A few months ago, we formed a kid crafting group with two other homeschooling families in order to expose our kids to different kinds of crafting in a way that is not overwhelming to any one parent. I love the things that my kids have done! Quite frequently, our bi-weekly craft days get my girls creative juices flowing for days. This week we all convened at my friend Kerry's house and made monster finger puppets.
The older kids did some of the hand-sewing themselves, which was great practice! The younger kids got helps from the moms. The monster pictured above is Blinky and Saragh lovingly chose all of his facial features, hair and decorations. She has now declared that he is her best friend.
This week, we went strawberry picking for the first time, ever! Our friends came along (this was also their first time) and we made a nice day of it. I think we ended up with about 30 pounds of strawberries which should make a nice batch of jam to get us through the winter. I'm thinking of going back for a bit more next week and then of course we will go back when the cherries are ripe for picking!
Note: Olivia picked out her red shirt the night before with the thought in mind that it would not show any stains from the strawberries. I have no idea why I think that is so neat, but I sure do!!!
Earlier in the week, we went to Greenfield Village with a couple of other families. This was our first trip there and it certainly won't be our last. There is so much to do there that I am considering this our orientation trip since we didn't even come close to seeing everything.
As we were gathering up to move to another part of the village, the farmers put the sheep out to pasture. It was so fun to see them all running to the field, you could tell how excited they were to get over there!
After lunch we stopped to watch this glass blower and man was it intriguing. We watched him blow two different vases. It was just amazing to see the process from start to nearly finish. The glass is over 1000 degrees when it is finished being blown, so it has to go in a special oven to cool it down very slowly.
Of course, we had to ride the carousel once! This carousel is over 95 years old and it is in great condition! The girls has a blast riding it and I don't think we'll ever be able to go back without riding it.
I took many more pictures and I plan to write a more detailed post about each of the stops we made. I can't wait to go back again and more thoroughly explore this wonderful place!
We joined a homeschooling group in the area recently, Boy's Club and we are really loving it! So many of our dear friends have kids the right ages for the girls, but not many have kids for the boys. Last summer I sent out a plea on a couple of Yahoo groups for friends for the boys and I ended up finding some really great people. One family in particular has 4 boys that are just the right age for Benny and Braidon. How cool is that! Not only do I love finding other families with 5 kids, but they are a built in playgroup for my boys, they tolerate the girls really well and Oliver and I get long really well with the parents. It's like a match made in heaven.
Yesterday, we went on a "tour" of a Survival Flight helicopter with the Boy's Club. One of the dads pilots the helicopter, so we got a great inside look. We learned a ton while we were there and had a great time doing it!
We went to the art museum at the University of Michigan recently with our little group of homeschooling friends. The kids were quite excited about being there and were expressing that emotion with gusto. I think that kids being excited about being in an art museum is wonderful, however, the security guards were not of the same opinion. Or rather; I am sure that they appreciated that the kids were into the experience. They just wanted them to express it with a little more decorum. So, the guards stayed rather close to us and observed the excitement, occasionally intervening when they thought it necessary.
The security issues aside, we had a great time and although I can't speeak for the other moms, our family will be heading back there soon and often.
We decided to take our out-of-town- guests to the local haymaze/pumpkin patch last Sunday to spend the afternoon. The place was crazy busy, but we had so much fun that the kids had to be dragged to the car!
Saragh found a new puppy friend. We've seen this dog being walked and the first time, we thought it was a calf! It is a huge dog, but quietly obliged all of Saragh's cuddling and hugging. I love this action shot of Olivia!
Of course, Saragh had to spend some quality time with the horses. When she saw all the little ponies and huge Percherons, she was literally shaking with excitement! I thought we were going to have to stand there loving that horse all afternoon.
A local science center offers monthly classes for homeschoolers and last week, we took advantage of the offer.
This month's class was about animal habitats, but we also learned about dead, falling and fallen logs, and ponds that smell. Our guide was wonderful and really got a long well with the kids. We are all ready to sign up for next month's class!