papa.