I haven't been on the computer as much lately, and it seems I've only made time to blog about once a week. I love not being on the computer as much, but do hope to figure out a more regular time to blog.
At the beginning of the week I worked on more food preservation. My Uncle Ben gave me several large bags of green beans, and I canned 26 pints of green beans. My friend Anna gave us 12 butternut squash with some spots. I cut out the bad spots and baked them. I froze the baked squash in 1 cup bags to use in pumpkin muffins, pancakes, etc. this winter. I'm so thankful for this bounty of (free!) food to preserve for the winter.
We celebrated the first day of autumn by reading some of our favorite autumn stories, then headed to Long's Park to search for colorful leaves. We had a picnic lunch, we love picnics! The boys were delighted to stand and watch a Great Blue Heron, I got the camera out just as he flew over to the island.
Thursday we enjoyed a train ride on the Strasburg Railroad at an event for the Lancaster Farmland Trust, the wonderful farmland preservation non-profit I used to work for. My parents went too, and we all enjoyed the train ride, a chicken dinner and time to play at Cherry Crest Farm.
On Friday afternoon my mom came to stay with Eli while Alex and I went on a trip with our homeschool group to Gnome Countryside. We enjoyed the owner's songs and guitar playing, story-telling, and a hike through his woods. The woods had large rocks flecked with mica that Alex liked exploring. (And see his water bottle carrier? I sewed that up Friday morning before we left so I didn't have to lug around both of our water bottles.)
Saturday we got to visit with our family friend Kathy, we love seeing her when she visits from Massachusetts. The boys loved building Legos then playing games outside with her and their grammy. (And I forgot to take pictures.)
We had a busy, but good week. This week we are looking forward to celebrating Michaelmas, and a trip to Berkeley Springs with family.