With the vehicle being worked on this week the children and I spent a lot of time walking to places we normally go. I don't live in a very populated area so a walk to the nearest grocery store and back home with the kids can take up to an hour not including time in the store. We also did a walk to our church for the Cracker Jack's catechism class Tuesday evening. It's about 3 miles to the church and I'd overestimated the time it would take us so we ended up with almost two hours to kill. We walked downtown and to the beach.
And as you can see this week in Michigan was a typical changing of seasons week. One day we had no need of jackets, the next jackets were a must, and the day after that it was drizzling.
The children picked some flowers for their catechism teachers and me without being prompted to. They also picked a small flower for the religious education leader. Of course all of us older females profusely thanked them for their thoughtfulness and kindness. Pretty soon we won't be able to get flowers except for at the store until the weather warms back up.
We also spent about an hour at the playground on the school grounds attached to the church. The older two were amazed to find out that we'd been there that long because they said it felt like only a few minutes. I used the time to rest my feet and glance through a free local paper I'd picked up. Don't worry Peanut got the same amount of outside time free-playing in the yard under the watchful eye of Daddy, but I had the camera so no pictures...
The elder two enjoyed checking out the "big gun" at one of the river side parks in downtown. The usually miss going to these parks for more than a moment because we visit them on Tuesdays and that's catechism day.
We spent a lot of time this week walking but the kiddos also got several hours of free play outside in the yard now that the yellow jackets aren't as active as they were just last week. Unfortunately Mommy was exhausted from schooling, cleaning, and walking and so I didn't take any pictures of their adventures in the yard.
|Nope, they're not in the garbage can they're hiding behind it...|
|Our super-hero poses!|
|She wanted in the pictures...|
|I love outside!|
|A rare uncoached smile.|
|Watching her pine cone float|
|On the new bridge|
|Walking home Tuesday evening|
|"No more pictures, Mom!"|
We also saw several interesting sights on our walks. From "milk-pods" splitting open (we've been watching them all season), to tunnel spider webs, changing leave colors, a rare (for us) rear view of our church, and the "hidden house".
|Our church from the bridge|
|The "hidden house"|
It's amazing what you see when you look around you. The hidden house is actually a house that has some very tall bushes/trees growing along a line in the yard. Those bushes have been taken over by ivy and they caused a natural arch over the walkway. It's really very neat.
Five days out of seven we spent at least part of the day outside this week. Thursday and today, Saturday, were drizzly and chilly. Days suited more for inside fun. We managed to get in 24 hours of outside time this week! Well, the children did I had about ten less than that...
So, our weekly total this week was 24 hours
and our year to date total (four weeks) is 90.5!!! It's amazing how quickly those hours add up!
For our making your home a haven challenge this week we'll be spending the rest of today having a family fun day! Movies, games, a few items off of our bucket list! It should be fun!
Look for our post tomorrow on how our fall bucket list is coming along. This next week I have a post planned for nearly every day! Don't miss a single one, come check us out at our Facebook page where I share them all and other interesting tips and tid-bits.