March was a really beautiful month here in GA! And the beautiful weather was accompanied by allergies, sunburns, and pollen-covered cars. But it was still beautiful. 🙂
March was also full of soccer. (Go, Team Mexico!) Autumn is loving every minute of every game and practice. She looks forward to it all week and practices with her Daddy in every spare moment he can get. We are loving this soccer league and, I have to admit, debating over whether or not to return to Upward in the fall. She is learning a lot more about the game here and gets more playing time with the smaller teams, but we love the Upward program. Thoughts?
We wrapped up our Owl Moon unit (I’m so far behind on blogging these – ACK!) and made cupcakes to celebrate. Autumn’s favorite part was dissecting an owl pellet. We also finished the semester of co-op. We enjoyed our time at Family Night, watching performances put on by various classes. We had a couple display tables set up to show off the work the kids did in my Great Artists class. This class was so much fun to teach. Really looking forward to doing it again next semester!
The garden is going again. I got started very late this year, but finally built one (of several) raised beds from reclaimed wood. Also, put together a couple simple compost bins, and did lots of work clearing the garden area of weeds and laying down cardboard and mulch. This is just one of those jobs that never seems to get finished. We’re really enjoying our botany curriculum and Autumn built a light hut this month to grow herbs.
We had a great family outing to visit the Ocmulgee National Monument for a Lantern Light tour this month. We have visited the Indian mounds several times, but this visit was magical. We had a ranger give a guided tour teaching about the history of the area all by lantern light. The path was lit with flickering luminarias and everyone carried a small lantern with a candle inside. The night was gorgeous and our visit couldn’t have been more perfect.
Oh, and the toothfairy made some visits, too! Autumn is now toothless in front and finding eating very difficult. But she sure is cute! Well, maybe not with this face. 😉
We had a busy week.
An afternoon at the indoor inflatable play-place.
Lots of school.
Got signed up for library and B&N reading programs.
Playing in the pool and grilling out!
Pulling/mowing weeds and starting to re-do all our weed block. (In laws getting new cabinets, means I get new cardboard! :))
Autumn had fun learning to make scrambled eggs and summer squash.
We visited an animal rescue/rehab park and fed lots of ducks, fish and turtles.
Led book group discussion on my pick…
Autumn ran her first race – a one-mile kids run!
Matt ran in a different kind of race. After running along with Autumn, he tackled a grueling 9.3 mile race along rough hiking trails through woods, rocks, and constant inclines. He was bruised, scratched up, muddy, and exhausted by the end, but had a great time.
Let’s take a walk to the garden. The sugar snap peas are finally on! Above they are climbing out of the top of a 5.5ft tomato cage.
DD is picking strawberries.
The first of the bush beans are coming on too.
Cinder block bed of tomatillos and tomatoes. This bed is really happy!
Mainly kale and parsley and onions and peppers here. I’ll be pulling up the kale soon to make more space. It’s getting too buggy as we head into summer.
YUMMY. I planted this bucket of beets and have been loving the greens. We’ll be planting again…even if we don’t get actual beets. We love the peppery greens.
Blueberries. These really need to be netted soon, so the birds don’t get them all. Dont’cha love my berry-stained nails?
Baby tomatoes! 🙂
This will most likely be our only year playing baseball. As much as Autumn loves the practices, she’s bored by the games. After the first one, she was already asking when soccer would start. But I gotta say, even if the games are long and hot, they sure are cute!
And did I mention how happy these purple uniforms made this kid???
Let’s not talk about the fact that these are all afternoon games in April and May in GA….which makes me look like this:
Yay! Finally got to meet little Ellie. 🙂
Started out with a picnic…
…and a look at the water…
…the path was interesting…
…and there were lots of shells on the river’s edge…
…and the water was beautiful.
There were little lizards all over the place.
And the rocks were lots of fun.
We had a wonderful time and will definitely go back again!
After a play date today, Autumn and I hung around the playground a few minutes longer and I finally got some sweet pictures. It is getting harder and harder to get pictures of Autumn. She likes to pose and she has a definite “camera smile” which can be cute, but just isn’t the real thing. With lots of playing (and a little tickling) I got some shots I just love because they look like the real smile I see every day.