Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nana and Papa Cook (part 2)

We always manage to squeeze in lots of fun activities while my parents are visiting. I remembered to bring my camera to most of the things we did, but I didn't manage to get any pictures of bowling. The kids had a blast and I'm pretty sure some of them even beat me.

On Saturday after we went to the Apple open house at Meadow Farm Foods (and had tons of free yummy food samples) we drove up to Detroit Lakes. While up there we visited some camp sites my parents might stay at next summer. We also managed to stop at two different parks along the lake. It was cold, but beautiful.

 Park along the lake at Pelican Rapids.

 There were hundreds of Coots swimming right by the edge of the lake.

 I love my parents!

 Don't forget we picked produce on Sunday! My mom helped me wash all the onions and get them in the freezer. I gave LOTS of the produce away to friends, but I still have some more to process.

On Monday morning we had a field trip to the Prairie Wetlands with the WATCH homeschool group that we are involved in. We had enough kids for three groups so Papa Tom and I went with the little two girls and Nana went with the older two K-kids in the middle group.
 Papa Tom, K-sis and K-baby listening to Theresa tell us what colors we might see on our adventure. I was amazed that we were able to find pink, purple and red this late in the year.

 Watching the Canada Geese fly right over our heads and land in one of the ponds.

 When we walked over the floating bridge we stopped to see what we could find in the water. We saw some Duck Shrimp and a Boatman bug in the water.

 The kids also took parts of some cattail and blew the seeds in the wind. The kids were covered in cattail fluff and smiling from ear to ear.

 K-sis with her milkweed seed.

 Papa and K-baby walking on the trail. You can see the Prairie Wetland facilities in the background. They have some amazing buildings here.

 K-sis hugging a tree. The kids were also looking for things that were smooth and rough.

 While looking for all the different colors on our walk the group to a break to hide in the tall prairie grass.

 I found them!

 K-sis had a blast.

 Looking down an animal hole that we found on the trail. Theresa was kind enough to remind the kids that we don't stick hands down any holes.

We had a great time. I don't think Nana took her camera so I didn't get any pictures of the big kids. They spent their time looking for invertebrates. After our field trip finished up we rushed over to Viking Cafe to meet Shawn for lunch and have some delicious meatballs. Then went on to swim lessons for the big three kids which will have to be another post by itself.

We even managed to squeeze in many games of marbles, Battleship, Connect Four, Candy Land and some puzzles. I think K-man was the marbles champion, he kept beating everyone he played.

I am so thankful that God gave Shawn and I both loving parents who are willing to travel long distances to come and visit us! I love that they can stay for a week at a time (maybe more after they retire??) and spoil our kids!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like part 2 of the visit, the weather wasn't as nice? I love the pictures of the girls on the field trip, especially the one of Kassidy and Kaylee laying in the field.