Tuesday, January 27, 2009


A few days ago, when it was warmer and the snow was packing snow, we made a snowman. This was the first snowman "we" made that I didn't do the bulk of the work for!! I did have to lift the mid-section in place, which was almost too much for me, but the older children rolled all the parts - pretty impressive!
The children have been having a lot of good play-time outside, here they are on the same day driving a car, and being goofy:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

More Sledding!

We visited some friends who have an excellent hill in their back garden, and we took our sleds. The snow that day was quite powdery - as you can see. One of our friends took some photos, which he passed on to us, and now you can see them too! The photo at the top shows Emmi in her new snowsuit - what a cutie!

Here is a great sequence of Tim's ride down the hill:

David and Emmi on a run down (thanks Auntie for the warm hat on David!!):

David starting a run standing on the "Torpedo":

It was a great visit, with some great food and conversation after! Thanks guys!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


We are enjoying winter! We often walk down to the park at the end of the road, where there are some small hills, with our sleds. Here are some photos of a recent visit!

Emmi coming down the hill:

It must have been a fun run!

Daddy and Ben:

The whole gang:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Pottery Class

Yes, yes, we are working on math and spelling and reading and history, and all good academic subjects, but in addition to the automechanics class, we are having some good enrichment activities. One of these was a pottery class that a friend of mine graciously gave the children. They had to make pinch pots, and then had the option to turn the pots into animals. Ben made a "snack bowl", Pip wanted a bear (I helped!), Tim made a turtle and Emmi, a chipmunk. Here is the happy group:

Emmi is working on a chipmunk:

Tim getting silly with his turtle:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Automechanics Class

We're back to homeschooling! David recently held an automechanics class - "How to Change the Headlamp", he had a very interested audience of 3 boys! He did most of the work, but had them fetching screwdrivers, and holding things for him. And best of all, the car now had 2 working headlamps again!

"Now, who can tell me what screwdriver we need here?" (Ans. by Ben: "Philips!")

"Hold on to these screws - and don't lose them!"