Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Have a great night everyone may you get many treats and no tricks.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Day At Webers

We spent Madeline's birthday at a local farm, we go every year and have a blast, this year our whole homeschool group went as well. It was such fun.

we drove some farm tractors:-)

we talked a little turkey.

we went on a fun hayride around the farm withour friends.

we sliid down the slide in the hill this is super fun.Even Ms.Melinda tried it out.

We went thorugh a straw maze and played on some funny colored tires.

This is a yearly tradition on Madeline's birthday, I can see us doign this when she has kids, it is so fun and a great way to just have fun together.

Bunny Whisperer

Grace and Madeline volunteer at the local animal shelter and really just love it. They love all the creatures and walk and play with them all. but Grace seems to have a special gift with the bunnies, they chirp when she enters the room and flock around her and climb all over her. She whispers in their ears how sweet and pretty they are and hugs them and gives them ymm-yums.

this is Bun-Bun, this rabbit is so attached to Grace it is funny, he cries when she leaves and will only love on her. He is being adopted though so she stopped to give him a goodbye hug. And to whisper in his ears he will be fine and loved in his new home.

surrounded by the bunnies:-) The one by himself cracks me up he looks like a dog,too cute.Grace loves visiting and loving on all the animals at the shelter ,but she certainly has a way with those bunnies:-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Boys at Gunpowder Park

This past Thursday while the girls where doing volunteer work at the animal shelter. I took the boys to a local state park . It was a lovely brisk fall day made for playing and exploring all that is around us.And honestly I needed to get out of the house and stretch my legs a bit.So we packed up some snacks, and off we went.

The boys found some lovely leaves and played happily on the playground. Eventually they migrated to sword fights onto the picnic tables- with sticks of course- boys will be boys of course.

having a snack and enjoying the view.It is so pretty here, with many lovely vistas to look at and savor.

After our snacks we took a short hike around the park- theres a ton of trials and such lovely things to see-. We saw some folks fishing and waved hi.

apples and pumpkins

We spent Friday evening at the local nature center-Marshy Point- doing an apples and pumpkins fall program. Our friend Wanda was the naturalist in charge and led a fun evening. It was a rainy night and this proved to be a fun time. Madeline stayed home from her haunted trial cause of the rain but she had a great time here.

The kids painted mini pumpkins- as many as they wanted- in bright colors . Ours will look so pretty on our window sills.All the way till Thanksgiving.

coring out some apples to make baked- or microwaved- apples. And chopping up a few to make blender applesauce.

trying the finished apple sauce -Shawn was happy just eating a plate of raisins.

This was such a fun way to spend a rainy fall evening, not many people came to the event but we had fun, with those who did.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Madeline's birthday

Happy 14th Birthday to my first baby :-) Her delivery was my longest- three days- but she was well worth it:-) She has been a blessing to us and all who have met her. Love you sweetheart:-)

Friday, October 16, 2009


we are currently reading Frankenstein for our family read aloud, with Halloween upon us it seemed a fitting choice. We are enjoying it , and my step dad has the original movie he is gong to let us watch after we are done. The story has been good so far, we have only gotten past the chapters of the creature being made and of his killing the brother of Frankenstein. We are using a study guide along with it with plenty of discussion and vocabulary to go along with it. It has been a bit rainy this week so it has been a nice time to curl up by the fire and read it together. We should be done this weekend. Then we will begin the Witch Of Blackbird Pond.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

picking some pumpkins

Heading out on the wagon to the pumpkin patch. It was a sunny perfect fall day. We went to Lohrs which is a bit of a ride but it is pretty and this farm makes apple slushies which are a big favorite with all my kids.

the boys selecting a pumpkin or two- or many-, my battery died here so I did not get any photos of the girls getting theres. Always happens:-)

we took home 8 pumpkins, -and will have fun next weekend having a carving party- and we took home 20lbs of apples from the orchard, we have been making applesauce and pies, and dried some out , and of course just munching . Theres just something about a sunny day on the farm that makes all the worries it he world just melt away.

Friday, October 9, 2009

rock pie

I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself and moping on the porch yesterday. When my sweet Shawn walked across the porch and set a plate on the chair next to me, and smiled:-)

the rock pie Shawn made for me:-) He was quite proud of this. It made me smile and feel all warm inside. Hard to feel sorry for myself when I have such sweet kind loving kids.

doesn;t that look yummy:-) Made me smile he spent quite a bit of time filling up this plate and carrying it across the porch to me, and said 'yum' when he set it on the chair. Bless his little heart. It is so wonderful to be so loved:-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

wooly bullies

While helping put out our trash for tomorrows pick up my critter loving girl Grace made a great discovery. Four wooly bear caterpillars. Here they all are on her arm- one of them did some duty on her:-}-. It is part of their defense cause she said it itched before she washed it off.

I had never really known what butterfly or moth the woolie bears where from . So Adam ran and got this old book I had- its copyright is 1947:-)- and brought it out. And we found the woolie bears are Isabelle moths.

Shawn kept waving and telling them 'Hi':-) He is such a charmer:-)

What a fun impromptu lesson. It seems since i am not getting around to much that God is bringing the learning to us:-) Made for a fun afternoon anyways. The woollies are in a container with some leaves and sticks for a little while then will be let go. They do hibernate over the winter and need to make thier cocoons soon.