The cattle roaming in the field. I took this at dusk.
The edge of the farm.
In the summertime, thousands of bats enter the cave here at dusk. Behind Rusty is seating for spectators to watch this spectacular event every night.
The whale's mouth. Looks just like one!
I went potty 800 feet underground.
The elevator counted down by feet. Inside, the elevator lady turned out the lights so we could see the cavern wall out the window as we rode up.
Rusty and his sister, Lacey, had a hell of a time getting the sprinklers going. Having to constantly adjust in order to keep them straight...it all looked to me like a real pain in the butt. I offered to help but quickly realized that I would be more in the way than anything. Although, Rusty did give me the responsibility of turning the knob on the sprinkler to get it going. Of course, I botched that by making it go the wrong way. No worries, I figured it out.
Rusty had to move some of the pipes around on the sprinklers. Apparently, the rabbits like to crawl in the pipes and hide. Here are some shots of Rusty and Toby (the dog) removing one. Unfortunately, I cannot promise that all rabbits were unharmed during the shooting.
Over the last few weeks she has shown interest in colors and is able to say every color in her color book, although orange she calls "noise". Still pretty good for a 3 year-old. She can also count to 12...verified by Miss Karen. The class has been working on dressing/undressing themselves (with their snowsuits) daily which has triggered Ella's need to prove that she can do this at home. She changes her clothes anywhere from 2 to 20 times on any given evening.
The challenges that we are still facing with Ella's speech is following through with the endings of words like "ing" or "ed" when describing things/actions. She is also having a hard time answering Who, What, and Where questions. And, whenever she is asked to say an animal, instead of using the name, she uses the sound the animal makes in order to describe it. For example, a "Moo" is a cow, a "Meow" is a cat, a "Qua Qua" is a duck...you get the idea.
All in all though, the class has been wonderful for Ella's speech, and it really is a relief to be able to verbally communicate with each other now. Her teachers were quick to state that she is a very smart little girl, and her grasp of concepts is spot on, sometimes even above and beyond, where she should be for her age. Yay!