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A Girl and her Bugs


So….Lucy is quite proud of her latest find – a whole dead cockroach in perfect condition.  I, however, am a bit less than thrilled.  I don’t like the idea of this thing sitting on my counter – even if it is in a sealed plastic bag.

Here’s the deal…

Our zoo is doing a thing called “The Swap Shop.”  It’s basically a way to get kids interested in their environment.  If they find something neat in nature, they save it and learn about it at the library.  Afterwards, they take that interesting thing (aka Cockroach Friend) and tell the zoo peeps everything they learned.  They then trade their little gem for something cooler at the swap shop.  The kids earn points based on how rare the item is, what condition it is in, and how much they learn in the process.

Lucy has taken off with this project in the last week.  So far, we have collected all insects (found, not killed, of course): 3 cicada shells, 1 grasshopper, 1 bee, and 1 roach. She has already started a little journal complete with facts and illustrations.  Very cute and definitely to be kept until she’s 30.

Here’s the icing on the cake:

Ben and Cora were in the other room playing a game of “Hot Potato.” So Lucy wandered in and asked her father tonight, “Hey Dad, can we play hot-potato with my dead roach?’

Awesome – may my nightmares begin.  Ugh. *shivers and goosebumps*

Ladies of the Lake

First Day of Kindergarten

Pre-K Graduation  (End of May)


First Day of Kindergarten (Yesterday)

Six Month Rewind


Cora’s First Haircut

Cora’s 2nd Birthday

Houston Rodeo


Lucy’s 5th Birthday (and first sleep-over with friends!)

Summer Fun (Circus, Playgrounds, SeaWorld – you name it, we did it)

Belcher Family Reunion in Philadelphia

Corpus Christi / South Padre Island Beach Trip

Disney Road Trip 2014


This past February, we took a family road trip to Florida and visited Disney World.  Nanny and Granddaddy met up with us down there.  We drove on the weekends, and spent Monday through Friday exploring the parks.  As usual, the girls both had a blast.  Lucy has been asking to go to Disney since she could first speak.  And she has had several friends going to the park in the past year.  So we couldn’t disappoint.  We’ll probably do the same thing again in three years, once Cora turns 5.  That seems to be the magical age to really soak up what you are seeing and doing, and also the perfect height for almost every roller coaster they have!