It has been a busy few weeks! I have some photos to share so I’m going to do what I’d like to call a “catch up mash up” – photos interspersed with stories and updates.
We went pumpkin picking a few weeks ago. Here in Florida the word “picking” is used loosely….
We brought a lovely pumpkin home, where it sat on the table for a week while Ben asked me every day if we could eat it or carve it or paint it or SOMETHING already. I wasn’t sure what to do with it exactly, since we don’t really do Halloween. In the end I went with the classic route from my childhood and we carved a face into it.
Up next, a weekday visit to a local park I had never been to before. It was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly weird. I felt like I was walking through a David Lynch movie the whole time we were there. We drove through the winding wooded entrance road and marvelled at the fairy tale forest feeling of the place. When we arrived at the eerily empty playground the only other person there was an elderly man in a stained white tshirt doing pull ups on the monkey bars. He didn’t leave within about two minutes, so we did. We walked up a hill, past a cool sculpture, and up some sort of spiral castle made out of coral. At the top of the staircase there was a young man sitting off to the side and a man and his female friend standing with him. The older man started praying loudly, asking Jesus to make the young man the person he was meant to be and to free him from his troubles. His words were much more elaborate but that seemed to be the main idea. I wasn’t sure whether to keep walking up or to turn back, I didn’t want to interrupt them, and frankly the whole scene was pretty strange. Ben loves any kind of drama so he was very curious about what was going on and stood off to the side watching. To add to the David Lynch feel, the whole time a random woman was repeatedly walking up and down the stairs of the castle, silently, wearing flip flops.
Ben’s uncle generously offered to have Ben come to the lab where he works in Key Biscayne to learn some things around marine science. While Ben and Uncle Yoni were learning about ghost crabs, oceans, and maps, Ella and I explored a nearby beach.
Then, because we hadn’t had enough science for the day, we went to the science museum to visit our favorite exhibits. They have a beautiful coral reef constructed inside a huge tank, starfish you can touch, and other micro habitats to marvel at.
Another day we went to Young at Art, a great interactive museum about half an hour away.
We are on a tight budget this month so we are trying to mostly do activities that are free or inexpensive and avoid take out and careless spending. We made an exception for a coffee at our favorite spot downtown on Sunday.
Last but not least…
I’m working on a homeschooling post for this week and a piece in a real live print magazine! Stay tuned for good things.
Have a great week!