Friday, October 29, 2010


Make sure you read the previous post. That was when we watched two children.

While L & L were in Greece, we watched the children for five days. This is when we watched all four children.

Grace read the cards - she does an excellent job, much better than you would expect from a first grader.

On Sunday, they opened the gift of "Foamfetti." Please don't EVER buy that for your children. What a mess it makes! I hope L & L threw it out. Thankfully, it was free!

A little young man playing innocent.

We had gorgeous weather. The kids walked down to the end of the street to climb on a HUGE rock. They covered Jaden in leaves. He didn't seem to mind.

What a joy it was to watch the children. We are very tired, but it is a good tired.


When L & L went to Florida a few years ago, we watched the kids. We thought this was worth seeing again. Can you believe Grace and Caleb were ever that small. What fun times we had with them!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Today (even though it is Saturday), we went on a field trip to Ringwood, Illinois. It is about an hour away from home. There would be a re-enactment of the years 1670-1850. We walked over a mile up and down hills to get to the main site. Along the way, there were signs telling about different things that happened during that time. We read most of them, but got tired of reading them after awhile. It was called:

When we got to the main site, there were over 100 tents to see. Some of the tents were selling things from that era, some were demonstrating working then, and some were actually living there for the weekend.

The British are coming! The British are coming!

Farmers of the time.

We watched a fashion show (the lady flapped forEVER). Elyse liked that part. We had homemade root beer in a blue bottle. We had a buffalo burger (which probably was just hamburger, but called buffalo burger - it was amazing though).

The kids got to play games of that time. This was a tug-of-war. The object was to balance on the log while pulling on the rope. You either pulled the rope out of the other person's hand, or pulled them off the log. Elyse didn't last but a few seconds. She said it was hard to balance.

Now the kids had a job to do. They were to PULL on the saw to cut the log. After cutting the log, they got to take their one inch piece home with them. The man was nice enough to cut the piece in half so there wouldn't be fights.

A wagon train!

Real buffalo skins, yuck says Elyse. Notice she isn't standing too close. Elyse considered standing closer would be the same as eating pig at a pig roast.

When we got back to the car to eat our lunch (which was parked over a mile away up and down hills), our sandwiches were too hot to eat. I was afraid of getting sick. On the way home, we hit Culver's and got an ice cream. Dinner will sure taste good tonight. We will be starving by then.

It was a gorgeous day for this event. Around 60 degrees and sunny. I even got my nose sunburned. We are exhausted, time for a nap!

Friday, October 08, 2010


Elyse was VERY busy in the basement. We never know exactly what they are doing down there. Zachary was playing Game Cube (bet you couldn't have guessed that one). Elyse came up and showed us what she was making. She didn't want me to take a picture of it, but I thought she did an amazing job and wanted you to see it. Isn't it awesome!

She is completely made out of construction paper (destruction paper we used to call it, remember older children?). She even curled her hair.