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Week 26
~ A Little Trip and a Little's Birthday

The FarmSunday was Malachi's third birthday and so we decided to go on a little trip to Sturgeon Bay, WI which is about 3 1/2 hours away. We first went to a dairy where you can see the cows being milked and learn about the process the milk goes through from the cow to the store. You can also buy ice cream that is made on site and that was very good! We stayed the night at a hotel and the children had a blast in the pool. They especially loved it when Daddy got in the water and swam with us. I haven't seen him get into the water to swim since before Maacah was born! We don't stay in hotels very often, so that was a treat all on its own.

The last place we went to was to a farm that is completely hands on and expressly for children. It's called The Farm and it had many baby animals running around the yard, which you could pet and feed. There was also the chance to milk a goat, which the children really enjoyed. They had baby goats, lambs, pigs, chicks, rabbits and cows aplenty. There was a nice sized garden that you could see what was growing and what the plants looked like; including wheat, barley, rye, spelt and an unidentified grain. At the opening of the farm to the public, which was in 1965, the owners had bought and moved several log homes onto the property. All of the cabins were built between 1850 and 1880 and are now used to house historical facts about farm life. One building housed what a "summer kitchen" would look like and why it was wanted/used. Another was used to house the "evolution of the tractor" and different farm equipment used over the years. It was a very neat place and the children loved it!

The kiddos are looking forward to Saturday when they can see the parade. We also help Grandpa and Grandma sell kettle corn (the real stuff), cotton candy and popcorn. It makes for a long day, but it's fun. The children all get more candy then their mother lets them eat, but by August or so, they forget to ask for some. So it's all good. It will be interesting to see how Nathaniel reacts to the horses and trucks in the parade.

We are heading toward the end of school and there's nothing like getting organized at the end, right? For that's what I've been doing this week as well. I'm finally "getting it right" in the way of making copies of the workbook for the other child while I'm making it for the one who will use it now. I don't know why I never thought of that before. DUH! So while I'm coping the quizzes and tests for Maacah, I'm making copies for Grace next year. So now I have all of Maacah's math copied (we have yet to purchase her third grade curriculum, for I usually do that around the end of August), all of second grade for Grace copied and all of first grade for Isaac copied. I have some bits and pieces copied for Malachi, but he won't be in first grade for another two years or so. Although, before the beginning of each school year, I will make a complete copy of everything that will be needed for the next child in line. We do have a copier/scanner here at home if I come across a page that I forgot to copy, but I have access to a copy machine for free so I've made the copies using that. I'm very grateful for that access, for I've made over 500 copies of workbooks and I'm not even done with Maacah's school yet!

I see the midwife next Tuesday and I'm looking forward to it. Little One has been moving with a vengeance and it doesn't seem to matter what I'm doing anymore, for I can feel the movement. I'm still at the stage where I like the feeling. There will come a time when I plead with them to stop, to no avail of course, but at this time, I'm still enjoying the movement. It doesn't matter how often it happens, but I'm still in awe that there is another human being in side of me, someone whom I can not control, someone with a mind of their own (and believe me, it's starts now!), someone who is totally separate from me and yet attached to me at the same time. It is simply amazing and it's something that I am truly thankful that I get to participate in.

Happy 4th of July everyone!
~ Jennifer

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