15 October 2011

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Cooking, Art & the Pumpkin Patch

Wow! What a fun and full week around here! I'm a little exhausted from it all, but it's been great.

We only spent two days doing school book work this week, but we enjoyed some wonderful field trips and I think those are just as educational as the book work.

On Monday we headed to Nashville and our very first stop was McKay Books. It's only the most awesome used book store I've ever been to! I confess that I love, love, love a good used book store because that means I can buy even more books since the prices are so great. McKay's was no exception and I hope to visit there again soon!

One book that we picked up was a children's cookbook for Mr. B. He couldn't wait to make something from it! So one day this week he and The Princess whipped up a batch of *Fruit on a Stick*and then promptly gobbled them up! I got to sneak one of them and they were really good, of course:) He was pretty proud of himself, making his first *recipe* from his very own cookbook.
Speaking of cooking, The Princess made her first batch of chili for our small group night this week and it was YUM-O! I was pretty impressed! She used a children's cookbook that was one of mine growing up--definitely going to bookmark that recipe to use again:)

Now back to Nashville...

We also visited the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and had an AWESOME time! You may have already seen my post on that so I won't go into all of the details now, but you can read all about it here.
This is a sampling of the art that we made in the ArtQuest part of the Frist during our visit. Can't wait to go back!

We wrapped up our week with a field trip with our homeschool group to a local farm for a visit to the pumpkin patch. It was so much fun! I do believe this farm is the best one we've visited and I can't wait to return (I guess I'm a country girl at heart).

The owner gave the kids and families (our group was 90 strong!) a wonderful talk on how the pumpkin grows and then also related the carving of a jack-o-lantern to how Christ comes into our lives and makes our hearts clean and brings joy. It was a great presentation!

Then the farm fun began! The kiddos got to shell corn and feed the cows, play on a jungle gym made from hay bales, play in the sunflower patch, race {extra large} trikes, pet the goats, see pigs, horses and chickens, play with kittens...

...take a *train* ride on a riding lawn mower, take a wagon ride behind a tractor out to the corn maze, and pick their very own pumpkin straight from the pumpkin patch.

We also enjoyed picnicking, the play ground, some basketball (Vince, not me) and browsing their country store. And the weather... well, it was just the perfect Fall day!

I love this time of the year! It's so nice to do those outdoor things in the perfect temperatures. And Kentucky is just gorgeous right now! The trees are so colorful and the leaves look so pretty floating through the air and resting on the ground. My favorite time of year!

I guess that wraps up our week. I am trying to decide which week to take a bit of a Fall break this year. My calendar is just crazy right now! If you homeschool, do you take a Fall break--or if your children attend a school, does it schedule Fall break? I think I could use one:)


Ellen said...

Lora, what a wonderful week! I love this time of year, too. Nice, lovely days and cool evenings: what's not to love?! To answer your question, we homeschool and do not take a fall break, unless you count the few days at Thanksgiving. We start our year later than the ps do in our county, but we like to finish up around the same time, so I'm careful about our breaks and holidays.

Nicole said...

We do take a fall break because I still have two children in public school and they are out. We have three days off: Thursday and Friday this upcoming week and the following Monday. I didn't really feel like we needed a break ... until this weekend. All-of-a-sudden I have hit a brick wall and I am so thankful we have a short week this week for a little breather. Besides, the weather is just so beautiful that all I want to do is enjoy it!!!