Snow Day

Yesterday was our first snow day of the season.  The kids made a sledding hill and snowmen.  Andrea walked across the street with me and then got attacked with snowballs by the neighbors.  Mark enjoyed helping with snowmen that kept “running away”.  It was a great start to winter!

Fairy Door

FairyDoorAfter church on Sunday, it was beautiful out.  We decided to go the park for a picnic.  We grilled sausages, ate s’mores and just enjoyed the wonderful weather.

We wanted to walk, so we explored the woods by the river.  Audrey discovered a little door in one of the trees.  It was fun to imagine all the possibilities on how it got there.

Soccer Weekend

GirlsAndrea has enjoyed playing soccer this fall.   She plays outside defense (right fullback).  Her job is to keep the ball away from the goalie.

It has been fun watching her improve this year.  Andrea does not mind falling too much and is willing to run into situations where others may hold back. She has been practicing running faster and is able to overtake opponents more often. She also likes to come up to mid line from an angle and kick the ball down field.  AndreaHer kicking is getting stronger and she can send the ball flying much better than she did at the beginning of the season.

This weekend, Andrea had her fall soccer tournament. It was a long weekend for Andrea, but she enjoyed herself. Her team did a wonderful job!  They were undefeated for all their games (8-1, 2-1, 2-0 and 2-1) and came home with first place trophies in their division!

 

Through a Five Year Old’s Eyes

Megan asked if she could start learning to use the camera. She is still awkward holding it, and most of her pictures are out of focus, but I told the kids that she has to learn to hold the camera and push buttons all by herself.  I think the next time we go out, I will put the camera on a tripod to help her keep steady.  I love seeing what she comes up with!

Bragging on Audrey

TeachingEO A few months ago, Audrey was asked if she would be willing to teach adults about Monarchs.  She thought that sounded fun, so today, she presented what she has learned to thirteen adults who are studying to be Indiana Master Naturalists.class

The thumb drive we brought of pictures did not want to work on the computers there.  So while she started her presentation, someone worked hard to get her slideshow working.  She was able to use her pictures at the end as a review and also to discuss some things she had not talked about.

After her presentation and questions, I was approached by a few students who told me what a great job Audrey did.  Not only did she have to “wing it”, she knew what she was talking about and was composed in front a bunch of strangers.  Then she was asked if she would be willing to share what she knows next May and August to two different groups!

My favorite part of the evening was when Audrey was asked if she had done any research on why monarch chrysalises have gold spots.  Audrey answered without hesitation, “God put them there to show His glory in their beauty.”  Excellent answer!