Alexis' clay "stony path." The 'stony path' was the subject of her WriteShop paper.
Lydia enjoyed her stroller ride as we walked
(Daddy was letting Josiah ride in the wheelbarrow as we walked but when we stopped he turned it around and laid back. He says he loved sleeping in a wheelbarrow when he was younger!)
Hannah in a Wheelbarrow
Josiah wanted to get out, so Hannah got a ride!
(our many-animal farm is on the right)
This is our cleared and seeded many-animal farm from the road. Isn't it so beautiful??!!
Lydia sat up for the first time, by herself, today!!!
Daddy and Caleb Planting Pansies in One of the Front Mulch Beds in the Design of a Cross.
(Isn't daddy such a great designer???)
(If there are any lavender-drying professionals out there who have any great tips, please share! For now the electric dehydrator is it!)
I know you are all wondering what that stuff in the bucket is! That "stuff" is....GRUBS!!!! Yuck! As we were mulching the back mulch bed (one of them) we kept finding all these grubs. We picked most of them out, so they wouldn't be wasted, and fed them to the chickens who love this delectable treat! (Don't get me wrong they are delectable to chickens!) Caleb, Seth, Eden and Josiah had the jobs of picking the grubs out as we shouted "grub!" while we spread the mulch. Eden and Josiah enjoyed it as far as I know. Seth, not very much, because he was holding a few grubs in one of his hands and he dropped them all of a sudden and tears came to his eyes and close to the over-flowing part! We think the fat, white grubs pinched him.
At the verge of dinner-time, daddy started a fire to try and desenegrate our medium-large pile of miscellaneous trash and old cans. Well, the cans are metal so they never eventually melted, so we still have a pile of cans in our fire-pit. :-( If you're wondering why we have a fire-pit.....when we attended Hanover Friends we would have a bonfire and cook-out every Fall. We would provide the main meal - hot dogs, hamburgers and smores - and everyone else would bring a side dish. We have lots of trails so we would creep along the trails with flashlights and hope no one would scare us (sometimes people did and that was freaky!) A few times we bought glow sticks and all the children would throw them up in the air and try to catch them, play football (the boys did) etc. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and fun! I miss having not having a Fall Fellowship at our house every year. Those memories of piping-hot apple cider, warm, gooey smores, breath-taking ATV rides and good times with friends will never be forgotten!!!
I've been teaching Eden and Josiah the song "Awesome God" during our music time together - signs and everything. Since tomorrow night is "homeschool night" (when we share what we've been doing the past few months) I had them perform for me today. Here are some of the pictures of Eden performing - Josiah got a little distracted at times!
I forgot some of the signs and so I made up the "heaven" sign. You know, Heaven is way up there so they have to reach as high as they can. Close enough to what I remember learning!
Eden and Josiah.