With the end of summer we’ve been doing way more playing than schooling (even for us, when play usually finds a way to be educational!) but here’s a bit of what we’ve been doing…
1. We’ve been hitting the local libraries lots and loading up on great books. Anna is devouring kiddie novels while Jack has been reading easy books to himself and I’ve been reading tons of picture books to both boys. My current favorite is titled something like Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken about a chicken who runs off from the farmyard for worldly adventures when she gets bored.
2. We did sheet painting.
3. We’ve been having fun with Mouse, our new kitten.
(Can you tell I got my new camera???)
4. We’ve been reading a “Blast from the Past” history read-aloud about Alexander Graham Bell. I’m not sure I could recommend this series with a good conscience since it is so insipid and dull (for this grown up, anyway) but the kids do enjoy hearing the books and they do learn some history. And they’re free from the library and the only series like this that I’ve found there! 🙂
5. Our butterfly emerged and we released her/him (Jeanne, how do you tell from the spots again?) in the back yard.
6. Daryl has taken the kids to the Jeffers Petroglyphs several times this week. He supplies some items for their gift shop and does volunteer work there, so he visits with the staff and teaches an occasional visitor how to throw with the atlatl while the kids explore the artifacts and trails.
7. Jack made friends with this grasshopper. He is very good at finding small creatures, catching said creatures, and convincing them to hang around with him.
8. We painted personalized dining room chairs from old chairs we got on Freecycle last year.
Anna is the only one who is completely done. I love how they all look!
9. Anna has been doing a book of Suduko puzzles. She loves doing them and has become very good at it.
10. We had an apple day! Our neighbor came over and asked if we wanted to come pick apples from her tree the other day and we headed over today. The kids got to use the apple picker and shake the tree for even more apples.
We came home with three big bags of apples.
These were organic apples in the truest sense of the word — never sprayed, never bothered with, full of occasional worms and bugs and bruises and bad spots. Anna happily helped peel for a little bit and then realized what an undertaking it was!
Daryl spent literally hours peeling and cutting apples for me and by the end of the day I had made one big jar of applesauce for the freezer, one big pan of apple crisp (that we completely devoured by the end of the night), a huge batch of strawberry applesauce (with strawberries we picked and froze this summer!) another oversized apple crisp waiting to be baked, plus froze 14 cups of apples in 2 and 4 cup bags for cooking.
And then the oven died. So I have an uncooked, oversized apple crisp I’ll have to find an oven for tomorrow!
Victoria comes home on Monday. We’re meeting Tiffany in Iowa for the exchange. It will be good to have her back and odd after so long with her gone. Hopefully she’ll muster up a little happiness about coming home. She told me on the phone today that she woke up the other day and heard yelling and screaming upstairs and thought she must be home! Harumph. 🙂