We've been planning for weeks to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The event started last Friday, but we had the Mini Town field trip all day and then swim practice. Saturday we were at a swim meet for 12 hours, so we were never home during daylight. On Sunday by the time we went to church, Sunday School, and had dinner, I was dead tired and opted for a nap. So that left today, the last day of the event. And it was a bee-yoo-tee-ful day! Perfect for being outside. On any given day we can see plenty of birds in our backyard. So what happens when a mom tells her kids they're going to spend the day watching birds?
Hello, anyone home?
Your home looks like it belongs in Narnia, but I bet you're really pretty.
By now the kids had given up on seeing any real birds and went off to play in the woods. Defeated, I headed back to the house. But then...
Someone took pity on me. I'm guessing she's a mom too, so she understands days like this.
So I hope that dispels any notion some of you had that I am a bird watcher. I'm sure Charlotte Mason would be shaking her head in shame.
I also have an excellent bird resource to share. My friend Carrie, who sometimes comments on my blog, first showed me this book, and I was immediately captivated by its beautiful illustrations and the ability to hear the call of each bird. We gave it to Anna for her birthday, and she has spent hours pouring through it. I will give a warning, however -- your kids will love to play pranks with this book. One night I almost fell backwards down the stairs when I heard a screeching sound come out of her room! It does have a volume control though, so don't let the sound thing be the reason you don't buy this book.
If you did the bird count, I hope your bird watching went better than ours!