I wish that somehow I could wrap up all these pictures into one tidy “Week that Was” post, or connect them by some profound or humorous thread. But really it’s just a hodgepodge of all the little things that make our weeks go by so swiftly (with a milestone thrown in for good measure).
This past week I woke up early one morning and shuffled to the coffee maker. As I was grinding the beans and filling the pot, I glanced out the kitchen window at my neighbor’s field. It was beautiful in the morning light. Like a scene out of a book. I half expected to see Darcy walking out to meet Elizabeth in the middle of the sun-drenched, misty field.
I found these fun rainbow candy strips in the dollar section at Target a last month. I snipped them in half and we made rainbows with marshmallow clouds. The children’s delight was only surpassed by my own excitement We jumped in the van and made cupcake deliveries to friends and cousins.
Miss P is getting very close to being two. She is a busy girl, who likes to explore all-the-live-long day! It can make our homeschooling day… interesting. This is one of the ways I’ve been able to keep her occupied lately. A small tub of lukewarm water, kitchen utensils, with plastic toys and the baby girl is suddenly very content.
We decided to go on a day trip with the kiddos this past Saturday. It’s so easy to get stuck in a weekend rut of “we need to do this, this, and that”, and we forget to have fun. We considered several day trip destinations but ended up taking the kids to Sutter’s Fort. What a great place to explore with the kiddos! Our oldest son J has been studying the Western Frontier at school so he was particularly excited to visit the fort.
The docents who volunteer at Sutter Fort were great! They involved the children in whatever activity they were doing, and told stories about life in the Fort as they worked. Miss E got to use the rug loom and learned about being a Weber.
As one of J’s school assignments he had just finished reading “Patty Reed’s Doll”. It’s based on the true story of Patty Reed who traveled by wagon with her family and the Donner party. It was a fascinating read for Jude (it left out all of the gruesome details we associate with the Donner Party), and it centered around the little girl, Patty Reed and the dolly she had tucked into her dress, after her family was forced to leave most of their possessions on the trail. The Reed family was eventually rescued and brought back to Sutter’s Fort. Upon her death Patty Reed willed her little doll to the Sutter’s Fort museum.
There were quite a few activities set up around the Fort for the children to try. They had candle dipping, corn husk baby dolls, bread baking, and even a cannon demonstration (which sadly we missed by only a few minutes).
It is such a great place to take young children! If you haven’t taken a tour you really should.
And right now this yellow bike is her whole world.
She rides it first thing in the morning, as soon as she gets home from school, even in the dark. As soon as she sees her daddy’s car pull into our lane each evening, she runs out to meet him, jumping up and down, saying, “Daddy will you take me on a bike ride down the canal?!”. He always smiles at her, sets is work things down, changes his shoes, and before I know it I see them flying past the back of the property on their bikes. He is always close behind her, she is pedaling like mad with a wide grin on her face.
Yes, 6 looks good on you little girl