We love to run to Patricia Allyn Park whenever we feel like getting out to a playground. Owen has started bringing his little scooter and is getting much better at it.
Owen went to Grandma and Poppy's house to watch/help tree trimmers cut down three ash trees. Owen had no problem explaining to the guys where/how to cut the trees to get them to fall in precisely the right spots. He was super excited when they showed him some action figures that were stuck in one of the trees from around 30 years ago. (Mr. T era) He got to keep them :)
We have been begun our yearly cleanup in the woods. The kids love finding Pill Bugs, worms, slugs, centipedes, spider egg sacs, etc under dead and decomposing logs. They call each other over when they find them, carefully observe and sometimes take them to a new home. Owen is getting better at creating habitats for them so they survive!
The kids got a Gator Ride On toy with Christmas and birthday money we had saved up. It has been a favorite this winter/spring. The biggest reason Owen wanted it was so he could contribute around the yard and have something of his own to do real work with. He goes out in the morning and patrols the yard for trash, splashes through puddles, picks up sticks, takes Eva and Ian for rides and gets the mail each day.
Monty and Mayo are getting older these days. Mayo is having trouble hearing and Monty has more trouble getting up steps and moving. They are just about 14 years old now! Ian really loves petting and sitting with them. It is a sweet sight!
The kids and I did a little clay work, but it proved to be a little difficult for the little hands. We are going to try some softer clay- like the oven bake kind for our next project. Owen tried a pinch pot while watching a video about how to do it. It takes a lot of finger strength to do the pinching, so I ended up finishing it for him.
We hike through our woods almost daily and it is fun to see the new things the kids notice each day. Ian especially likes soft patches of moss and thinks they make good pillows. We have a giant Beech tree with old carvings in it that we think is pretty cool to look at. One day we noticed a bunch of woodpecker holes in a Maple tree with sap seeping out and that led to some discussion about how Maple syrup is made. We did some Google research about tapping a tree and decided to try and see how it went. We ended up getting about 16 oz. of sap, but never ended up boiling it down... I read it is about a 32 to 1 ratio, so we would have ended up with roughly a half an ounce of syrup. We are going to make some modifications next spring and hope for better results! Such a fun learning experience!
Eva loves to swing!
The kids love getting the bouncy house out on nice days.
Ian really gets a kick out of seeing himself on my camera. He loves to make silly faces and laugh hysterically when we take selfies!