We went to visit Mimi and Papa for Phillip's birthday.
That's a nice thing about homeschooling ~ you can rearrange the school schedule whenever you want or need to.
The kids opened their Christmas gifts from Mimi and Papa. The gifts gave them something to do while hanging out for a couple of days.
We went to see the Iwo Jima memorial in Harlingen, TX. It's the original full-size plaster model of the famous bronze sculpture in Washington, DC. There was a short movie about it, and Papa told us some stories that he'd heard from men who had been in that battle.
A delicious Mexican restaurant.
A farmer friend of Papa's invited us to his citrus orchard to pick grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. He often sends down bags of fruit when Mimi and Papa come to visit, and so we are blessed with lots of fresh citrus!
He had some stories to tell us too about dealing with thieves who will come fill the back of a pick-up with the fruit and then sell it at farmer's markets.
He told us about these cutter ants that like the leaves and some of the fruit. He said they're fine for older trees, but they can destroy young trees. The ants were marching in a long line and we followed them to their nest. They have big squarish heads and spider-looking legs. Quite industrious little folks.
Harrison and Emily the day after we got back and had to start right back to school and HAAC day.