Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fall is really winter here.......

The kids started ice skating lessons in October. Elise wasn't the biggest fan on the first day, but has grown to enjoy it quite a bit. Katherine took to it quickly.





It is cold in the rink and it's during Ben's nap time, so his favorite place to snuggle up and take a nap in on my back:




Ben is a fan of the snow:


 



All of the kids have enjoyed playing in the snow:




We opted not to go to the University Museum this year for Halloween. It has gotten to be very very crowded, so we tried out Pioneer Park Spooky Town with friends. It was fun, we rode the train, Ben enjoyed waving and saying "bye" while riding the train. The kids enjoyed getting candy and playing games. Katherine was a dinosaur, Elise was a lava dragon and Ben was a lion:

 


 





Ben saying "bye"


And we went trick-or-treat in my friend's neighborhood:




We got the Christmas lights out and hung up. Not sure what Katherine is doing.......





We have enough snow now to have plowed the driveway. The kids think it is perfect for sledding:


Sparrow continues to be a good pup. She likes my lap when I knit:








Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall to Winter


We formally enrolled with a homeschool program this year. When we had our first of the year meeting, they had set up a "first day of school" photo station for the kids.



And with the start of regular school, also came the start of the fall session of Forest School. I taught again a group of 6+ year olds. The fall time was a great time to be out in the woods with the kids, they were so much fun, inquisitive and full of intense play.





 





We went out to Big M farm one more time, this time with Justin. Again, we had a delightful afternoon of picking currants, raspberries and a pumpkin.

Ben picking from the bush:




He always decides my basket is much easier pickings:









When pulled up the greenhouse:


We ended up with had a table-full of green tomatoes. We brought them in and put them in the sun in hopes they would ripen:


And they have been for the past month. I would say 95% of the tomatoes in the house ripened.



We did a joint birthday celebration for the children again this year. We invited friends over to play in a bouncy house and enjoy dinner together. It was so much fun!


Katherine and I took a Zentangles class, which was a lot of fun:





We have a family of woodpeckers that have caught the children's eye this fall as well:


As the snow has started to fly, we now are looking forward to winter!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Katherine turns 7!

Every year I feel the same way - time flies when you are having fun. Katherine turned 7 this year and wow, I can't believe it has been 7 years! She is a delight to spend my time with, she is a fantastic oldest sister and child.

Her actual birthday was full of play dates with friends. We met some friends at the pool, we visited others at home. Katherine and Elise made cupcakes from scratch, and I was told they were delicious.








Katherine requested "Stew in a Pumpkin" for dinner, which was fun to make and was quite tasty:


We face timed with Grammie and Grandpa, sang and opened gifts:








 





Always a delight!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sparrow

We took the plunge and got another puppy.  Sparrow is another English Shepherd who is generally calm and sweet. She was petrified for the first three days but has since come out of her shell, which is a very good thing. The kids think she is pretty great, which is also a very good thing.














Sparrow was one of the names we tried calling her. It became her name when, about a week after she arrived, Ben clearly called to her saying "Sparrow".