Four Years Old

Adrian is four years old!

He requested a dinosaur cake, so I made a brownie and let the kids decorate it with their toy dinosaurs.  It was the best looking cake I have seen in a long time! Adrian thought it was perfect, just what he wanted. It tasted great with the chocolate chip and the raspberry chocolate ice creams he chose.

Spring Flowers

The crocus are up!  Spring is here!  The girls were so excited finding the first flowers in our yard. They both loved tucking flowers behind their ears and bringing me my first bouquet of the year.  They love the flowers as much as I do!

The neighbor offered to let them pick his daffodils when they come up…wonder how many flowers they would leave him if they were allowed to pick to their hearts content?

Spring Nature Walk

Yesterday, Adrian and I got to explore Oxbow Park while the older kids had Science Slueths.  We spent our time looking for signs of spring.  Adrian got to lead me around and we found many things–including our first turtle of the year! While I would still love to make another snowman this year, I am excited for spring!

Dreams

Adrian has white chocolate chips in his hands. Here is his story about them.

“You can eat them.  You can plant them.  You put them in the dirt snow and they turn into seeds.  They grow into a chocolate chip tree.  The tree is blue and the chocolate chips are black!”

I found the following poem while looking for new ones for the kids to memorize.  I thought it fit very well!

Little Brother’s Secret

By Alfred A. Knopf (1924)

When my birthday was coming
Little Brother had a secret:
He kept it for days and days
And just hummed a little tune when I asked him.
But one night it rained
And I woke up and heard him crying:
Then he told me.
“I planted two lumps of sugar in your garden
Because you love it so frightfully.
I thought there would be a whole sugar tree for
your birthday.
And now it will all be melted
O the darling!

Ice

The changing weather has given us lots of fun outdoor activities. We are making our own syrup and taking walks outside again. The other day Adrian fell into a mud puddle up to his waist.  Today they broke the ice off of those puddles and played with the ice sheets!

Glorious Morning

Did you get a chance to really look at the frost this morning?  It was beautiful!

The children called it “spikes” but it is really hoar frost. These pictures are of air hoar frost, frost on objects above the ground! We were able to explore and enjoy it for awhile until the sun came out.

Maple Syruping

Learning to read and do math is important.  Learning by doing and experimenting is so important too.

God designed boys to work.  Learning to work hard while enjoying their work and improving on their best is a lesson too few of today’s boys ever learn.

As a friend said, “You can read about how to maple syrup, or you can make your own.” If you want to see how we made our own, please check out Mark’s blog. Learning to make maple syrup is a lot of work, but the end result is delicious!