Saturday, October 31, 2009

More Fall Glory

A few more glimpses of the beauty of fall in Michigan.

Last weekend was at peak color, and I was able to get a few more pictures Sunday afternoon. Although not raining, it was cloudy, but by the weather reports I knew it was my last chance. Good thing too, because just a few days later, strong rain and winds blew most of the leaves off the trees.

I sure am glad that God gives us this time of beautiful color before the gray of winter comes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Photos

Most of October has been cloudy, cold, and rainy here in MI; ruining those bright, clear, crisp fall days that I so love. :( So when there was a peak of sunshine and no rain early last week, we took some time away from school so I could get some photos.

Actually, we did fit in some school because we drove out to a friend's house in the country who has a beautiful property with a pond. Noah had to collect some pond water for a science experiment.

(clever Noah attaching a ladle to a rake handle with duct tape, to reach the bottom of the pond!)

(jars waiting for collected water, to be used for the micro-organism experiment)

(these were all at my friend's property that I try not to covet!)

(along a country road)

(another country road)

(tree reflection in a creek at a park near our house)

(creek again)

(bush that only gets noticed in the fall, on the side of our house that we rarely go!)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Field Trip - Part 1

This past Friday, we went on a field trip with a homeschool group to the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon, MI.

It's a small museum, but it had some great exhibits that the kids enjoyed (and, it's free!)

Their favorite was the Science Center, lots of hands-on, interactive things to do:

Pan Pipes

pedaling fast enough to power the light bulbs

Tornado Simulator

experimenting with pulleys and weights

Anti-Gravity Mirror (or just a fun, funky mirror!)

Another exhibit showcased local Wildlife Habitat:


Run Bambi! Michiganders love to hunt!!

a fawn calming resting, too young to know about hunters yet!

And the Coming To The Lakes exhibit, showing what brought people to the area through the decades.

logging was one of the biggest reasons early settlers came to the area

what a early settlers' one-room log cabin may have looked like

archaeological evidence has shown that Mastodons once roamed the area

through the window of a typical local mercantile

My next post will be about my personal favorite part of the day; one of the historical buildings that are part of the Museum Center. But I figured this was enough photos for one post.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Still Calm and Quiet Around Here!

Even the dog has been well-behaved . . .

Practicing jumps and flips from the mini-trampoline on to the couch counts as P.E., doesn't it?!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's Been a Little Quiet Around Here . . .

Even our neighbor Jack has joined in the fun a few times!

And I'm loving it!