October 27, 2012

All My Saints.

From left to right: St. Joseph, St. Anthony, a cowboy, St. Lucy, and St. Francis.
We had our annual All Saints party at our homeschool co-op on Friday.
The kids were actually happy about it the smiles had just begun to fade!
This was the fifth picture and the only one where someone wasn't blurry from wiggling!
(St. Joseph didn't have his props, St. Anthony has some "lost" keys on his belt, and well, the cowboy just picked that! I didn't dress Peter up because mainly it would have been more effort for me to try and keep something on him for the whole day than it was worth!)

October 24, 2012

Love is...

a potted Maple given to you by your boys.
With "M" for Mom.

October 20, 2012

Baptismal Birthday.

Happy Baptismal Birthday, Patrick!
We loved renewing our baptismal vows with you!
And, you made your own dessert!
Yummy brownies!

Field trip to Connor Prairie.

We took another field trip this week (and can I say....I have nothing planned for next week and I'm really relieved!).  This time we made a bit of a trek to Connor Prairie Historical Park to meet up with some friends who were on their fall break from school.  I, of course, took way too many pictures to share here but I'm posting a few of my favorite.  In the collage above, I have some of the more scenic images from the park.
When I told my boys where we were going, they groaned.  They didn't think doing something "educational" sounded like much fun.  But, I will tell you, they had a blast.  We were there all of their open hours--10am to 5pm and we enjoyed every bit of it and didn't get to quite "do it all."

Most of the kids---Peter is hiding back there in the stroller, and our friends had two little ones also in a stroller, not in the picture.
Some of our little Indians in the Lenape village.
We had a lot of fun here and learned about the Delaware Indians. 
One of the thrills of the day was learning how to throw a tomahawk.
Nathan is just about to release his throw here. 
And here, if you look close, you can see what a great hit he had! 
Here is one of Patrick's throws, you can see the ax in mid-air.
It didn't stick, the butt end of the ax hit the wood, but he still managed to hit the mark.
It is harder than it looks! 
The other big thrill of the day was basket-making.
My kids have been trying to make baskets out of goldenrod (it doesn't work but still they try) so they were extra excited to have a finished basket.
Among the other exciting things we enjoyed a "party" at the Dr.'s house (refreshments and dancing included).  Completing tasks in Prairietown--half the kids worked to be a "cook" and the other half a "farmhand".  During which they got to set a table, wash dishes, and milk a cow.  We also dipped candles and watched some pewter jewelry being made.  All in all, it was quite the fun AND educational day.  Made all the better by getting to enjoy it with friends.

October 19, 2012

Fall Fun with the littles.

The "littles" and I had a fun fall walk the other day.  (The "littles" being the littlest half of my kids: Liz,  Nick, and Peter).  We set out to find some pretty leaves for a quick project and to enjoy the fresh air.  We were lucky to find lots of beauty and quite a few wildflowers still showing their pretty faces. 
Elizabeth was enraptured by the giant Sycamore leaves. 
The best thing about a walk with little ones is the way they are captivated by the smallest of details.
Here, Peter found a patch of moss and we spent at least five minutes trying to pet it, pluck it, and squash it.  All in the name of science, of course. 
Elizabeth found a bouncy branch and they all had to give wiggling it a try. 
Peter, too, of course. 
Elizabeth accumulated the most leaves for sure. 
Peter accumulated a frisbee and a shovel.
And gave me a funny, shruggy pose for the camera. 
Nicholas discovered a batch of hedgeapples.
Or monkey brains.
Or Osage Orange.
Call them what you want. 
Peter called them balls, found they were quite worthy of being thrown, and carried a supply back to the house.
After our walk, we enjoyed making the standard leaf rubbings.
They were most amazed that the rubbing "matched" their leaves exactly!
We also made leaf "suncatchers" with wax paper and Elizabeth took crafting to the next level by gluing all of her remaining leaves onto paper.

October 15, 2012

All about Apples.

We were able to take a field trip to a local farm a couple of weeks ago.  It turned out to be us and just one other family but it was nice!  We were able to learn all about apple growing, sorting, storage and how to make cider.  And of course, take a tractor ride with a sampling of Jonathan apples.

Actually picking the apples is always an exciting event.  Between climbing in the trees for the biggest apples and getting to use the apple picker, fun was to be had.
Frankly, give the kids a long stick with a metal basket on the end and what could be more amazing?

It doesn't take long to pick 20 pounds of apples with 6 kids helping.
Luckily, they kept their strength up by sampling while they worked.
Peter sampled more than his fair share!

If you give a mom 20 pounds of apples.....
she will make applesauce.
And apple pie (2 of them--one to eat and one to freeze).
And, we tried crisping the peels in the oven with cinnamon sugar (it was in last month's issue of Martha Stewart magazine) but alas, dinner had to be made and they didn't crisp quite long enough.
They were good though.
We still have plenty to eat in the fridge (stored with a damp towel as recommended!) and the chickens thoroughly enjoyed their apple scraps!

October 2, 2012

Baptismal Birthday.

Happy Baptismal Birthday, Elizabeth!

That would be an insult.

Jacob:  Don't keep saying those bad compliments about his special thing!