Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Beggar's Night was tons of fun! It was very cold, but thankfully we had warm costumes. Ray had planned to be a race car driver, but opted instead to wear the warmer lion costume that Aunt Susan had given him. He got many great compliments, especially since our town's high school mascot is a lion.

Adam's "Charlotte" costume turned out great!(Thanks Mom!) He absolutely loved it and I think he looked so cute! The boys thought it was SO funny when one man told Adam he should have a candy bag for each of this hands. It was funny to see the adults laughing at "Dilbert" and the children wondering who he was.Both of the boys had just as much fun spending time on the porch passing out candy as they did trick-or-treating.

While we were away...

Ray and Adam had some wonderful adventures last week while Jon and I took our getaway to Amish country. My dad ("Pappy") and his wife Mary not only stayed with the boys, but also took on the teaching duties! They planned really great activities and outings to teach the boys about the Hopewell Indians.

They made binders with facts and pictures.

They visited the Newark Earthworks, where they saw mounds built by the Hopewell Indians.

Adam fell in love with FLINT! He loved finding it and learning all about it.The sign of a great learning day: After the field trip, the boys used clay to make models of the mounds.
They put together boxes of "Hopewell Treasures" that included various elements/minerals that the Hopewell people used. The next day they took a trip to the Ohio Historical Center. They saw the mastadon as well as many other animals native to Ohio.
Adam discovered more flint.They even saw great scenes replicating the life/villages of the Hopewell people.

This was a wonderful learning experience for Ray and Adam! (Thanks again Dad and Mary!) They are still talking about the Hopewell and teaching me new things! (And - awesomely - while they were learning all that, I was soaking in a hot tub, eating Amish food, and relaxing!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

'Tis the Season for....


On Saturday we went to the Circleville Pumpkin Show (along with 5,374,291 other people)!Here's Ray (and Adam's hands) with a prize winning pumpkin. The pumpkins in the picture below were the grand prize winners, maxing out at 1,622 pounds!Here's Ray posing with his cousin Ava.Adam cheering for the Buckeyes!
On Sunday after dinner, we had lots of fun with the annual pumpkin-carving tradition.

We've also eaten pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, and even pumpkin buckeyes! Yum! What a great time of year!

Now I need to go finish the "Charlotte" costume since Trick-or-Treat is only a few days away!