We're joining in to share about our family and where we live as part of the "Give Your Child the World" summer reading program today. People from all over are going to share about growing up in their part of the world as part of a global link-up.
Each family will answer these questions:
~Tell us about your family: We are a papa, mama and 2 young boys
We love to run and hike in the woods.
~Tell us about where you live and how long you've lived there: We live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the United States, and have lived here as a family for about 12 years. We've lived in our current home for a year. It's on just under 2 acres, with a small stream and woods, and plenty of room for our 4 chickens.
~What do you think is unique and special about living where you do? Our county has some of the best non-irrigated farmland in the country. We are close to cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore, but also enjoy rural living. Alex says "It's special because we have lots of trees, and everywhere we go we can find rocks."
~What languages are spoken there? English, Spanish, Pennsylvania Dutch
~What are some traditional foods there? Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch (a cultural group formed by early German-speaking settlers) foods include things like: apple butter, chicken and waffles, chicken corn soup, hamloaf, Lebanon bologna, and pork & sauerkraut. There are also several large orchards growing apples, peaches and pears. Alex said his favorite foods are chicken and beef with broccoli.
~Tell us about the climate where you live: Our climate is pretty temperate. We have 4 distinct seasons~spring is often rainy, summers are hot and humid, fall is crisp with a welcome break from humidity and winters we have freezing temperatures and about 27" of snow on average.
~What does school look like for the majority of kids where you live? The majority of kids attend public school, but we also have many private Christian schools, as well as a Waldorf and Montessori schools. There are many homeschoolers, both secular and in the Amish and Mennonite Communities.
~What does school look like for your family? We are Waldorf and Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschoolers. My oldest enjoys a homeschool nature class at our county park, and homeschool art class at the local art college where his papa works.
~Are there any special festivals or traditions you'd like to tell us about related to where you live? Lots of towns here have small parades and fireworks for holidays like Fourth of July, the United States Independence Day.
~If you ever had to move away from where you live, what do you think you'd miss most? We enjoy the access to local, organic foods, as well as living near woods for hiking. Alex's answer really surprised me "Hmm....ummm...hmm...nothing. Well I would miss Grammy and Grumpa. But that moving away thing sounds amazing! Can we move to the Rockies?" Ha!
~Do you have a favorite book that takes place in your region/country? "Pennsylvania Dutch Nigh Before Christmas" was written by local authors about a PA Dutch family