A few weeks ago on an exceptionally lovely fall day we took the stunning beach trail, Marginal Way near where we live. It was absolutely gorgeous! The walk was fairly easy and all along the rocky beach. At the end of the walk we stopped at a local seafood place and had some chowder and hot dogs (the tastes of chilren! ;) ) and then headed back. Fun and beautiful. We'll definitely walk it again.
This past weekend we went on a family hike in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It was our first real "hike" as a family with all the children. We've done easier hikes, where children can walk the whole way, but this one was a little more intense. Hannah rode the whole hike and Jadon rode part of the time and walked part of the time. It was Will's first long hike where he walked the WHOLE way, carrying a pack with his gear and some of the gear for the family (it was about a 5 mile loop). The highlights of the hike were a gorgeous waterfall and a stunning cliff outlook. The weather was perfect and it was a great family day.
Way down there in that small opening is a building and a few cars you can see...that's where we parked. This is the pinnacle of the hike. :)
Pictures can't even come close to the beauty of this view.
The way home.
This boy was so worn out. He was such a trooper on the whole hike, and didn't complain.
Jadon did much less walking than Will, as can be seen by his energetic expression. Lol. ;)
So I'm not super crafty, but I like to collect Pinterest ideas like any other mom, especially when it comes to homeschooling. The queue of ideas is quite long, but recently I found one that I had to use right away and it was a success! So, I thought I'd share.
Will loves Lego's and this uses Lego's to help with spelling and writing. The child uses the Lego's to help show the positioning of the letters on the lines before writing the word themselves. Will really liked it.
First Will chose a word from random to "build" and write.
Then he started "building" the words with the Lego's.
He successfully "built" the word.
Writing a word after building.
I love this activity for practicing spelling and writing. I just printed the papers and laminated them with construction paper as the backing to make them firm (and colorful). Here's the link:Lego Handwriting Mats.
This past Saturday was an incredibly beautiful, clear day. Jadon had a soccer game and following the game we were able to take a little walk along an inlet area during high tide, enjoying the absolutely gorgeous area in which we live.
Jadon in his team shirt.
The kickoff. ;)
I moved our location while we were watching and Hannah insisted on carrying her own chair. She's like an ant. ;)
The beginning of our walk, under an overpass.
Jadon and Hanny checking out the ducks.
These children could throw rocks in the water for hours on end.
Now Daddy joins in the rock throwing fun. :)
Will venturing down some stone steps on the side of the path that lead down to the water.
Daddy and the boys (in the shadow).
Will is pretty much too big for Daddy to do this anymore (notice the lack of height). :)
Hanny, however, still has a few years before she reaches the "too heavy" status. ;)
Jadon enjoying his snack at the break time.
Hanny enjoying putting grass in the empty snack container.
Here we go back to the van. Lovely walk on a lovely day.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, whenI have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. I COR 9: 24-27