Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Why, yes, I do know it's nearly the end of November. But I didn't want to miss posting these photos that I took in October and meant to post then, but didn't. And while I'm thinking of things I've wanted to do but haven't, I'm reminded that with Nicholas going to preschool 5 days a week this year, I'd made a plan of what I was going to do in the afternoon with my 3 hours of free time. I was going to spend an hour writing, blog regularly and spend 30 minutes practicing the piano. Now, being nearly November, I've achieved only 1 day of that "free time." Today's time was spent preparing some things for Primary and the Preschool Fundraiser as well as a quick trip to Costco to pick up our Christmas Cards. Most days are something like that. Although yesterday was spent exercising, and well, I admit it, reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." So much for improving my piano and writing skills. Maybe in January?
These were taken on October 29. I'd never seen anything like it before -- these beautiful plants encased in ice. It was amazing!
Utah Airport Parking Lot -- arriving home from Palm Springs. That seagull just seemed like an appropriate welcoming committee.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Each group attended 4 classes -- Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Potions and Divination. After classes they enjoyed a feast and then The Final Challenge where they ran around the house and yard on a Harry Potter scavenger hunt. The reward at the end? 10 Galleons to spend at Honeydukes.
I'd give more details but I want Kathy to hurry up and start her own blog now that the party is over!
Our beautiful Chestnut Tree provides wonderful shade in the summer.
It was the only tree in our yard big enough to hang a tire swing.
But it comes at a price...
Horse Chestnuts come in a thorny shell--as prickly as a rose thorn. Last year we had the kids pick up 100 a day. We quickly upped the number to 350. This year with two great windstorms about two weeks apart, we were able to get them all in just two picking-up sessions. Our large garbage cans were filled to the rim each time. Halloween day was such good weather and everyone was in such good spirits looking forward to the evening, the job was actually fun all working together outside!