A Sign of Spring

The sun is out, children are playing outside, the front door is open, new flowers are coming up…Spring is coming!

I love taking the kids out to look for the new “baby flowers”. The older ones know where to look for the crocus and daffodils, but they are still mysteries to Adrian. He ran around excitedly looking for new ones today.  We discovered the primroses are trying to peek out too.

A Drop at a Time

Assume that it takes  542 drops to fill a quarter cup. (We are pretty close, I asked Mark to do me a favor 🙂 )

542 x 4 =  2,168 drops or one cup

2,168 x 16 = 34,688 drops, or 16 cups or one gallon

Assume it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of Maple syrup

34,688 x 40 = 1,387,520 drops of sap which equals 40 gallons of sap which makes approximately one gallon of Maple Syrup.

Now, if a “good run is one drop a second” how long will it take for enough sap to make a gallon of syrup?

Using the above numbers, you get one gallon every 9.6 hours.

40 gallons x 9.6 hours =2840 hours

2840 hours / 24 hours in a day =11.8 days

So, it takes about 11.8 days of perfect weather to get approximately enough sap to make one gallon of Maple Syrup.

The next time you enjoy some Pure Maple Syrup, remember that!

Valentine Day Flowers

My family knows that I like flowers. I have received flowers for Valentines a few times, but I think this is the best bouquet of flowers that I was ever surprised with.

The kids have been working in secret since Friday. They even used a flowery smelling lotion inside them, so they smell like roses!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Going Outside

Ever since Megan was born I have taken her outside. She loves being out, even in the cold!

If we take a walk, she is bundled facing me.  She almost always falls asleep on our walk. Today though, she wanted to watch the kids go sledding, so she was facing out for the first time. As you can tell from this picture Allan took, she really liked it!