smoothie time

I (we) got a new blender recently and the kids have been loving making smoothies. The big boys each make their own recipe and then share it with the little ones. It is so exciting for them.

first snow

Oh, how quickly the weather changes. Yesterday we had SNOW! A good amount too. Harkin was  out and about having a great time! We might even get some more tonight!

big horse

Landon has been riding again this fall and has a new teacher and has improved so much that he has moved onto a much bigger horse. His name is Maverick and he is quite huge. Makes Mama a little nervous but Landon is so at home and happy on the horse and in the barn. The weather has been so nice this fall that he has been able to be in the outside ring many days which makes it easier for us to watch him. No chance of the littles spooking the horse while inside.

apple picking

We tried a new to us farm this year. We only picked a 1/2 bushel this time, which was good for snacking and making a few pies. We hope to go again so we can make applesauce. ( I got a new gadget for helping the process). Everyone had fun and worked together to get the good apples.

a little tea anyone?

We are all in the midst of our first autumn colds. It was a good afternoon to stay home and inside. The temps were a bit cold today. Harkin and Issabelle thought it was a perfect time for a tea party. Anyone care to join them?

It was such fun listening to them get it all ready. I was sad that I had to interrupt them to go to a soccer game, but that is our life at the moment. Only a few more games left however.
They left everything out for tomorrow morning when they will begin again.


It is hard to believe the month has come to an end. I kept feeling like we were just getting started. We had a good one though. Soccer has taken over our afternoon/evenings- every day. It can be tough on some days but we have tried to stay at home during the day so that it isn't overly crazy.

Landon also started riding again. He loves it so much. He has moved up to a much bigger horse which is happy about but also is taking a bit of adjusting to.

We have started some new studies, right now the boys are loving practicing math and William is covering civics. I am facilitating a math club for Landon and many of his friends. William is volunteering at the library, while we are there. William is still averaging a book a day. I really can't keep enough books in the house.

Landon also started a Lego League team. He is very excited about it. They will go to a competition in December.  He builds at home every day some pretty awesome structures.

We are listening to Anne of Green Gables in the car and even Harkin is following along. He says he really loves the story.

Issabelle and Harkin are growing and learning every day. We play, read, do yoga, ride bikes, and create together most days.

There were a few good baking days, as we participated in a bake sale to raise money for a homeless shelter.

We went to a pumpkin chunkin' festival and the boys got their trebuchet out and made a few adjustments on their own so it shoots much better than before.

There were about four days straight of making paper airplanes, modifying them to fly better and seeing how far they would go.

Our days may not be typical of most, but that is what I love. In their experimenting and play they are learning and accomplishing so many things.
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