After a long morning of creating in Minecraft (and listening to/absorbing story and play from those two crazy Brits, Stampy and iBallisticSquid), Luna decided that it was time to look for spring.

Current Minecraft creation: final touches on treehouse carpeting, in green.
Current Minecraft creation: final touches on treehouse carpeting, in green.
It is always a delight to find the first crocus of spring.
It is always a delight to find the first crocus of spring.

Then, we played hide-and-seek for awhile. She always counted quickly and looked before I was ready. I told her that she cheated, to which she replied, “It’s because I’m ‘cheeky.'”

Afterward, we revived an activity we hadn’t done in some time: Fossil Finders. At the ripe old age of six, Luna is an amateur archaeologist in her spare time. There are many bags of bones, brushes and magnifying glasses around the house. Recently, Luna had received important information about the possibility of scattered pterodactyl bones in the front yard. She went to investigate.

Fossil Finder Luna digging for bones.
Fossil Finder Luna digging for bones.

As she dug, she found new spring growth and was concerned that she was hurting the plants.

Here, the archaeologist assembles bones after dig.
Here, the archaeologist assembles bones after dig. Notice rib bone in her hand; my trusty stick radar to the right. Pink hat helps a lot.

We found many bones in the yard: ribs, femurs, skull and tiny arms. It was the first of its kind to be found in the area.

The completed pterodactyl fossil.
The completed pterodactyl fossil.

Luna became interested in archaeology, and of course fossil-finding, through her grandmother, Bunny, also an amateur archaeologist. Dinosaurs have been a big part of our lives.

Digging for bones, burgeoning archaeologist-style.
Digging for bones, burgeoning archaeologist-style.
Triceratops unveiled.
Triceratops unveiled.
A younger, dusty Fossil Finder after on of her first digs.
A younger, dusty Fossil Finder after one of her first digs.

Our dinosaur collection has grown, going with us on trips.

Dinosaurs waiting for a boat ride in very orderly fashion.
Dinosaurs waiting for a boat ride in very orderly fashion.
Dinosaurs on holiday.
Dinosaurs on holiday.

And we have looked for dinosaurs on our own trips.

Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Pterodactyl love.
Pterodactyl love.

The next day, after our first spring outing and renewed fossil finding, our Fossil Finder went out for another dig with her Papa, and apparently another helper, her “brother Fred.” She doesn’t have a brother, nor does she know anyone named Fred. Yet, I was quite sure that Fred was there, and helped her locate another set of bones littering the front yard: spinosaurus.

The completed spinosaurus specimen. Quite impressive.
The completed spinosaurus specimen. Quite impressive.

Fred is a really good assistant.

We love dinosaurs. We will look for more dinosaur bones on our traveling adventures!

Liza Beth Rumery

Liza likes to do a lot of things. Currently, she like to make food, ride bikes, study languages and hang out with her family.

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