Dressed for the Weather

Mark's eyesWe have had some extra cold weather this winter.  According to the weather report right now, we have 3 degrees F, but with the wind chill and all it feels like -20 degrees.

However, even with it being so cold, we still go outside to play. My only rules are that the kids come in when I say–unless they get cold first–, keep their faces covered, and when they come in, get something hot to drink!Megan's eyes

Megan is expert at sledding downhill with a barely noticeable slit to see through. Since someone has to help her back up the trail, she is perfectly happy to sled “blind”. The rest of us prefer to see!



FrostFor school  we are writing Cinquains. There are different types, but I chose to do the simple Cinquain.

We learned they are five lines long with two syllables in the first line. Then they have four, six, eight and then two syllables again in the last line. They don’t have to rhyme, which makes it easier to do.


Jack Frost
Working all night
Painting exquisite pictures
For excited discovery

Activities Photo Gallery

The activity category for the park’s photo contest can be any picture taken in one of the county parks. I took a lot of pictures this year as I experimented and learned how to use my camera better, but none that really stand out. I had fun with these pictures, and it will be fun to share them with others.

Of course, I have an extra picture included. I think I know which one I will pull, but which do you think should be taken out?

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In case you are interested; I pulled the tire swing picture.


The humor category for the photo contest I am entering was the most difficult, but the most fun. The rules were “to depict some sort of humorous nature or park theme.” Here are my four favorite photos. I know which one that I will not include, but if you had to leave one out, which would it be?

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Update:  I left out the Nature photographer picture.

That Time of Year

The Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest is coming up soon. The kids and I have been trying hard to get our pictures finished so we can submit them. The categories this year Nature of the Photo, Activities in the Parks, and Humor. I have a few from each category, but can only submit three from each.

The Nature of the Photo category is my weakest this year.  I have to narrow these pictures down by two.  I think I know what I will submit, but wonder about other’s ideas.    What are your favorite two or three pictures and why?

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Updated:  I submitted the Summer Work, Daisies and Winter Trees pictures

Sledding Hill

When the kids were much younger, Allan built our first backyard sledding hill by placing 2×8’s down the patio steps and forming a ramp. Since then, the children try to build one whenever there is enough snow.

We have had wonderful weather for the sledding hill this year.  We piled snow under the porch and the kids continue to add snow as needed.  They have learned how to shape the slope so that the ride is fun.  They learned very quickly that bumping on the bottom can hurt!

They have a contest going, to see who can travel the furthest down the yard.  Megan is the winner, happily screaming her way past the Maple tree.  Audrey is a very close second.

Even though the hill is not very large, it is fun.  All of the kids play on it, or help maintain it, during “recess” until they get cold or have to come in again.

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Frozen bubble

One of our yearly “to do’s” when the weather is around freezing is to try to blow bubbles outside. This morning, we succeeded on our mission!

Bubble Shadow
Bubble Shadow

When we tried earlier this week, it was too cold and the bubbles never frosted very well. But it is neat to watch how the weather affects how bubbles behave.

It becomes more  fun when we imagine what people think as they drive by and watch a bunch of children outside blowing bubbles first thing in the morning in 0 degree or lower weather.  We decided they all drive by and think “they  must be home schoolers!”

Burst Bubble
Broken Bubble




AudreyAudrey really likes the tulle skirt that Andrea made for Megan’s Christmas gift.

She tried it on, and when she discovered it fit,  I asked if she could run outside with it on.  Of course, her first thought was I was crazy; it was very cold outside, then she decided it sounded like neat fun.

A few of the pictures turned out nicely, but this is my favorite.  It captures my beautiful, bright, silly, fun loving girl’s personality!