ARBA Stark County Rabbit Show

Today, S12 and I went to the Stark County ARBA show. She has decided to take a doe and litter project this year for 4H, so we are beginning the process of finding her a doe bunny. We found several possibilities, but just as she made up her mind about one particular rabbit, we learned that it had already been sold. The breeder informed us that they had three other does at home, however, and that they would consider selling one to us since it was for 4H. We emailed her our contact info right then and there, and hope to see some pictures later this week.

O11 has started drawing more, sometimes with her computer/tablet and more often now with fine-point Sharpies. She’s really blossomed with her skill and has a great eye. Where S12 is good at coming up with her own unique pieces- drawing from her mind’s eye, if you will- O’s skill is in drawing what she sees. Both have come a long way from scribbles and stick figures.


Minecraft Homeschool: This Amazing World Week 2

This week on Minecraft Homeschool, O8 is learning about the Great Barrier Reef. For her Learn It assignment and quiz, she had to watch a video from National Geographic about reefs in general and the Great Barrier Reef itself. She scored 100% on her quiz, which has made her quite proud.

The Build It assignment was to make a section of reef using sponge (which, in Minecraft, opens a volume of air above it that the Player can survive in), dirt, sand (for cacti) and plants that would resemble individual polyps. There was also a Team Build where players were encouraged to connect their builds to make the Great Barrier Reef.

Screenshot from Week 2:

this amazing world week 2

S10’s New Bunny

Today we drove up to Meadville to visit a rabbitry, so that S10 could get a new bunny for 4H. Bullseye, who turned out to be a lot older than we thought, passed away April 26.

The rabbitry is run by a 4H leader and she was very pleased to hear that was why we were looking for a bunny. S10 looked at several mini Rexes and a few mini Lops. It was a very hard decision.

We almost went home with this little fellow:


But then we spotted a cage of black mini Rex, and one was a doe (our preference).

O8, meanwhile, fell in love with a cat named Lucy. I would have taken Lucy home if we could. She was a super nice cat.


In the end, we purchased this little cutie for $15. We are still thinking of a name for her.


Bunny Buddies April 2013

Today we attended our monthly 4H meeting.  The kids took their rabbits and practiced handling them.  They also worked on skillathon materials.

S9’s bunny, Bullseye:



O8’s rabbit, Holly:




The kids also got their club t-shirts tonight, which is why everyone has on a maroon shirt. They earned the money for the shirts from their last two fundraisers.



This was our first time bringing rabbits to the meeting. It was both intimidating and exciting at the same time.




Today, we went to our first ARBA rabbit show.  It was held in Akron at the Summit county fairgrounds.  We spent some time walking around and looking at the different breeds.  The girls spotted several fuzzy lops, a breeder with a lot of mini Rex, some cute hollands, and Flemish giants (which are a little creepy, according to S9).  We talked to the mini Rex guy.  We watched some of the judging.  We also saw a dealer who makes travel carriers and cages.

We went through almost the entire show before we spotted a breeder with adorable Dutch rabbits.  She showed us a cage with three that were for sale by her 4-H niece.   O8 was smitten with one in particular.  We decided to get pancakes and talk it over.

At breakfast, O8 decided she wanted to get the Dutch female.  She solemnly promised to care for her and do what she needed for her 4-H project.  We went back to talk to the dealer, and settled on a price of $35 (I can’t believe we paid that much for her, either).  Our travel cage was in the van, so we went out to get it.  A few minutes later, the girls and I headed out with our new bunny.


On the way home, we stopped at Tractor Supply and bought a cage.  It turned out to be a horribly cheap, flimsy, poorly-designed travesty, so we packed it back up and went to PetsMart instead.  There, we bought a ridiculously-overpriced but much better quality rabbit suite.  O8 helped me put it together.  Soon, Holly had her penthouse assembled and was introduced to her new home in our kitchen.

Holly's new house

Zoo School Wednesday Oct 2013

After art this morning, we headed up to the Akron Zoo for the October session of Zoo School Wednesday.

The theme for today was “Tiger Valley”. The objectives for today’s class were:

  • Students will be able to explain what conservation is and how it applies to the animals at the zoo.
  • Students will be able to tell why the animals in Tiger Valley are endangered.
  • Students will be able to list some reasons why animals may become endangered.






After Zoo School, we had our regular 1.25 hour gymnastics class at OGI.