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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home of the USS Kidd…

February 24, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home of the USS Kidd…

While we were checking out Louisiana, we wanted to stop in Baton Rouge to see what they had to offer for fun and interesting stops. While we didn’t have much time to  explore, we did find a couple of fun stops that fit into our schedule and interests. Our first stop was at the Bluebonnet Swamp, which is a county park located in the eastern part of the city of Baton Rouge. This 103-acre park is an ideal location to get out and explore the swamp, and it’s an exceptional stop if you are a “bird nerd.” Located just a short walk from the parking lot is a 9,500-square-foot exhibit building that houses a small gift shop and numerous animal habitats including many snakes and other reptiles.  Outside are several walking trails that lead along the swamp edge and through woods; the walks vary in length from 1/3 of a mile to 1 and 1/2 miles long.  Bluebonnet is a great place to spend an hour or so learning about and exploring, Louisiana swamp habitats.  It’s also... [Read more...]

Unique Orlando day-trip destination…

February 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Unique Orlando day-trip destination…

We are always on the lookout for a unique day-trip destination that’s fun and interesting, and this winter, while we were spending some time in Florida, we found such a treat of a day-trip in Orlando. We spent a morning at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, checking out their Discover Center. Wycliffe is a non-profit organization that translates the Bible into languages that do not currently have the Bible available to them in their “heart language” (your heart language is the language that you think, dream and naturally speak in). Named after John Wycliffe, the first man to translate the Bible into English, the Wycliffe Discover Center focuses on informing people of the need for Bible translations and the works that are in progress. The Discovery Center is a very engaging, interesting, and informative place; you can either self-tour the facilities, or the center offers 20 minute guided tours on the hour, every hour, from 9 to 3.  They also have a special talk every... [Read more...]

Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

For our last stop in Shreveport, Louisiana, we went to Gators & Friends.  G&F is a combo petting zoo and exotics park.  You purchase your admission in a cute gift shop that offers everything from stuffed alligators to dried alligator heads.  In the gift shop, you can also buy large cups of animal feed for $2. (the food is for hand feeding some of the domestic animals)  Immediately out the back door will be your first glimpse at gators.  Lots of gators.  The alligators are grouped based on size so they don’t eat each other! A little farther behind the gift shop, there is a big walking loop that is bordered by pens of animals.  Everything from ring tailed lemurs to kangaroos, camels to goats, chital deer to capibara.    The kids enjoyed feeding the geese, ponies, and goats (they had The Cutest new kids in there too!); personally, as a mom, I loved the container that the animal food came in! LOL!  The food came in large hot beverage containers, and the kids could just... [Read more...]

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

During our recent time in Shreveport, our whole goal was to hit the best of the best in the area.  We tried to find a variety of destinations and activities, and here are a couple more sure-to-please-stops to add to our previous post Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park…  This 160 acre park, located just west of Shreveport, is a haven for birds and other wildlife.  The park sports extensive walking trails through wooded areas, and there are bird and deer enclosures on the property.  The park has a visitor’s center with multiple rooms filled with interesting and educational displays, including a room with local reptiles in it (some of them were venomous snakes).  There were a lot of hands-on activities for the kids, and interesting exhibits for us bigger people. The park holds numerous naturalist-led programs, for all ages, throughout the week; the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  We signed up for a ‘slithering snake’ talk, and the naturalist that was... [Read more...]

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

This past week, we enjoyed a lovely day spent touring the Houston Zoo, enjoying their varied exhibits, and getting to see and learn about animals from all over the world.  The park has an area devoted just to unique and tropical birds, and another to different kinds of primates.  There is everything from Asian Elephants to African Kudu, Grizzly Bear to Cheetah.  We all had favorite areas in the zoo – Caleb, our 2 year old, loved the aquarium – it was all we could do to get him to move on to check out the other animals.  The reptile house, with it’s albino alligator, and extensive collection of poisonous snakes was popular with our boys and Peanut (our 6yo girl), while the other little girls liked everything in the Children’s Zoo! The zoo is a great place to visit whether it’s summer or winter - with plentiful shade in the warmer weather, and climate controlled buildings to visit in the cold (or a/c when it’s hot out), there is always a place to... [Read more...]

