Hatching nymphs (praying mantis babies) and watching metamorphosis with our butterflies 

For Kinsley’s kindergarten class we are doing our letter B and watching painted lady caterpillars turn into butterflies this week. It came in her kindergarten My Fathers World curriculum.  The kit comes with a voucher for the caterpillars to come in the mail then they eat and eat until the make their chrysalis and then turn into butterflies. The kit is from http://www.insectlore.com  My oldest daughter loves insects so I also bought from the site a praying mantis egg sack.  It hatches 75-200 nymphs. The girls loved watching both kits! I would recommend these to any children of all ages.  Their curriculum is from http://www.mfwbooks.com 


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Leopard gecko reptile habitat! 

Grace has been saving all her money for a reptile habitat. She wanted a bearded dragon or a chameleon but soon realized they get big fast. Up to 18 inches which would mean we would have to upgrade the habitat. She was going to buy a kit at petsmart on sale for $80 but Grace and her father decided to build one together and not buy the kit because they could make it slim enough so the slid outs can still come in without moving it.  Mike also made little heart windows for her ❤️So she finally decided on a leopard gecko🦎Because they get to be around 10 inches.  We bought the gecko and all his habitats stuff at petsmart.  You need to buy crickets and cricket food also. They eat around 2-3 a night.  And all the wood and parts at Home Depot. It is a desert habitat so you need two thermometers one on each end. One has a humidity percentage and heat and the other one is just for heat. You need a heat lamp and we also bought a heated rock. Mike screwed it into where a tv should be in their room but we have never wanted a tv in there so it’s a great spot with all the plug ins. She is so happy ❤️

The temple in Independence MO

There is an amazing Temple here in Independence. Looks like a huge seashell. Went went a few weeks ago to their organ service on Sunday and it was amazing. They have public prayer 🙏 for the world everyday at 1:00. They also have a labyrinth maze to walk in. It was great. 


Pioneer trails museum in Independence MO and visiting with family!

Since we are living in Independence MO we went to the pioneer trails museum. I remember learning about the Oregon trail, California trail and Santa Fe trail when I was a child so I thought it would be a great learning experience for the girls. I learned why all the trails started here in Independence it was because this was the last westward town all the way till their destinations in Oregon, California or Santa Fe which took 4-6 months to walk, ride a horse or sit in a wagon. I bought a book in the gift shop that was a page turner. I read it in a few days and recommended it to anyone probably 3rd grade and up for more info on the trails. It was the Donner party I read about called All We Left Behind. It was very interesting to learn how they actually traveled and mistakes that were made ending them up stuck in the snowy mountains for months starving. 

They also have wagon rides pulled by mules that take you through some trails and the tour guide tells you more history.

We had some family come down that weekend so the girls went swimming in their hotel pool and they played all day.