While L had the flu we stayed home and did a lot of reading.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
A little fresh air to ward off the flu germs. We went for a walk in the arboretum. Rolled down the huge hill a few times. Saw a frog. Tried to keep warm while we read some library books. Saw a merlin hunting. So nice to see the sun. It was quite sheltered by the pond and felt so nice to see some of the world besides our house.
Otherwise this week is slow on the pics since we have not been out much. I have been struggling to keep up with my self challenge of Project365 .. taking one photograph each day for a year and posting on flickr. I only have 17 days to go! They are turning out to be tough ones but I am going to make it.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Poor thing. He has no tail and no eyes. Well, we think he may be able to see a little out of one eye but we still managed to get right next to him. I had to ask L not to touch him anymore since she reached right out and touched him. It made the kids sad but it also made them realize what a survivor he is. We have been extra careful about making sure our feeder is full and we have seen him a few times each day. Maybe (?) we can get him through the winter. We certainly feel an affinity for him now.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
My little vampire and "superhero tomato" making the rounds on Halloween. We went to G&G and Grampa Bud's .. then around to a few houses in our neighborhood. Earlier we carved our pumpkin .. as a dinosaur! The highlight for the kids was handing out our treats to the kids who came to our door. (Note to self for next year .. the superballs were a big hit.) We were interested to see SO many kids and families out .. I guess it helps that it was a Saturday night. It also highlighted one of the things that we love about living in NL. J said we had families speaking Spanish, Chinese, Russian and an Indian language (not that I know how to tell which one). Makes me happy to live in this little city.
We had our first hs class at bushy hill. The kids had a blast. e had to wrap his head around the "no picking up and carrying sticks" rule but once we had that straight .. we were good. e walked the whole time! We explored the cedar swamp and the teepee, wigwam and earth mound. There were lots of games and exuberance. It was a very different approach to being outside than we practice as a famly. We are usually quiet and calm and stay on the trail. So I am happy to expose the kids to another way of being in the woods .. even if it is not one I am as comfortable with.
I am so inspired by this one! I am gathering many little things that I have been holding onto all these years and getting ready to be creative. Now they have a purpose .. so thank goodness I am a packrat?! I am builing an indoor fairy house. And I am sure the kids will want to get in on the fun too.
L had her science class (made crystals and shrinky dinks!?) and then we ran errands and got to the sawain service real early. What luck, N got us out a big box of hats and turned on the projector. :) Really nice service .. we brought pics of our loved ones who have died and put them on the altar. N did a really moving story box .. and then we all ate yummy soup. It was pouring rain and windy. A downed tree knocked out power so j's train was way delayed. He did not get home until long after the kids were in bed.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We enjoyed the corn maze again this year. I was so glad that the music was quiet and that it was nice and warm. We were looking for pirates this time. We found a lot more than last year .. but still less than half before we ran out of steam. Also we ran into lots of friends and ended up getting distracted. :) Fine with me since I was feeling like we had been walking in circles. We went on the hayride, got to meet some of the milking cows and met "justin echo" again. The kids were not disappointed in their hope for things to be just as they were the last 2 years we have gone. The farmer told the same jokes. There is something to be said for an annual tradition.
We found some great books at goodwill. This one is an encyclopedia of how things work with amazing illustrations. The kids were very patient while J was at work and I ran the membership class all day. The kids have this interesting habbit of "painting" books. We have paintbrushes scattered (and frequently lost) all over the house so the kids can paint. I believe we have some artists in progress. Who knows what art concepts they are learning by focusing so intently on the illustrations and how they are put together in nearly every book (thousands!) we bring into our house. I could not have come up with this strategy!
Happy Bday to J! We went on our annual foliage ride and decided to take a different hike this year. We have a new guide to hiking trails and have the goal of (eventually) hiking all of the blue trails in CT. We loved the "flat rock," Devil's Den and the beautiful foliage around the pond. We were disappointed in the amount of trash that is being dumped off the trail and even encountered a truck driving in (over huge rocks) on our way out. ??!! It is such a beautiful place and in the middle of nowhere. It was really difficult to attempt to answer the kids questions of why someone would want to dump trash here when I cannot understand it myself. Despite that, we wound up at the Vanilla Bean cafe and had a delicious dinner.
I could go on and on about the fairy houses .. they were so much fun! There is something so magical about the whole thing. It was a beautiful and setting. The fairy houses were so intricate and clever .. we had so much fun searching for little details. No wonder it took some of the artists all summer to design and construct some of these. We spent half the class time wandering around and exploring the fairy houses and then the kids made fairy wands for even a little more magic. :)