Two Uses for a Tarp

There are lots of leaves still on the ground. We plan on working on then for the next few days, hoping to get them finished before it rains.

Yesterday, Mark and Andrea came up with a fun way to transport leaves. They tied a tarp to their bicycles and pulled it to the woods. There they untied the tarp and dumped the leaves. Mark enjoyed being able to ride in the woods with his bike. (They learned quickly to plan their ride and peddle at the same speed!)

When they were finished with the leaves, they made a kite with the tent. It was fun to fly!

I asked Mark what they were planning to do with their kite.  He said, “we were wanting to tie it Megan’s stroller. Well, to make it pull Megan’s stroller.”

I asked, “What does Momma think of that idea?”  Mark said, “No, probably not! But we would have had someone running alongside it, to catch it if it started to fall.”

Momma still said “No!” But I loved their ideas 🙂

Missionary conference through 4 year old eyes

This week is the missionary conference at church. We had a commissioning service that was the best I have ever seen. After service, Mark got Adrian. When I first saw him, he was running toward me in a bright red and yellow hat.  Strangely, none of the other kids had one. When I asked Adrian about it, he said ” My teacher said, ‘We worship’ and I said ‘when we say Wow!’ and she gave me it.” According to Adrian, that is their “verse” for the week.

I asked him about his class and what he did today. Here is what the four year olds learned in class today.

“The bear Bible story. They were going fishing and their boat got out of gas and then when they got on land, there was a bear! The black and white colorful movie there is a race car. There are two friends. Church preschool is the best! The end.”

I do know the “bear Bible story” is a story some missionaries in Russia told. Mark learned that their boat can go in 3 inches of water.  But no one told me what happened after they saw the bear and their boat was out of gas. The movie is a video that all the kids are watching around a racing theme this year.

Vacation-Thoroughbred Park and Cemetery

On our last day of vacation, we were not sure when Allan’s class would be over. Knowing how much Audrey loves horses, we tried to schedule a tour on a horse farm, but that fell through. We  discovered a cute little park with some horse statues that the kids really enjoyed.

We were told about the Lexington Cemetery which was near by that we went to and enjoyed. We found an old Burr Oak that had a plaque saying that it was around during the signing of the Constitution!

Allan got off at noon so we started heading back home.  We stopped for lunch in Cincinatti and milk shakes nearer home. Our trip back was good and we were all glad to be home.

Vacation-Boonesborough Fort

I knew that I wanted to take the kids to Fort Boonesborough.  Mark really enjoys history and we thought being able to interact with interpreters and learn more about early American history would be great!Allan printed out directions to the fort for us, and Mark practiced being the navigator. He did an excellent job all week! The drive down was easy and we got there just as the fort opened. We watched a short introductory video that was mostly about Daniel Boone and then went exploring.

We were disappointed that there were only three or four interpreters, but they were kind and offered lots of information. One complimented the children for their good questions and how they listened quietly to the answers. She said she enjoys when homeschoolers come to visit.

Mark was very curious and asked many questions. His “winning question” though was about a stick he found in the weaver’s cabin.  We learned that it was an atlatl dart. People used it for hunting. We all learned how it worked and how to throw it. The arrow was too long for all of us, but Mark was able to throw it the furthest. We were told that boys Mark’s age would leave home for a week or two at a time and hunt with these darts to help feed the family while Dad was off on larger hunts.

We enjoyed walking around and then tasting maple candy and dried buffalo jerky from the store. We drove to the original site of the Fort and were surprised on how little it looked.

We decided to look for a Civil War field that was nearby. Even using the maps and the brown information signs on the road, we were not able to find it. After much searching, we gave up and headed home.

Somehow we got lost going around the circle near the hotel. We never did find our turn off. I finally stopped at a gas station and asked for directions. The gentlemen who showed me was very helpful. He took me the “short cut” so I “wouldn’t get lost”. The circle was full of “spokes” through the city, and the spoke we were on was the one we needed to go straight to where Allan was having class! We drove that road every day we were in Lexington.

We enjoyed walking to an Indian restaurant for dinner. We tried some new foods that everyone liked and had a little leftover for lunch another day.