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.Â Today they broke the ice off of those puddles and played with the ice sheets!
Learning to read and do math is important.Â Learning by doing and experimenting is so important too.
God designed boys to work.Â 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!
Mark has been fascinated by The Nutcracker since he first heard the music and watched the ballet.Â The first time he watched it on television –I think he was three– we thought he would be bored and fall asleep.Â He stayed up till midnight watching it!
We go to see the ballet when we can. Unfortunately, we could not go this year.Â But we will enjoy the music a few times before Christmas.
Since the first year the church decorated with this Nutcracker, we measure the children’s growth each Christmas by it.Â Of course, Mark was the one who asked to take that first picture.
Not sure why, but Frosty the snowman is very popular at our house this year.Â The children love to sing the song and Adrian keep looking for “Frostys” while we drive at night. Adrian is fascinated by this toy at church and gets very excited when it plays Frosty.
I really like it when pictures accidently turn out!
Adrian was not feeling well Wednesday so we stayed home from church.Â We went for a walk down the road in the dark and then experimented with the camera and flashlight.Â He had a lot of fun posing for me.
Then we came inside for hot chocolate and cookies.
A few days later, Allan took Mark and Audrey out and Adrian wanted to go for another walk and experiment with Andrea.Â When we were finished, we enjoyed milk and cookies.
New traditions are fun!
After accidently discovering how to turn on Grandpa’s leaf blower, I got this wonderful smile! Then, I was “helped” on moving the leaves around the yard.
Fall fun includes bobbing for apples and trying to eat donuts off a string. The simple things are often the most fun!
We found this tree at Potato Creek.Â It seemed a perfect tree for my adorable little monkeys.