Snow!

andrea and sledWe finally got some snow! We woke up Saturday to a few inches and it snowed on and off all weekend. It is a very light snow, so we can’t make snowmen or forts with it.  It is pretty and we will probably be able to go sledding soon.

The kids and I went outside to play and I asked Andrea to pose for an idea that I had. It turned out okay, but not what I was hoping for.  My favorite picture is the one with Andrea holding the sled watching Mark and Megan play.

Andrea and Megan

When she was done posing, she enjoyed taking Megan for a walk in Grandpa’s fishing sled.  Daddy gave it to us just recently, so I am glad we could play with it.

Andrea

Thief!

Thief checkingIt was not raining as much as yesterday, but still chilly and damp.  I sent a few of the kids outside to do a quick errand for me just before lunch.  I thought that Megan was inside with Mark.

I soon realized that Megan was outside.  She had put on her boots and was standing by our huge Maple Tree in the backyard. When I went to get her because she was not wearing a coat,  I realized that she had discovered how to remove the hose we use to collect sap, and was drinking the sap from it.Sap thief

I found shoes and my camera to catch her in the act. She would check how much sap was in the bucket, and then drink the sap giggling every so often.  She only stopped because she was shivering. She knew how to put the hose back into the bucket, though she had a little trouble putting the tinfoil cover over that.  I think she discovered something she really likes.

We won’t collect much more sap this week.Thief caught  After dropping 30 degrees today, the temperature won’t be good for collecting sap again until late next week. We collected 5 gallons of sap so far, so we are off to a good start.

 

Mark

Mark.bwMark and I had a “date” while the other kids had Science Sleuths at Oxbow today.  Megan was with us being “princess” but she had to follow us around and do what Mark wanted to do.  Mark is the prince, and princesses follow their princes around :).  She did a good job most of the time.

Mark discovered a new path. He wanted to go by the water, and he found some steps that I have never been down.  We found some neat places to explore and Mark found what we think are snow fleas.  He also found the bones of a buck in the water!  Very neat, but sort of gross too.

While he played, I took pictures of him and Megan. I have more nice ones of him, but I think this is my favorite.

Sledding

Adrian enhancedThe weather has been very mild this year, so even though the snow is not very deep, we thought we would try sledding.  The hills were hardly used with very little soft snow so the kids had  trouble getting their sleds to go very fast. Megan learned very quickly to make the ride “scarier” by screaming the whole way down. Everyone enjoyed getting outside, though it was a “tame” day at the sledding hills.  Megan and AudreySledding

Crystal Bubble

Crystal Bubble

This morning, the kids went next door to help the neighbor shovel her driveway.  Megan wanted to go too, so she started that way without me.

This afternoon, we were being silly and playing with bubbles in the house.  We discovered that some of them would bounce on the carpet before popping.  I am not sure how long we played with the bubbles, but it was a lot of fun.

School Today

Swearing inEven though a lot of children had a long weekend, we chose to have school today. We worked on our math and did some reading.

Then, for history, we watched President Obama’s taking the Oath of Office.  It was interesting listening to the kids as they discussed what was happening.  They have been paying attention in history!  We asked Megan to point out who President Obama was when she saw him. She did a good job.  If asked who our President is, she replies “Omama”.

To reward their hard work on a holiday, we will take a “snow day” one day and go sledding.