Friday, April 6, 2012

a rose by any other name...

Yesterday my children and I went to the Glendale Library and to the Saguaro Ranch Park next to it. If you haven't ever been and you're a Phoenician, you ought to check it out. Really this historic park is a gem and one of our favorites. We had no idea though, that we would stumble upon this, which utterly took our breath away!

My kids share my love of all things roses and so this was such a special treat for us. Each rose had such a different and intense perfume, I tell you, it was heaven!

Soeren was really getting into smelling them!

Here is what we found at the Library
It's rare to see a peacock in full flair, but so beautiful. We also found this gem..
It's called an Orchid tree, it's scent is intoxicating!
My kids never leave an opportunity to ham it up for the camera.
As you can see, we've been really enjoying our week off, so much fun!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Farms at South Mountain

We visited one of our favorite places yesterday: the Farm at South Mountain. Oh, it was lovely! My eyes needed to see some bursts of spring and that is what we got.

Bachelor buttons

Chamomile (it was tempting not to make tea out of it all, the smell was unbelievable!)

Oriental poppies (one of my favorites!)


I adore each of their personalities!

The kids loved the chicken coop! Some day I really want to have one, but for now, we'll enjoy theirs

We brought our sketch books and made an art day out of it. Ahhh, the joys of glorious homeschooling!

What springtime adventures have you been having?? This week we are taking our spring break for Holy Week. Yes, I am a firm believer in observing Holy week and not just taking a "Spring Break" in some random week that has nothing to do with Easter. So, we've been trying to tackle some projects, do some sight seeing, etc. We hope to go have some more fun tomorrow!