Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Outings...

We've spent the last couple of days outside enjoying nature.  It's been in the mid to upper 70's, which is above average for WI this time of year.

Tuesday's nature study started strong.  We hiked across the field to a shady spot under these gorgeous oak trees.

We spread a blanket and I read aloud Oak Trees by Marcia Freeman as part of our Galloping the Globe study.  We are currently studying Trees and France. 

Levi and I played while Riley and Ruben went exploring.  Of course, a nature walk wouldn't be complete without climbing a tree ;-)

...and of course, just as I say "Be careful so you don't fall", Riley's foot slips and she's hanging by a skinny branch approx. 6-8 feet off the ground.  I lay the baby down and holler for Ruben to come watch him, while I try to hurry over to the tree where she's hanging.  I struggled to fight my way through the brambles and briars to reach her.  I wasn't sure how long she could hold her weight.  I believe she had a little help from above because just as I got there she managed to swing back to the trunk and cling tight until I was able to assist her down.   Thankfully, it ended with just a skinned knee and no broken bones. 

 Unfortunately soon after, Levi's mood took a turn for the worse so we decided to call it quits and head home.

However, Wednesday was a new day and we decided to try again :)  This time, we headed off to a local park to meet my sister.  

Riley and Ruben again enjoyed exploring and wading in the creek as well as playing on the playground.  

It looks like reality is going to set in today with a 20-30 degree temperature drop, wind and rain.  But it was good while it lasted....  I'm so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool. I really cherish these days with the kids.