Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Odds And Ends

Good morning back to school picture that's been waiting so patiently in a file somewhere in computer land. Here's a smile ready to eat up fifth grade at a new school.

Don't know if it's been mentioned lately, but Ruari is like the sister of the year round these parts. She is enthusiastic about teaching her younger brothers and sisters about pretty much everything and anything she can. Plus, she still loves (as in L-O-V-E-S) to play with them.

We've been doing the routine fall tour, which included an apple orchard this year, where Ruari decided to take her curriculum off roading. A field trip of sorts, and of course just another opportunity for learning.

Miss Sidhe on the other hand has a different style, a different approach, but is also a wonderful teacher. You know that whole "it takes a village" saying? So corny, but SOOOOO true, and I think about it nearly everyday, about how lucky these kids are to have each other. Maija was an only child for nearly 5 full years. There were certainly benefits to that, and we built our village in other ways the best we could, but the village we now know, the one we now call home? It is amazing and I am so glad my family put their roots down here.

A trip to the pumpkin farm. How could we enjoy October without a hay ride? I mean, seriously?

Can't you just see the excitement in the air? (wink.wink)

Oscar was a bit nervous about the whole thing. Even though it included a tractor, even though it included hay and a wagon, he made sure to hold onto Brendan every second we were on that darn thing.

And I think he's still having nightmares about this guy, but who can blame him? I think I'm still having nightmares about that guy.

Which reminds me, I need to make a dentist appointment.

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