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So… This Thing Called Spring…

April 1-3

We keep getting chills and snow but spring is finally in sight! However, as in past years, we did NOT do any sort of April Fools in our home. Moderation is not really a great skill among our boys and I really did not want to risk escalation of silly little jokes into tears and frustration in the ranks.

The month started on a Tuesday… so we had the following Saturday and Home Depot to look forward to… in fact we have a birthday party AND a sleepover to look forward to as well! Talk about starting a month with a bang! I am doubly excited about the sleepover as the boys have been asking for AGES to have someone come over and stay and all of a sudden I have two Novak boys fall into my lap. PERFECT!

We do need to celebrate a new month. How better to do so than with an educational video and fresh buttered popcorn? So Planet Dinosaur went into the PS3 and everyone settled in for a few hours of dinosaurs.101_6621

On Wednesday the kids worked on playing a game Gavin came up with – combining a Squinky gameboard with their Skylanders. It was not explained to me but everyone seemed to agree on the rules and get along REALLY well!101_6622

Thursday was a total fun day for us. We wandered a few stores to run errands including a wonderful children’s clothing consignment store that Darcy showed me where we found a play dress for Trinity and flipflops for the girls at a steal. They have a colouring contest going on right now with pictures of the fish they got for the store where you try to name it. Each of the kids did up one to send back in. My favourite name was Emanuel’s – Swish The Fish!

Dollar store booty

Dollar store booty

Brand new play dress for a steal

Brand new play dress for a steal


We also had our weekly Sam’s Club run… with lunch there this time! 8.00 and all of us were fed… with a variety of things. Seriously EIGHT DOLLARS for SEVEN PEOPLE… the math is grand!!!10153833_10152332084481151_313307060_n

Which led to a FRUIT SALAD BAR for supper!

Which led to a FRUIT SALAD BAR for supper!

On the way home we saw the start of the last (we hope) mini blizzard. There were tons of warnings starting on the the Thursday evening until later Friday. Just a big sudden dump of snow! The kids were not impressed.

Started with rain

Started with rain

To this...

To this…

Ending like this once again

Ending like this once again

We also planted our grass for Easter egg pictures… it was a neat idea I saw on Facebook to make real grass for Easter baskets.101_6631

101_6632And that was that… time to look forward to a fun weekend that STARTS on Friday with a birthday party! And to celebrate the fact that Miss Trinity does NOT need glasses (as was figured out on Monday oops.. forgot  to relay that!).10152044_10152326262471151_776173553_n


Another day another dinosaur… the Ouranosaurus was a sail backed, plant eating dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. Found in Africa, it had an impressive silhouette that meant the sail probably helped regulate temperature (although a site does place this dinosaur in China). It’s name means “brave lizard” and it potentially walked on two and 4 feet.

Now for our videos… Ouranosaurus Nugeriensis, a documentary style video.

And the second, a Planet Dinosaur video…

And now the links…

  • EnchantedLearning HERE
  • Dinosaurs.about.com HERE
  • Animal Planet HERE
  • KidsDinos.com HERE
  • Jurassic Park HERE
  • Prehistoric Wildlife HERE
  • Cool Dino Facts HERE
  • Wiki HERE
  • And our colouring page — Colouring Pages 101 HERE101_0694


China seems to be the place to go to find some rather unique and interesting dinosaurs. Sinornithoides actually means “Chinese bird form” and this Cretaceous period dinosaur lived up to its name (or is it died up to?).  With feathers, a long tail and short teeth this turkey sized dinosaur was a fast runner and clever to boot.

We have just one video for this Chinese marvel… I’m a Dinosaur.

I actually have a rather limited number of links for our feathered omnivore (yes, Emanuel was over the moon that we found another omnivore, though some of our resources say carnivore only). Planet Dinosaur has our dinosaur up with the picture we used as a colouring page HERE. Dinosaurs.about.com has an informative page HERE. I found it interesting that an almost complete fossil was found and it was ALSO in a bird like position… though that COULD be just a result of fossilization of course. EnchantedLearning has a fact sheet HERE. Red Orbit has a short blurb HERE. Dino Wikia also has their information HERE. Palaeocritti has a great image of the skeleton of the Sinornithoides HERE. And of course Wiki has its article HERE. It is hard  to believe that something that could be so dangerous (granted only to small creatures) was so tiny! So perfect! 

Joined by Zander who may just be along for the ride long term on our personal Dinosaur Adventure!