Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring is Finally Here!

Our first trip to the park this spring! Notice, no snow in the background.

Playing in our backyard, which was still covered in snow but it was beautiful out!

Our first spring hike at the prairie wetlands!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

China and My Father's World

We finished studying China this week and only have four more countries to go before our school year ends. The kids had a great time with all the hands-on activities! We have really enjoyed this year with My Father's World and I can't wait to start planning next year.
 They went nuts making Chinese lanterns to hang around the house.

 There were some in every room.

 Making paper was fun too.

We also made a wave machine/lava lamp.

Friday, April 26, 2013


My kids usually have to most fun without toys. This week as I was sweeping and mopping my kitchen floor (don't faint, I do clean occasionally) the little girls and LT decided to use the kitchen table as their kitten cage. I of course had to be the cat catcher and chase them with my broom, catch them and put them back in their cage. They had so much fun.

I wish I had a picture of their antics today. They used Dr. Pepper cans filled with water from our backyard to do bowling in the driveway. They would knock the cans over with a soccer ball, race to set them up again, fill them with water using their sand toys and start all over again. They had fun for hours and had all the neighbor kids involved.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cleaning and Crafting.

 Karolyn helped out this weekend by organizing my pantry cabinet. She was so proud of the results of her had work. I love that she enjoyed helping out.
Winter has lasted quite a bit longer this year than last year and the kids are starting to wear holes through the knees of all their jeans. I saw some cute ideas for upcycling old jeans as skirts and Kassidy loved the results and I had everything I needed on hand.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day

In celebration for Earth Day, I did some freezer cooking with my last three chickens from Boyum Farms and some veggies from our CSA share. I made four chicken pot pies and five quarts of chicken noodle soup. We still have quite a few veggies to use up and I'm so thankful that I can simple walk downstairs to our freezer and grab bags of already sliced/diced veggies to use for our meals. Today I was able to use up some onion, carrot, zucchini, corn, green pepper, kale and garlic.

Mid-morning, I loaded up my crew, plus this cute little guy to head out to the Meadow Farm Foods health food store to check out their Earth Day booths and free yummy samples.

 The kids stopped to color some items for the mural.

 Karolyn added quite a few nuts to the mural for a cute squirrel in the tree.

 Posing at the bird feeder booth. The kids really wanted to bring these home. We may have to get Nana to save us some coffee cans to make some bird feeders in our backyard.
The kids planted green beans and pumpkin seeds on their way out.

I didn't get any pictures of all the great food we ate because we were too busy eating!

Friday, April 19, 2013


A couple of years ago we bought Kolsen a circuit kit off of Amazon. All the kids enjoy watching and helping Kolsen create different working circuits to work his radio, turn on lights and work a solar panel.

I think I'll call this science for the day.
Do you think they knew they were learning?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cooking Plans

My youngest two girls found a pack of post-its and a couple of cookbooks.
I think they're making plans.
I'm wondering how many packs of sprinkles I would need to make their recipe lists happen?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I'm so thankful that I can craft with a wonderful group of ladies. Thanks Kelsey for supplying the burlap and wreaths for this beautiful project. I just wish we could get together more often!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hen Houses

Last weekend we helped Shawn put out some hen houses on a Water Production Area.
The kids all helped fill the hen houses with hay.

 Kolsen and Kassidy rode in the sled out to the poll some of the hen houses were on.

 Karolyn waiting for a ride.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Just Another Friday

We enjoyed another Friday here in the Papon household. Shawn was able to take the day off of work and Lincoln was here so we had a full house today.
 We've been studying countries and cultures this year for school with the My Father's World curriculum and the science part involves some geology study. The kid's loved making volcanoes and watching them erupt.

 We do a lot of sitting on the kitchen table (sorry Kelsey and Matt), but everyone has to have a good seat to watch the experiments. We did try another experiment with dirt and toothpaste, but it didn't work. I guess the frozen mud the kids dug out of the backyard was too stiff.

 The kids, Lincoln and Shawn playing the backyard on this fine winter, I mean spring day. We are ready for warmer weather to arrive.

 We also took a quick trip out to one of Shawn's co-worker's farm to get eggs. They are on vacation and the kids enjoy getting to chicken sit. They collected the eggs, fed them corn and checked the waterer. We only found 3 eggs today, but we usually get 8 or 9.

 The chickens

 The crew, yes that is Kaylee outside the fence. She didn't really like being close to the chickens.

 All the kids enjoyed a quick turn on the rope swing.

 Kassidy and Kaylee got colds a few weeks back and Kassidy has been having a hard time at night with coughing, so we broke out the nebulizer that Kolsen used to use all the time when we lived in Wisconsin. Thankfully, the medicine seems to be working and she is sleeping much better and her coughing is definitely less.

Not in order, but this is how Kolsen was eating his breakfast.
He's starting to take after his mom and Papa Tom.
He loves reading Mike Lupica books.
We also did schoolwork down In the school room, but I didn't get any pictures while I was chasing the 5 kids around the house. In the evening, Shawn took the kids with him to the Men's health fair in town and I had a few friends over to craft. We made some really cute burlap wreaths and when I get mine complete I'll try to get a picture of it. Whew! I think we survived the week and we are ready for a relaxing weekend together.