The last hike we went on was so awesome, that we had to go on another hike. It is so nice to be in nature. The hike itself was not as pretty and serene, nor as long as the last one we went on, but the destination was more spectacular!! It was only about 15-20 min. to the falls from the parking lot, and that’s with a 2 yr. old. We had lots of time to look around and we hiked up above the falls to see the river and it was beautiful all around. We also brought some snacks again this time and all 8 kids came. I loved it. I think all the kids did too!!
One of the things that I really enjoy is finishing a task that I have been wanting to do for a while. In the background there you can see a painting on the floor and in the foreground you can see a wooden frame with a staple gun in the middle (along with a rather messy room– projects and raising kids is messy). I built a frame and stapled my canvas painting to the frame and hung it up- I will post a pic of the finished product next time maybe. Very satisfying!
We also started the process of planting seedlings for when spring is actually here– we only got this far, but the seeds are out, we just have to pick which ones we want to plant. The little kids thought it was super fun to fill the cups with dirt. That made a pretty big mess, but it vacuumed up fine.
And outside in the forest, many of the trees are covered with lichen or mossy stuff. I think it is really pretty, you can see we still have quite a bit of snow, but it is melting in parts although as I write this it is snowing again, but it won’t last. Spring really is coming, but my what a winter– winter has been by far the longest season for us this year– it wasn’t so long last year. We will just really enjoy the outdoors that much more when spring finally gets here, actually we have enjoyed it already, just can’t wait for it to be warm all the time!!
We pulled off a whole bunch of activities this week, and I am proud of us!! It started last Sunday night with a scout meeting for my boys’ cub scout troop that we had to plan. Then Monday we went skiing. The toddler ran a fever on Tues. and didn’t feel well most of the week. Tuesday, I had scouts with my son and then we left to get the new glasses ordered for my daughter, then we dropped her off at Robotics, dropped my son off at home and my husband joined me to go back and finish ordering the glasses she picked out since we forgot her prescription earlier. We also finished the grocery shopping, ate out and then picked her up at Robotics.
Wednesday was the twins birthday and family party. Here’s one of the twins with his new backpack and sleeping bag, both twins wore them around like that all day looking forward to “camping out”.
Thursday, my son is playing church basketball and my daughters practice right after him, I am the coach– it is really a lot of fun for me to coach the girls. Then we all stayed at the church afterwards for youth night. Friday morning, I took my son in for an eye doctor appointment, it took 3 1/2 hours and over $800 for just his new pairs of glasses. His eyes are pretty bad, but he does great with the glasses and needs to see! Then we got a bunch of schoolwork done and worked on cleaning and my daughter went to robotics again.
Then Saturday, my son and my daughters and I had basketball starting at 9 am, then I dropped off the one daughter at Robotics and went home to get ready for the twins’ friend birthday party. My husband went to pick up the son from b-ball practice and to get some intertubes for sledding. Then we went to the sledding hill for the party– my husband left early for a church meeting and everyone else came back to our house for hot cocoa and cake. It turned out really, really great. I think everybody had fun and was comfortable. I was especially glad about this because one of the moms who brought her kids, I have had a difficult time with, but she was great and it was really nice and I was glad I was able to get along fine with her. It was very pleasant and happy for everyone.
Then we woke up in the middle of the night to a puking boy. Very sad, it’s so hard when these cute little ones don’t feel well. The ones who were feeling alright went to church and then we all chilaxed as my boys like to call it, ate and played a board game. It ended up being a nice evening after a very busy week. I don’t want to be that busy again for awhile, but we did it!!