Financing such an enormous undertaking couldn't have been possible at this time without the help of these people!
We absolutely LOVE exploring the world so far! We got to watch the seasons change with such intensity as we travelled north that the colors were as vibrant as a flower garden in a painting. We've seen a lot of really cool flowers and a ton of new fungi species. We planted some pretty smelling mint at our first stop and we even got to use some to make our own fresh tea. We can't wait to share a few new recipes with you!
We visited the Museum of Gloucester and got to learn all about local history, world history, and Star Wars!!! It was a hands on experience and so much fun. We got to visit a local shopping mall and buy a bunch of yummy candy. We even got to dig up dinosaur bones and dress up as Roman fighters. It was so cool! Thanks for helping us get to learn and experience more.
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. You should know that we have stopped to meet and pet every dog we've spotted all across England so far. We lost count somewhere around 75 and there were a few that the owners said weren't really friendly enough, but these kids have learned so much from working and being with you that they have made countless dog friends, and countless warm, fuzzy memories.
Visiting the beach in England was so surprising for us. We didn't expect all that sunshine and we'd never seen a beach before that was all rocks! We collected so many, and it's so hard to choose which to leave behind. We had ice cream (twice!) and got to visit a few really cute little shops. We even bought a couple of cool fossils and loved visiting a museum called Dinosaurland that was FILLED to the brim with fossils and crystals and gems. Oh my!
You and your family helped us get to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. We hunted for fossils and had a lot of fun trying to pronounce the Latin names for the things we saw. It was such a cool experience! We even found some real fossils that we can bring home with us.
We missed our Halloween buddies so much this year! Thanks to you though, we made sure we still had costumes, candy, and adventures! We made it to Scotland in our costumes and had a (very cold) picnic on the beach. An early night under the covers with The Little Shop of Horrors was a perfect ending. We miss you and appreciate everything you do for us!
You wouldn't believe how many sheep there are out here! We thought we saw a lot of cows when we visited you but out here we've seen more sheep than all the cows we've ever seen in our whole lives. Helping out on the farm was really cool, and visiting several have been cool too. But the coolest experience ever was coming up on a park that had it's own herd of cows to hang out with!
Our experience meeting the owls and raptors at The Raptor Foundation was unbelievable. We met and pet the sweetest little feathered potato on our own private tour. We learned so much about birds of prey and got to have a whole flight demonstration where a few of these amazing birds chose to participate and show off for us for just a few pieces of chicken (and a lot of praise from us) as a reward.
Science is EVERYWHERE! England is so rich with history, being as old as it is, but what we didn't realize was how much science there would be IN that history! We've learned so much about wind turbines and how a thatched roof works. We've seen countless species of flora and fauna. Being able to really break into the rocks we found at Lyme Regis though, looking for real fossils, was beyond exciting. We loved using tools to smash the rocks and talked a lot about the sounds and smells of the act
Some days in England are dreary. There are tons of rainbows and plenty of sunshine but they weren't kidding about the rain and damp! So we used some of those days to do lots of awesome craft projects. We've learned to felt, do diamond paintings, cook new dishes, and brew the perfect cuppa! We made our own toga for a halloween costume and also painted a beautiful hanging planter that we filled with fresh moroccan mint. It's been really great to be able to do all of these things.
England is a super cool place and we think you'd love it. There are kids out playing sports all the time in all of the parks. They play football (soccer) and rugby in any weather! We were lucky enough to get our own rugby ball and learn a bit about the game. It's perfect for burning off lots of energy and really fun.
While the kids have always loved traditional school, we really wanted to get them out into the world to experience things first hand. They have always been really good at facts and lists but haven't always had the best luck at finding ways to apply what they learn. Out here they're learning to make adjustments as they go along, decide what they need to work on, and focus on social skills in an entirely new way.
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