While at Camp Patmos, we walked down to see how they did the bird count on the island. The gentleman who banded the birds was super friendly and answered many questions from all of us. He taught us how to identify birds and how to tell if the bird was a yearling. After teaching visitors how to properly hold a bird, we released the birds that they had banded. We went back a few times and enjoyed the chance to see many different birds.
When Allan, Mark and I returned to Indiana after being in Swaziland a few years, Kristi and Dave invited us over for a meal. We enjoyed our talk and our friendship grew.
Our families still love getting together. The last week plus we spent some time with the Sellers at Camp Patmos. Everyone kept busy helping with the weekend retreats, but we still had time to catch up.
My favorite part was having time to talk with Kristi face to face!
I told the kids that the next time it snowed, we would take the morning off and go sledding. It was 5 degrees at 8:00 this morning, but we still headed out to the park. We were happy that it warmed up quickly and we had a great morning.
When Megan noticed how much snow we had, she told me that it would be a lot of fun go sledding. She said it was Christmas and everyone would be home opening presents and she really wanted to go sledding with Daddy and Mark while they were home.
So we got everyone ready and were the first ones at Oxbow sledding this morning. We enjoyed playing in the snow for about an hour before deciding we needed hot chocolate.
The weather was perfect for this year’s Gathering at Five Medals. I appreciated the time each person took to tell their story of life in the Midwest between the 1660s and the early 1800s.
I talked with a spinner who explained what she was doing and said she loves the chance to relax and spin while her children did chores or read out loud. I learned about caning chairs. We were instructed on how to make birch wood homes and how easy they were to pack up and move. My favorite though was a little boy who told Megan, “We just slept here all night, we are not really Indians”.
Many years ago, the girls started inviting relatives over for a tea party when we were in Colorado. They wanted a chance to have fun while getting to know everyone better. We were to dress up and wear hats.
When they were younger, they often found “dress up” clothes and shoes in the closets, but now Andrea and Audrey have outgrown most of them. However, the hats are becoming a lot more fun.
The boys enjoy themselves also. They go out with the uncles and explore or listen to stories the uncles share while sampling the treats the girls made.