Christmas started in October at our house, with music and decorations abounding. E and K were so excited when they finally got to wear their beloved Christmas dresses. It is so fun to have little ladies that love to wear pretty thing, have their hair curled and pose for pictures.
Squaw Creek Resort offered free ice skating on the first 3 Wednesdays in December, we made it for 2 of the 3 nights and the children had a wonderful time on the ice, climbing in the snow, eating Christmas cookies and drinking cup after cup of cocoa.
|K age 4|
|B age 2|
|E age 8|
|A age 6|
K turned four in October. We celebrated with a wind chilling trip to Reno's Animal Ark, lunch out, presents galore and a pink birthday cake.
|Hayride to the pumpkin patch.|
We also made a fall trip to Apple Hill . Apple Hill is a low mountain area dotted with apple and pear orchards. Our homeschool group participated in a morning visit and tour to the orchard at Grandpa's Cellar. The orchard owner gave an educational talk on how apples grow and what it takes to care for an orchard. It was another fun fall activity that also include apple picking. It took less than 5 minutes for the children to pick 10 pounds of apples, not the wonderfully romantic apple picking scene I had envisioned, but they loved it.
And finally, B turned 2 in September. We celebrated with cake, of course, and a beautiful family day at the beach.
|B on his birthday at Speedboat Beach|