Friday, October 24, 2014

Apple Picking 2014!

Today was a beautiful day for our
yearly family apple picking trip!
We've been going apple picking ever since I was a little girl.
Check out last year's trip here!  )
Now that our family has grown to
3 households and 12 people in 2 cities,
it takes a little more planning
to make it all happen!
Luckily, both weather and children
cooperated to make it a perfect day!

The kids were VERY excited....
all smiles before we left!
Elizabeth was very excited about wearing her brothers' old boots...
She kept saying "My boots, my boots!!"

Soooooooo ready to pick apples!

"Let's go, guys!!!"

A lot of orchards are already picked clean,
so we tried out a new orchard this year...
Justus Orchard.
The apple trees were a little smaller,
but it was a very quaint little orchard!

We were able to get some Mutsu,
Arkansas Black, and Pink Lady apples,
(not to mention the fresh donuts,
cider, and our own little picnic!)
Justus Orchard
Here goes the photo overload!
So many great memories!
Starting the day with yummy, yummy donuts!
Lizzy loved the donuts, too!

Ready to climb trees!
I told Christopher he was big enough
to climb the trees this year....
He was SO excited!!!
Up, up in an apple tree!
Elizabeth was a hoot!
She kept tripping over the fallen apples,
and dropping the clean apples we gave her.
She definitely enjoyed walking around and exploring.
Not to mention her favorite alphabet song starts with,
"Apple, apple, a a a... Apple, apple, a a a"
so she had no trouble telling us about the apples!
Check out the binoculars!!! 

Enjoying some apples!
24 Weeks pregnant with baby #4! 
Pick apples, eat apple, repeat!
Everybody's having fun!

Snack time!
Me and my bro and sis!

Lookin' good together!

Is he really 6 years old?

Sweet cousins hugging!
Daddy and Steven, the pro apple pickers!
"helping" pull the wagon... all by herself, of course
We'll be a family of 6 next year!
Cousins holding hands...on their way to our picnic!
The weather really was perfect -
cool, but warmed by the sun!
And look at that sky!
Fun in the sun!
I just  L O V E  these 3 little smiles!
My back was acting up a bit, so I sat down
while the boys ran ahead to see a horse.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
I was fighting a migraine and sciatica today,
but it couldn't have been more worth it!
We are learning a hymn at Co-op that seems
quite appropriate for a beautiful day like today.
This is My Father's World
(verse 1)
This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought,
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hands the wonders wrought.
I am thankful for my family and beautiful moments such as these!
<>< Stacy

Monday, October 13, 2014

October fun!

I can't believe it's October!
We have had a busy two weeks!
Here are a few glimpses of what we have been up to...

Weekly Co-op
Our co-op is a breath of fresh air each Wednesday!
I enjoy teaching the kids a little music theory.
First, some basics...
Involving food is always a good thing!

Learning = FUN!
Super proud of their treble clefs! 
Especially the younger kids!
Our newest teapot - Noah's Ark!

Poetry time!
Cooler weather = more time outside!
I actually found jeans to fit him!
Looking SO grown up!

Dinner on the porch

Picking Pumpkins
We went up the road to a church pumpkin sale
and let the boys pick pumpkins to carve.
Such a climber!

Love her smile :)

Michael picked a white pumpkin!

She is such a spunky little girl!!!!!!

When did my baby girl get this big?!?
Homeschool Display
There is always more work
to be done around the house,
but I am so excited we got
my homeschool display put up!
We had a smaller set when we schooled in the kitchen,
but now we have a bigger space to work with!
Lots to see right now!

I love to see their work hanging up
Currently we have displayed:
Creation study drawings
Modern vs. Baroque Orchestra
Picture studies and corresponding art productions
All About Spelling progress chart
A Reason for Handwriting Scriptures
Homeschool quote and flag
I just love how anyone can come in
and see what we have been up to!

Art studies and corresponding art productions
And finally, our most recent critter finds
Limax Maximus (Leopard Slug)

Saddleback Caterpillar
Unfortunately, I haven't been taking a lot of pictures lately
because our little camera is not working properly.
I love taking pictures,
but the messed up screen frustrates me,
and half the pictures are blurry!
I'll try to capture some more fun soon  :)
<>< Stacy