"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."
-Abraham Lincoln

Getting Ready for School

We've hit that time of year again, where it's time to start getting the kids back into school mode.   I don't introduce the workbooks usually until closer to the start of the traditional school year but I do start getting the kids used to the structure and routine that we have about now.   One of the ways I go about doing that is to start to give them short bursts of structured, focused play time.  
Yesterday Oldest spent her time building with some k'nex (and secretly learning how to follow directions from a pictures).   By the time her focused playtime was finished she had already built two butterflies, two fish and a dinosaur and still didn't want to stop.   So she spent about an hour AFTER her focused playtime building a hanglider.

Her dollhouse "father" is taking a harrowing ride.

And in orchard news:
One of our young peach trees "exploded" this year growing up and out and getting a tree full of fruit.  Unfortunately, it had more fruit than it's young little branches could handle and it started to bend almost all the way to the ground.

It's kind of hard to see in the pictures.

I ended up having to throw off about 40-45 peaches to ease the weight on that limb.   I wasn't really happy about that fact but "ya' gotta do what ya' gotta do, ya' know?"    In about an hour I'll be heading out to the bigger, established trees and picking peaches and plums for much of this afternoon.   Should be fun...maybe.  


Kelle said...

I remember those days of setting up for schooling and I miss them, but I am also enjoying a new freedom, in relation to time, to persue other things that have been on the back burner for years :o)

Our Ds absolutley loved K-Nex, he had 4 sets and built the most wonderful/ creative stuff, he was quite creative and as he matured he became a good designer, even sketching out plans for racecars, towers, bridges, etc.... first.
We enjoy your family's blog, thank you for sharing. :o)