Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pike Run Hills Festival 2014

 
Going back a 100 years and more....we got to hear many stories of the days of old and we
 
 
milked old Bessie

visited some soldiers
 
 and their camp
 
 
learned how dangerous it was to load these
 
received some drill instruction(#1 stayed with the group for awhile)
 
 
 
meanwhile #4 & #5 helped build a log cabin


 
then we pounded some corn and ground some wheat
 
 



This good looking crew learned how to work the saw
 

 

 
and much more!  My favorite might have been watching #4 do the laundry with the washtub and board ;)

 
 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September news

 
My little helper.  Although he can often have a tantrum that you'd associate with the 'terrible 2's' he can be the greatest assistant!
 
 Especially in tight spaces! (Helping hook up a washing machine.)


 These guys have gotten into map making again.  Draw a map to unique places and follow it on the course of your adventure.  They also have sacks of nuts(mostly hickory from our yard but some different kinds from the neighbors too).  This is their currency.  Neighbor kids join them in  playing survivor man too.  (make up stories about airplane crashes and make shelters out of cornstalks etc).  Love the imagination at work!
 
Some new guys to our outdoor crew.  I'm hoping they prove to be useful next year as they do like to chase squirrels(and those gray varmints ate all our corn growing this year!) we need all the help we need all the help we can get keeping them away!

School Days 2014-2015

 
 
 
Not first day of school pictures but taken within the first month; full of fake smiles :)
 
9th Grade
 
 


7th Grade

4th Grade

2nd Grade


PreK

Monday, August 11, 2014

Camping 2014 part 3

 
So lots and lots of rain was happening and forecasted in the days ahead so we decided to head home early but still continue to camp and enjoy our vacation time in another location.
 
 
#1 found a fossil



 
#4 said this was his table.
 
 
glow in the dark fun.

 
#5 wanted a picture of the cross he made.

 having fun in the mud



 
 
notice no pictures of #1?  He didn't understand why they thought the mud was fun so opted out:)
 
They all helped each other get muddy and to clean up afterwards.  Was quite fun to watch!
 
We have no pictures of but we  took a day and went floating with my youngest sister and family.  Was a great time!  Saw a lot of blue herons on the river that day.
 


Camping 2014 part 2


Visiting Southport
 









Camera didn't show the pretty colors but we had a lovely picnic with a beautiful view.




 
 
The only picture of all of us, so had to post it.  It poured rain the whole morning(and most of the rest of the day).

 
Fort Fisher

 
Sunset on the way home.

Camping part one 2014

 
 
On the road and ready to rock.

 
This was probably the worst seating arrangement on the trip. 4,1,and 5 in the same row. 
 

May need to tie them on top the next road trip to keep my sanity.  Think that will be a problem?  OK, may rethink that *sigh*
 
;)
 

 
Beautiful views on the road.  After that nap #5 had above he was in awe with the forest that surrounded him.  (ps yes the sweet, fun family moments made up for the crabbiness in the car........mostly........I may have said I wasn't taking them anywhere ever again.........that probably means until next year though.  That's a year for us all to grow and mature, we can do it, right??)




 
Our camp site.  My sister and niece were next door. :)

 
 
The Beach, the Beach!!

Rough waters but good times!



Clothes line=more privacy lol! 
 Mosquitos were very, very, very bad here so keeping busy off campsite was important.
 


Just another view of campsite during the day.
 

 
seagulls by the ferry.

 
First ferry ride for most of the crew(my kids and oldest niece).  Made this momma nervous as the longer we were on the ferry(I felt like) the more the kids stretched over the railing.  On the ferry ride back we got to be the first car on the ferry so were parked at an opening. :)