The kids go to Holland Christian every wednesday for homeschool kids to take, gym, art, spanish etc… Today was their first day. Socialization isn’t a problem for homeschoolers, just look at ‘em!
Earlier this month we spend a week at The Cabin. This was our first time going for longer than an extended weekend since our honeymoon. It was so fun, we got to settle in and enjoy our time there. I think that this might have to become a regular thing!
Huck is singing, “I’m on a boat!”Name: SnapJared caught the only fish of the entire week. A large bluegill. He was holding it up, posing for a picture when it flopped from his hands. The fish fell smack on Winfield’s big toe and one of it’s spiky fins pierced under his toenail and came out the side. There was blood dripping on the dock. This was the same toe that had been nearly broken a week before by a flying frozen smoothie and was in ongoing painful treatment for 31 warts. cursed.
The explorers spend 5 1/2 hours hiking in the morning. They climbed Kirk Dietrich’s climb, about an hour of stone staircase. Then summited the second tallest mountain in Acadia, Dorr Mountain. The kids took turns leading and kid in the lead got to set the pace and chose when breaks happen. Apparently Harriet is a “Slave Trader” acceding to Win because she sets a grueling pace and never stops for breaks.After a morning of hiking they made it down to the beach for 3:00 low tide. 2 1/2 hours were spent rummaging through tide pools, catching starfish, crabs and an eel. They found a smallish tide pool that acted as a jail for the creatures that they caught. For a while Harriet was the jail keeper and would yell whenever a catch was attempting to escape.
Jared’s been sending me updates from his iPhone. We envisioned a trip to Acadia with the kids nearly 4 years ago. The first time we went there we talked a lot about how we wanted to come back with kids. Yesterday they traveled, got sushi in the airport, and took “every single type of transportation.: according to Harriet. From car, to shuttle bus, to airport train, to airplane, to rental car they did a lot of traveling. Huge outdoor movies in a park by the ocean next to their hotel.2 kids in 1 bed. Oh how I love those 2!At the summit of one of Acadia’s mini mountains. Classic Acadia hiking
Jared, Win and Harriet headed out this morning for a 6 day trip to Acadia, leaving Dale, Huck and me behind. I’m so excited for them. Last year Jared and I went to Acadia and talked about how we wanted to bring the kids back when they were old enough. Doing the math and realizing that Win would be 13 when Huck is 5 we realized that a family hiking trip was a ways off. So Jared and the big kids are off touring national parks and the littles and I are holding down the fort. Dale was bit sad that she didn’t qualify as a big kid. But she’ll get a turn too. I already miss them!
For the past several months Winfield has been toting around his stuffed fox, James. James follows Win pretty much everywhere. At meals he gets a bite. When Win reads James sits so that he can see the pages and read too. One time Win read without James. Later I saw Win flipping thorough the pages and sticking James’s nose in each page. I asked Win what he was doing. He explained, “James is catching up.” James has gained some friends, Snowey the white tiger and Splash the red-tailed hawk. They stick together and follow Win around.
This morning Win was working on his homeschool but his entourage was not with him. I found them all in the dining room playing homemade pan flutes.