Six Years

Dear Alex,

It’s hard to believe you are six years old today.  Six years.  You’ve grown so fast and the time has gone by so quickly! You’ve grown from a happy, curious little baby into an intelligent, inquisitive boy.  You love to run, read, and talk…and you can talk about reptiles All. Day. Long.  You never grow tired of learning and sharing what you find interesting.  You love nature, you love good stories, and you love everything real around you.  You love hikes and the great outdoors and you love snuggling up at night before bedtime.  Your laughter brings joy to this home and daddy and I can’t imagine life any other way.  We love you. Happy Birthday, little boy!

Love Mom

Here is an interview with you on your sixth birthday:

What is your favorite color?  Red

What is your favorite school subject?  Geography

What is your favorite book?  Any reptile book

What is your favorite movie? How to Train Your Dragon 2

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  Play chess

What is your favorite cartoon?  Wild Kratts!

How many pets do you have?  3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 lizard

What are you best at right now?  Chess

What is your favorite season? Summer

If you could be any animal, what would you choose? Snake

When you grow up, what do you want to be?  A zoologist

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Farewell, Treetop…Welcome, Spots

Farewell Treetop

The first reptile to take up residence in Alex’s room was a little house gecko, whom he affectionately named Treetop.  We re-purposed our old aquarium and with some plants, rocks, and dirt from the backyard, Alex soon had his very first terrarium…and it will certainly NOT be his last.  I’m fairly certain it will be the first in a LONG line of creature habits that will share living space with us in the years to come.

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Treetop was tiny.  I think even for house gecko size, he was tiny.  We soon discovered that your typical crickets from the pet store we just too big for him to eat, and mealworms couldn’t be his sole source of nutrition.  Lucky for Treetop, our local exotic pet store sold “pinhead” crickets.  No kidding.  They are the size of pinheads.  The lady there said we’d be lucky if Treetop lived for a couple of weeks in captivity, but she loved how interested Alex was in all the reptiles they have, and she thought it was a great way for him to observe nature up close.  Every so often we would make the trip out to pick up the crickets for Treetop and a few weeks turned into a few months.  Treetop lived a longer life than we expected, but he made a great first reptile for Alex.  And it didn’t take long before reptile number two became the newest resident in our home.

Meet Spots

Spots is a juvenile Leopard Gecko, who was chosen for his…well, spots.  He eats small crickets and mealworms and sleeps all day (much to Alex’s frustration, he keeps picking nocturnal creatures) .  Two special things about Spots that Alex likes are that he has ear holes and eyelids.  Not all geckos have eyelids.

Here are some observational notes from Alex:

Spots sleeps with his head out of the log.  He yawns.  He is active during the evening.  He droops his head.  He stares.

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Daybook

Outside my window: It’s overcast and dreary…we’ve had so much rain lately.  I feel like I shouldn’t complain, but I would be happy for winter to move on and the Texas sun to shine again, even if it means hot weather.

I am remembering: What the early, early years with a little one are like, and while I am thankful for those moments and all the memories that go with them, I find so many joys in these days of school-aged adventures and boyhood marvels.

I am thankful: For a husband who cares more about keeping the peace than he does about what color I paint the walls.  Or what decorations I decide I like.  Or even if I might put up flowery curtains in the kitchen.  He just nods and says, “it looks nice, Dear.”

I am creating: Lesson plans for Lent.  Usually I have a million ideas of things I want to do when I sit down to work on lesson plans, but not this time.  I want something simple, but engaging for a six year old boy.  Time to do some wandering through the online world of Catholic homeschooling resources.

In the kitchen: Good, old-fashioned, homemade bone broth.  It’s so easy.  And once you make your own, you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

I am reading: It Starts with Food and getting ready to start the Whole30 Program later this month.  I’ve dabbled in Paleo for several years now and find the benefits to be well-worth the effort.  This time I’m ready to get rid of the sugar and break the comfort-food dependency.  I’m also finishing up The Hobbit for the third time.  I feel like it is one of those books you just can’t read too many times.

Around the house: I am done painting the kitchen. I. am. done.  It was a lot of work, but I love the change.  And change is good when you realize after years of moving you have finally been settled in one place for ten years.  Our house is ten years old!  Where has the time gone?

One of my favorite things: Watching nature with Alex.  And watching Alex watch nature.  And watching nature watch Alex.  You get the picture.

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