~Well seeing that my husband has been on a fly fishing trip north of the Arctic circle for the past 17 days, my time for journaling has disappeared. We have been busy (as one can imagine) and I will try to write a little every few days.
~Again this year, I am sending out some photos from last week when we worked as pioneers. It is such a special time with the boys, and I am always amazed at how much the boys learn. As you know, pioneers wore long sleeve tops EVERY day, so I find it is amazing how we all get acclimated to the heat in our garments.
~Yes, the boys were "Finished" (capital "F" intended) weeding their row at this point...therefore, they thought to supervise moi.
~An authentic recipe that was a little heavy on the salt and baking soda...
~The boys had some free time for games and leaf rubbings...
Some of our favorite activities:
~made ink from berries and vinegar and used quills to write letters
~cooking on primitive stoves and/or open fires
~weeding the garden and feeding the pigs (the boys LOVED feeding the pigs)
~the boys worked on marching and were responsible for "sending up and retiring the colors (flag)" at the fort
~participating in court cases (one was accused of stealing)
~washing dishes--ha ha!
~playing indian games and lots of chores...
~using a primitive flint for starting fires
~looking through the straw bedding (mattresses) for mice and bugs...
~had a school day with math, geography, reading and a spelling bee. One of the boys had to be punished, and thus had to hold a small log up on his outstretched arms.
~and on of the all-time favorite activities---hanging with the blacksmith!
~Oh, and I had to include this photo that one of boys inquired "are those large bottle caps up there?" Which is EXACTLY what they look like to a boy from 2011!