We opted for a weeklong getaway to Paynes Prairie just south of Gainesville. We got settled in at the campsite and found an AWESOME rotting log right next to the campsite. We changed our April reservation site to be in this same site! We found lots of cool insects to observe. We went to the Hippodrome for a hillarious holiday play called : Every Christmas Story Ever Told and then Some. We laughed so hard! I loved the entrance way to the building. The next day we went to the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo. It was cold out! Luckily the animals were really active since it was feeding time. Up next was the Florida Natural History Museum to look at the butterflies and collections room (through the window). We checked out the traveling exhibit on dinosaurs and ran into our photographer friend, Mr. Tedd. He told us a lot of great information and we chatted about our travels to make different geological sites around the country. No trip into Gainesville is complete without some time in the NATL. It was chilly so it was not a productive time. Back at PP we found some really cool frogs on the same plant we always find them on! We look every visit! We think we finally saw a bison. It may have been a huge wild boar. We stopped off to see Aunt Kim and B and I needed to get the wiggles out so we walked to the playground. Mom found a last minute field-trip to the UF Entomology building. We happily joined in to boost their numbers and enjoyed seeing some of our favorite sites. The red room at the new bee building finally had a hive in it. Mr. Clayton was the outreach coordinator for the event so it was nice to see a familiar face. Holding a vingaroon. We even had time to hunt in the NATL. As usual I spent the time helping others and what I did catch I ended up releasing. I did find this cool caterpillar of a greater purple hairstreak. But we had no way to rear it due to lack of a proper food source so I released it back where I found it, after I watched it wander around the table for a while. The indoor archery tournament wrapped up our little vacation. I shout amazingly well. I got a 220/300! I ended with first place but I was sad because there was no-one else in my bow class so I felt I didn’t earn it. Mom said if I had shot in the unsighted class I would have won that based on my score. So my goal is to outshoot the unsighted recurves, which I did. So I was happy after that.
We headed to Gainesville to Aunt Kim’s for Thanksgiving. We stopped at Bass Pro Shop to stretch our legs a little. We loved the race cars, seeing Santa and playing a Wii shooting game. When we got to Kim’s house we played some games with Cousin Anna while the adults worked on some chores. After we ate we took a long walk at the park and played on the swings for a while. We had a great holiday and wish someone actually took photos! Oops!
We attend a follow the directions and paint class. We had a lot of fun. I was amazed how quickly the paining came together. First lilypads then water. Then make the water move. The take a break for a snack. I opted to PLAY with my snack and make all sorts of bugs out of toothpicks and grapes. Painting in the flowers. Finally we added dragonflies. While it dried a little more I played with more grapes. When we got home Mom said we needed to go outside and play. We opted to just sit in the clubhouse and play on our phones.
School is harder this year! Ugh! I have my moments but finally do my work without much trouble. I had fun buzzing through 8th grade science. I had to build a model for one assignment. I opted to show how eclipses work. B enjoyed learning it again. Our 4-H Club atteneded Farm City Day and played games and spread the 4-H word. It was a fun day. We laughed and played and ate homemade salty ice cream. My new yoga pose. Finally decorating the tree. The cats are leaving it alone. It was fun to put all the old family ornaments on. I realizedI didn’t have that many with my name on them! So we will find a few this year for me!We went to the Decorators Night at the Festival of Trees. I enjoyed seeing our wreath on display. It’s price was $55! wow! My favorite was the Harry Potter tree. We saw one of Santa’s elves. The next day we took Grandma Susie to Brooker Creek where we were helping with a program on insects. We took our collections and then spent time explaining everything to the people that came. I did a great job of actually talking to people! We have been butterfly sitting during a cold snap. This little monarch was released this week now that it is warmer.
Mom and Dad surprised us with Trail Riding at Fort Wilderness this year. I had so much fun on the horse! Mom had the stubborn horse but controlled him well. Dad’s horse kept snacking on trees. We had to wear these silly hair nets! We carver our pumpkins wiht technology this year. Dad bought this drill attachment that helps gut the pumpkin. All it really did was make a GIANT mess… it flung pumpkin with force all over the motorhome…and MOM!Resorting to the old fashion way! Dad trying to prove that it can be done neatly. A long while later I made a penguin! 🙂 Mom makes us take this same photo every year. This was my favorite golf cart in the parade this year! It was AWESOME !Some of our new friends were camping too and we had a blast hanging out at the beach and swimming in the pool late at night. Someone wasn’t very funny for trick or treating! I had a HUGE haul! We roasted marshmallows at the campfire when Dad was out. He had to go to DC for a few days and missed Halloween proper.