Archive | October 2013

Smile, Laugh, Learn and Live!

October 17-18

We ended our school day one day early on the  Thursday as Gabbi and Zachary had a day off and were planning to spend it here on the Friday. Having a solid pattern to our mornings of spelling, reading, writing and math has made it easier and easier to get through our schooling. Especially the first half of the day.

Gavin's moose and  tree

Gavin’s moose and tree

We had some packages show up this week from Gammie and a few were OPEN NOW! So of course… we HAD TO follow the instructions!101_4809

Our remaining scruffy duo went out with Baba for haircuts.101_4812

With all the kids here and the weather cooling on Friday it was time to start dismantling the straw bale garden. Potatoes had to be removed and the bales moved into the hole (from last year’s tree removal) for compost.101_4822

101_4816The colours of fall in Minnesota are gorgeous… I doubt anyone would debate that one with me. And we have some amazing trees in the backyard that are supposedly always late to change. I cannot wait to share some pictures of that!101_4830

The yield from the final harvest of the straw bale garden was rather amazing. TONS of potatoes and a pile of green tomatoes that Nana then used (with strawberry jello) to make a rather amazingly yummy red jelly! Who would have thought it??? There was some red tomatoes to boot!101_4815

101_4838101_4836101_4840We also cut our last melons in half… the larger of the two watermelons turned out VERY tasty just way too tiny.101_4842

101_4845We ended our evening with the kids making homemade ice cream! What a difference salt on ice makes to temperature and then rattling that around on our ice cream mixture! NOMS!101_4848

101_4850101_4851These are the moments that remind me how much FUN family can be… how it doesn’t matter what is going on if inside the house we can remember to learn and love and live in a positive manner! Enjoy the rest of our fall images!