Lorelei loves the opportunity on Sundays to dress up. This dress is her favorite, because it’s like a princess dress.
I’ve said this before, the boys as they get older want to play with toys more, but seem to do it less. So I love SUNDAYS when we can just ‘be’, the Legoes got left out for a few days afterwords, and the kids played and played and played.
Tucker did a great job with his 4th grade report. He choose the praying mantis, and wrote a paper, and made an poster:
And I think his report is my favorite!
by Tucker Phillips
The praying mantis is a born hunter and you have probably seen one before. It is very cool, common and there is usually at least one or two in your backyard during spring.
The praying mantis is a hunter who is usually green or brown. When they are born they are light brown usually resembling his\her parents. It is usually Â½ cm to 4 in long.
They usually live near a plant or in a garden or field that is warm and has bugs and is sunny, warm and a good place to lay egg sacs. They usually live in Northern America, Northern Africa, Asia, temperate rainforests, and Southern Europe.
The praying mantis will usually eat whatever is available. It is commonly thought that they will only eat bugs such as aphids, mosquitoes, flies, roaches, bees, cricket, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders, but they will also eat small birds, such as hummingbirds and sparrows. Also they eat minnow tadpoles and other small fish.
During winter they die…but have usually already laid eggs in an egg sac, which is a hard case that many kinds of bugs lay eggs in, and is similar to a cocoon. The egg sac will usually burst around the beginning of spring or slightly earlier.
Some cool facts about praying mantises are listed below:
1. Mantis means prophet in greek.
2. An 80,000 year old praying mantis was recently found in amber. This bug could be the link between modern day insects and the dinosaurs from ancient past!!!
3. The praying mantis is a pure barbarian. It will usually eat itâ€™s mate after mating.
4. Praying mantis will often be put into farmers gardens purposely because they eat other bugs.
5. Praying mantis have been know to attack cats and SURVIVE!!!
A few plants that live near the praying mantis are trees which they often lay their eggs in or live in. Also they will live in bushes or pea plants or vines.
Some adaptations praying mantis have are:
1. They are usually green or brown to blend in with the nearby plants or other places to live in.
2. Another reason praying mantis survive is there protective egg sac. It will shield them from the cold and any other kind of threat that could face the young mantis.
3. Adult praying mantis will have barbed claws for attacking prey.
The main predators of the praying mantis are large fish, who will devour egg sacs, bats who will swoop down and devour them in the night and last of all birds who will grab it or any other insect it sees.
Finally hereâ€™s the conclusion. Praying mantises are very cool. It is a hunter but hereâ€™s a big question? Can they socialize? The answer usually not with their kind but they will crawl on human hands without hurting us. The big answer….sometimes!!! Well Iâ€™m out of ideas, so I guess this is the end.
While I was touching up the office walls, and had to pull out all the furniture, and pulling out the sewing machine table, reminded me how for years now I have wanted to paint it yellow. So I decided that now was as good of time was any, and started on the task. Because Apparently I have painting ADD, and I love having my whole house torn apart painting things! 🙂
Sun Yellow! Bright, yes?
I still have a few painting projects I want to do (desk and hutch), but I think I’ll wait until the weather is a little warmer! 🙂
Bets on how last it will stay clean? 2.4 minutes? Yep, you were right. 🙂
Grandma Hunsaker is doing so much better, she recently fell and broke some vertebrae in her back. After surgery, and a few days in the hospital, she was released to a rehabilitation Center, to help her get her muscles strengthened, and ready to return home.
The boys were thrilled to get to sit in Grandma’s room and eat Ice-cream while watching Arthur.
We’re glad that Grandma is already doing so much better. 🙂