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Cracking a Geode

Cracking a Geode

We visited the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences (HMNS) at the weekend and it’s always a trip we  enjoy.  The Big One wanted to see the paleontology exhibit and also the new Ancient Egypt hall but we didn’t get into the actual museum before the girls had seen something they wanted to do even more: … Continue reading

Children’s Hotel Ratings

During our whistle-stop trip around Arizona this last week the Little One started talking about “hometels” and asking whether we would be staying in a hotel or a hometel that evening. Both girls discussed how to classify the different hotels we’ve stayed in and here’s how the rankings work: Motel – clean bed and bathroom, … Continue reading

The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley

We could have stayed longer in Scottsdale but the Grand Canyon called. The drive took us through the semi arid desert, Sonora. The landscape changed from cacti filled desert as we drove higher and it began to look more like Yosemite, with pine forests on the slopes of the higher hills and mountains. But still … Continue reading

The Apache Trail

The Apache Trail

After a swim and breakfast we went to collect our hire car so we could explore the nearby Apache Trail. It’s billed as the most scenic drive in Arizona (by Frommers) and has a few interesting places along the way. Before we got to the first one, Goldfield Ghost Town, we had to deal with … Continue reading

Scottsdale

Scottsdale

We arrived in Phoenix in 100f (38c) heat but though warm, it felt far nicer than the hot and very humid Houston that we had left behind that morning. We drove straight out to Scottsdale, pointing out cacti on the way and being corrected by the Little One every time we said cactuses: “Mummy it’s … Continue reading

Reading in the sunshine…

Reading in the sunshine…

…is one of my favourite things to do.  There’s nothing like sitting somewhere nice in the sunshine, with a cool drink and an engaging book, is there? Luckily for me, the girls have decided that they like to do that too.  Here they are relaxing in the garden with their books: I must find some … Continue reading

Sea World, San Antonio

Sea World, San Antonio

We’ve just got back from a weekend staying in San Antonio so that we could visit Sea World.  We had wanted to go for the Little One’s 4th birthday in November but it’s closed during the Winter (people here think that November is a cold month… obviously not for us!) We all had a fantastic … Continue reading

Roller discos

When I was a child, one of the biggest events in my small home town for children and young teenagers was the roller disco which happened (I think) about once a month at the local sports centre.  There would be a DJ in the corner of the sports hall, the lights would all be flashing … Continue reading

The butterflies have hatched!

The butterflies have hatched!

  One of our butterflies hatched yesterday afternoon, whilst we weren’t here.  The girls were excited but very disappointed that they hadn’t seen it appear from the chrysalis.   This morning whilst we were getting dressed, a second butterfly hatched, so we missed that one too.   I moved the butterflies to the table whilst … Continue reading