Didgeridoo Down Under

Today I went to a VERY fun show at the library. It was called “Didgeridoo Down Under”. I sat with all my other homeschool/unschool friends. I was super well behaved! 🙂 It was a bit loud for me but I only covered my ears for a little of the program.


I absolutely loved the sound of the didgeridoo. It made my insides giggle.


It was really neat to learn more about Australia, their people, animals and culture. But that didgeridoo was pretty AWESOME!


The man was hilarious. He had the entire room laughing. He was very silly with his jokes and all this stuffed animals. Mommy was shocked how many of the kids in the room (well over 75%) didn’t know that they were mammals! HUh? Probably why I am homeschooled! 🙂 Mommy was equally impressed that I knew a name of a mammal that lays eggs! I now know a new word: monotremes! COOL!


We laughed and learned!


Protect the planet. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!


At the end of the show we got to be super goofy! I was so well behaved and Mommy was so proud of me. Here is a video of the event.

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Mommy still isn’t sure why but Emmerson and I tuned into owls at the very end. Who knows?!


This explains my behavior somedays…

Mommy and Daddy love me very much. However, Daddy says that my name must be periodically influencing my behavior.

Yes, you read that correctly.  The only anagram for my name in common use is: “bothering”.  Yup.  “Bothering”.  Daddy did a face-palm and rolled his eyes when he typed my name in.

(This is from the WolframAlpha Widgets website: Anagrams)

Wonders of Nature with Matt Edmonds

Today we went to Clearwater Main Library to see a show called Wonders of Nature. This may have been the best and most interactive show I have ever seen with animals! I got a seat in the front row with a group of my friends. We were all glued to the show.

The show started out with “Jedi the Augur Buzzard”. He is basically a hawk! Matt Edmonds’, the teacher, held him on his glove so he didn’t get cut from his talons!


In mid sentence the hawk took off and flew around the room and back to Mr. Matt!


I was so amazed!


A goofy picture while about 100 camp kids piled into the room from the local YMCA.


Mr. Matt had the bird do a few more flights across the room. Truly beautiful. I kept telling MOmmy it was the most beautiful thing I had even seen!


Up next was “Stitches the Grey Squirrel”. Stitches is the kid of squirrel we have in our yard but Stitches is trained!


He likes to hunt for peanuts in the dirt.


He climbed all over Mr. Matt while I giggled with delight!


This is “Scooby the Burmese Python”. Scooby is 24 years old and had belonged to Mr. Matt since he hatched from his egg and fit in Mr. Matt’s hand!! WOW!


One girl got to go up and pet the snake. I guess normally all the kids get to do so but there were well over 200 kids plus adults in the room.


There were a few other animals: a rat named Sagan, an Amazon Parrot named Moby and Sun Conures(didn’t get their names). They all did tricks and preformed on command. Mr. Matt is a professional animal trainer! When the parrot was preforming he told us that it took him EIGHT years to teach him the tricks he knows! Wow, and he is a professional trainer.

The next animal out was quite hilarious! it was called a Red-legged Seriama. His name was Bambam.

In the wild they catch lizards and bash them against rocks until they die.


Mr. Matt gave the bird a plastic alligator to do it with. Over and over the bird smashed it into the rock. Neat way to kill your prey.


Next to last was a flying squirrel. I think this was my favorite because he was very cute, tame and could FLY! He ran all over Mr. Matt.


Then he sent him up a pole and the squirrel jumped and FLEW to Mr. Matt. I was so amazed!


The show wrapped up with a “Nova the Eurasian Eagle Owl”.


Really watching intently and learning.


The owl flew from Mr. Matt to a perch on the other side of the room. It was so QUIET! The only way you could tell(besides seeing it) that it was flying across the room was the wind from the wings when it first took off!


Then it would glide into its house.


It would perch and fly back out again!


This was such a wonderful show and I want to see it again some day! WOW! I talked about it all day!

Back From Vacation

We got back in town late late Sunday night after a long drive home on US19! Very pretty drive and no highway stress for Daddy but I just wanted to be home. We spent the entire day Monday recovering from the trip: unpacking, cleaning the house and playing with all the toys we missed for the near month we were gone.

Tuesday I spent the day with friends (without Emmerson!!!!) and we went Letterboxing at Philipee Park in Safety Harbor and then I went to my friend Zachary’s house and went swimming at the HUGE pool at Innisbrook. What fun!

Wednesday we went to Music with Mar and then chilled out for the day… no major plans.

Thursday we met up with some friends again for a morning of Letterboxing and then playground climbing fun. I took a long nap because I was so exhausted! Mommy work me up at 3:45 and said “TIME TO GO” and we went to go see Toy Story 3 at the Clearwater Cinema Cafe (my favorite movie theatre because you can have milkshakes and popcorn while swiveling in the chair!).

Today, Friday, we headed down to Indian Shores to the Goldman’s house (Miss Lynn and one of my best buds Zachary). We spent a while at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary enjoying all the wonderful birds. I even saw a baby white pelican! Very cool! Mommy found a Letterbox at the sanctuary so that was a cool extra treat… it even had a hitchhiker (a traveling letterbox that you have to go hide in another letterbox!).

Afterwards we headed out the back door of the sanctuary and saw all the birds of the beach… there were thousands!!!


We were all being very silly! I look like a giant here… I was just closer to the camera and Zachary was doing a straddle.


Emmerson watched on as Zachary and I played in the water. At first I asked Mommy if I could take my shoes off and not get wet. Then I asked if it was okay to get my pants a LITTLE wet… next thing you know I was in up to my ears! Good thing MOmmy is always prepared with a change of clothing.


The dark-ish skies are courtesy of Tropical Storm Bonnie coming across the state of Florida today! Nothing major!


After a long play on the beach we came back to Zachary’s house and all got showered off and had lunch. After lunch… TV COMA!


We played hard all morning and continued to run and play inside up until about 6pm when we headed home. What a fun day! Glad to be home but miss my Grandparents…

Final Day of Our LONG Vacation

I had a blast with my cousins today. Aunite Kim, Her friend Gary and my cousins (Anna and Ian) stopped by on their was home from Virginia Beach. I enjoyed the morning showing them my tree fort and then a hike down to the bridge. Cousin Ian is crazy! He climbs everything! If it is high off the ground he NEEDS to find a way to climb it!

We had a very busy day at the Cradle of Forestry, Trout Farm, Looking Glass Falls and then Pisgah Recreation Area.

I loved hiking with Ian on the trails.


We got to dig in sawdust to see what we could find. I found a LOT of nothing!


Once again Ian had to climb the train!




Iam climbing something else! I climbed this too but Mommy wouldn’t let me up the crane part.


Yee Haw I am a cowboy!


Looking Glass Falls and home of my meltdown of the day! I wanted to go in the water but Mommy said we weren’t going to swim here we were swimming later in the day.


Finally to the swimming place after a stop at the Trout Farm and a quick Letterbox grab.


Cousin Ian jumping off the rock face.


I am mighty! I am strong! I can lift ANYTHING!


Goofing around in the water.


Iam must have jumped 30 times!


Building a dam with Emmerson, Anna and Mommy. We tried to get the water to pool and redirect. After a good 20 minutes of work, we finally did it!


I had an amazing day and LOVED being around my cousins. I have missed them. I am not looking forward to 10 hours in the car tomorrow but I miss Lightning and my house, friends and toys. So I guess it is time for our adventure to come to an end.