My parents have some lake property a couple hours from home, so my dad got the whole family except my sister-in-law (whom we missed very much) to travel out to the property and spend the day hiking around. It also happened to be his birthday! We had a fun time messing around in the woods. It was windy and cold though, but when we were under the protection of the trees it wasn't bad. The kids had a great time checking out the rock cliffs, throwing rocks in the lake and eating junk food for lunch.
Can you tell we had fun?!! Love you, Dad! Happy Birthday!
We always enjoy getting together with our small group from church. Sometimes it gets a little loud, maybe a little bloody, but what can you expect when you get 6 families together with 16 kids! Anyway, we had a great time on our 2nd Annual Fall Hayride. We sat around the fire and had hot dogs and s'mores and then we hopped on the trailer for a little fun. It was so cute because the boys were trying to scare us and make howling sounds and all. It was classic! The girls even tried scaring the boys when they went on their own hayride. By that time, it was really dark and the girls were more scared by hiding in the trees themselves than the boys.
Bo got a scare himself, by falling into the fire. Praise the Lord only a brick that formed the pit scratched his hand. He touched a log to balance himself, but not the part that was on fire. Whew! From then on it was, "Fire, owie!"
Except for the times he was worried about the little dog scratching Betty and her friend. He would yell from 20 yards away, "Pareful, dog, scatch!" over and over. Such a caring brother... :)
Of course, there was a gorgeous sunset that I had to capture, too.
"Oh no, my Africa broke. Oh well, I'll just bite a little more and turn it around, and it can be Australia." In Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory, the kids were asked to make the continents by biting off bits from a graham cracker to leave the continent shape behind. They were a little leary at first, but even E decided she could participate in a little geography activity. Of course, I didn't have enough graham crackers to go around, so we tried tortillas, but I didn't have tortillas. Then we did find a few flat tostada shells, but not enough to go around. Then we broke out the cheese. (Can you tell I needed to go shopping?) They finally completed their continents.
Not exactly to scale, but at least they know their continents!
Okay,well...not really tea, but orange juice and there wasn't even a tea set involved. Betty and Bo had me fill up a pumpkin ice mold with orange juice (since orange juice is orange like a pumpkin) and they proceeded to slurp it up with their straws. They enjoyed a couple refills as well. They were happy in their own little silliness and I was happy that they were playing together NICELY and were not destroying things while I got some school done with the olders. :)
We had a practically perfect day at the pumpkin patch as Mary Poppins would say. We said so too, especially since we got to go with our awesome homeschool group and our sweet friends from out of town. We went on a circuit of activities at the farm - games first and pics with the pumpkins.
Then it was on to the hay maze and finding the pumpkins under the hay.
Next came the petting zoo with lots of pets from the younger crowd.
Then we watched a short video about a pumpkin and ended with a hay ride.
The weather was gorgeous but the farmer mentioned the drought that has been going on so we're just praying for more rain for our neck of the woods.
For Betty's Pre-K/Kindergarten, we've been delving into the fall themes like most everybody else. In September, we had fun with apples. See links below. We also had a taste testing that all the kids got involved with. There was one of us who shall remain nameless that was quite upset at us using all those apples and then wasting them. Said child threw into a tantrum with sulking and crying because (s)he loved apples so much (s)he just couldn't stand to see any wasted. After a lengthy heart to heart and reassurance from mom that there would be no casualties, the taste testing began. We each sampled a bite from each apple and talked about how the apples looked, smelled, felt and tasted. Then I had them leave the room and I had them guess the mystery apple. The two older kids guessed correctly. The unhappy child that started out the testing was by this time quite happy and asking to do it again. :) Go figure!
Part of our apple supply went to artistic pursuits. Believe it or not this was the first time I had ever done apple prints with any of my kiddos. Look at the delight on this one's face!
This one's delight had much less to do with apples and more to do with mess. ;)
In October, we focused on pumpkins and leaves. Although the leaves in our area are just now hitting their peak color. We may do a few things more leaf things yet. Bo loved transfering candy pumpkins to a pumpkin ice cube tray from Target's $1 aisle.
Betty has really been enjoying her Spin and Graph from 2 Teaching Mommies. (See below.)
Bo has just been enjoying gluing on anything he can find. Which is plenty! Ha!