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

October 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

A few weeks ago, our Tribe ventured in to Billings, MT to check out the Western Heritage Center.  Located in the old Billings Library, the building has some beautiful architecture.  The YWHC features local history, including the founding and subsequent boom of Billings. Since we were on a family outing, I was delighted to find the museum was geared towards children and adults alike.  The receptionist that met us was very cheerful and friendly.  She interacted with the kids and told them about all the different things there was for them to do. Ranching is ‘how the West was Won’, including right here in Billings.  A western theme prevails through much of the museum.  Just to the right of the entrance, there is a room dedicated to the history of weddings in the area.  There is a log cabin in this room that is full of fun things for kids to play with: old school desks complete with McGuffy Readers, tons of dress-up clothes, an old cook stove with tea kettle and other cooking... [Read more...]

A new twist to board games

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new twist to board games

Board games is a fabulous way to occupy down times and rainy days.  But we find that when you are traveling you need to think about what you pack in order to have place for all that you need.  And with six people in the family it’s sometimes a tricky thing to do.   Back in the day when I was younger and go camping with my parents, a board game or two would be brought as well as books to read. Fast Forward thirty-five years or so and you suddenly have a tablets that can contains numerous games and eBooks for your travels.    Now please keep in mind that in this blog post I will not be talking about electronic games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope or Fruit Ninja.  No I am seriously talking about board games like the ones I used to grow up with – Monopoly, Scrabbles, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, Boggle as well as more recent ones like Pandemic and Wits & Wagers. For the purpose of this blog post, I am concentrating on board game apps that can be found on iTunes... [Read more...]

Preparing for Florida

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for Florida

Recently my husband and I are talking about the possibility of going to Florida next year.   We would love to bring the kids are various theme parks including the famous Walt Disney World.   We have been putting money aside monthly for quite some time and our dream is so close to become a reality.  Our plan is to take one and a half to two months off so that we can have fabulous family memories with our kids.   My husband even started mentioning the possibility for us to do long hours on the road if he could train me to drive the RV.   Yikes!  I feel so ill-equipped for this part but I guess that with encouragement and guidance from my husband I might be able to do it. So I got to think a bit about how we could incorporate fun homeschool things before, during and even possibly after the trip.   I immediately thought about lapbooks. What is a lapbook?  Well essentially it is an inexpensive portfolio containing mini-books and flaps that will allow the child to study a specific... [Read more...]

Billings Estate National Historic Site

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Billings Estate National Historic Site

For the first time this week, we went to a small museum in our city.   It was the historic estate of one of Ottawa’s founding families and we learned more about how the Billings family settled on the shores of the Rideau River in 1812, build farms, constructed a bridge and managed a timber business. It was a field trip organized by another homeschooling mom in town but I think it is fascinating to learn the history of a specific place while visiting an area.   I love to explore the history of an area when we travel in order to learn more while we travel.    So this is my primary reason for presenting you this little museum that present part of the heritage of Ottawa and how it was involved in the lumber business many years ago. The Billings family started when the first settlers of Gloucester Township, Braddish Billings and Lamira Dow Billings came and established themselves on the emplacement of the current museum.   They contributed to the community over many generations in... [Read more...]

Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

Today the kids and I went to visit our local (Helena, MT) Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Education Center.  It’s actually a great stop if you want to get to know the Montana native flora and fauna!  The facility is housed in a 7000 sq. ft. historic building, and is called the WILD complex. Walking in, the lobby is like a small museum.  There are informative plaques, wildlife mounts, touch tables, and hands-on displays, all great for kids and adults alike.  The building is fairly new, and it is very tastefully set up and decorated.  It is spacious, and has a varied assortment of displays – from mounted bear, mountain lion, and deer, to live fish in natural-looking, rock surrounded, aquariums.  There were various televised displays featuring beautiful outdoor pictures and hunter safety promos, and a lift-the-flap board that taught bear identification between our browns and grizzlies. My children enjoyed participating in the scavenger hunt that the center offers.  There... [Read more...]

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