Thursday, May 24, 2007

sprinkler fun.

Today was hot so I got out T's sprinkler for the children to play in. D. did not like the sprinkler at all! She cried when she got wet! LOL! This is her mad face.

T. loves to run in the sprinkler (like most children do).D. had more fun pulling up grass, tearing leaves, and watching ants.

T. Spent a lot of time running in and out of the sprinkler . Today he didn't have any interest in grass, leaves, or ants. For him water play was a LOT more fun!

She is mad at the water spraying at her.

T. is happy as can be in it!My little girl..... she can be so cute!
T. is using swords to fight off the evil sprinkler (Batman). LOL!

D . running away from the water.D. Was a lot happier in her sand and water table. She would spend all day and night in her sand and water if we would let her. She really does spend hours a day in this and never gets bored with it.

T. all wet. He came over to the sand and water table to play with his sister after I made him turn off the sprinkler.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Local playground

I tried to take my children to see the courthouse today but I couldn't find a place to park. After driving around in circles for a very long time I gave up. We will try to do that again tomorrow. We have been finishing up school very early every day so we have some extra time in our days. We got our riding lawn mower fixed so I don't have as much grass to cut. DH cuts most of it now. We just bought a van (used) so now I have a car!!! My own car!!!! I am so happy we can fit the baby due in Sept. in this car with no problems! I think the other car would be a tight fit with 3 car seats in the back and my DH's car he used for work didn't fit 2 car seats in well 3 would have never fit in it. I always had my own car but in the winter my car (one that the children rode in) is all wheel drive so hubby needed to drive it when ever we had a chance of snow (in Pa that is all the time from Oct-April). I am so happy!! I will not have to live without a car when the weather "might" get bad or hubby wants to bring stuff home anymore. I took it out today for the first time. I like it! I will be getting out a lot more now! I can go run errands and shop again! I have been trying to get to the post office for months now. It will be so easy for me to do this week!

We stopped at a playground today. I thought that maybe if D. ran around and climbed for an hour or so she would want to take a nap when she got home. I was wrong! They did have fun but neither of them looked tired when we got back.

T. climbing. Both my children are climbers. It is easier for me to get him in a picture when he is climbing because he climbs a lot slower than he runs.

This is D having fun (getting into trouble). We tell her over and over FEET FIRST on the slides! She listens until she sees me blink or turn my head for a second and then this is what I see when I open my eyes. LOL!

This playground has lots of trees around. Staying out of the sun is not a problem most of the time but today we stopped by at the wrong time. It was hot and bright. T. needs a new pair of sunglasses I think.

D. being her cute self.

T. pushing his sister on the swing. My children are such good children!

I hope to start posting school stuff again on this blog. I am getting back into the routine of taking pictures and trying to squeeze in a little computer time each day. I hope to be back on track in the next few days. I have been doing lots of our school outside. I just need to remember to grab the camera when we go out to do it!

Trip to Frances Slocum State Park.

We went out to Frances Slocum State Park yesterday. It has a very nice playground! It was wonderful (maybe even the perfect playground) for my children. This one has a bunch of challenging things for T. and lots of small fun things for D. Most playgrounds seem to be more fun for one of the two children. Frances Slocum has a nice horseshoe shaped lake but I didn't think to take a picture of it. I always forget to take pictures of things. I know we will be going back to this state park in a few weeks and I will try to take more pictures then.

This is D. looking down a big slide.
T. walking across the swaying poles.

D. trying to rock. Her legs are a tiny bit short.
Her favorite thing to do head first down a slide.
We left the park and went out to Harvey's Lake to have some pizza for dinner. Harvey's lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Pa. After pizza we drove around the lake. Then we stopped for ice cream cones at an ice cream stand before we went home. The children like to play on the truck at this ice cream stand. This is T climbing up.
This is T acting very silly in the truck.
T. and D. in the back getting ready to go down the slide one last time.
It was another fun family day for us.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Trip to Lackawanna State Park

We took a trip out to a state park today. My hubby decided on this visit that he likes the thought of camping with the children so we will either take it up this year or next summer. We will have to see how everything works out. Our list of things we want to do before the baby comes keeps getting longer. I am starting to think we will not be able to fit everything in.

T. got to do some rock climbing.

We found one of the old playgrounds up in the tent sites. It is a lot like the one we played on as children. This is a picture of D. trying to climb up some of it. I hope you can see how high the blocks are for her to climb. She had to work hard to get up it.

About 30 minutes later she made it on her own to the top of the blocks. She was so happy when she found that a slide was at the top!
This slide must seem so big to her.

This is T. way up high. He is so proud of himself for climbing up so high.This is another picture of T way up high.

This is funny! This one is of hubby up high on the blocks thinking to himself..... I think it was a lot higher when I was a kid. LOL!

We then went down to the new playground. D. had fun on the slides.

Another picture of D. We got lots of pictures of D. on this playground but all of the ones of T. turned out blurry or only showed part of him. He runs so fast and plays so hard on playgrounds it is hard to get a picture of him. I am starting to think 7 year old children are faster than parents with cameras. LOL! I am glad D. isn't that fast yet.

We walked down to the lake. the lake is very pretty. I wish I would have taken some better pictures of it.

Our children on a rock. D. is getting ready to get off it.T. on the rock.

I packed blueberry muffins and juice so we had a snack before we left. Hubby took us to Manning's farm for ice cream on our way home. It was another fun day out.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Thrusday's Trip.

We took a day trip up route 6 to Bradford County, Pa. We went to the Wyalusing Rocks. I found some info on it if you wanted to know a bit more about it. and

Below are some pictures we took from the Wyalusing Rocks.

My children found watching the caterpillar almost as much fun as taking in the beautiful view all around them.
We plan to go back again soon and visit the French Azilum (they are only open on weekends in the spring). I would like to stop at the Marie Antoinette Lookout. I want to take the children to the covered bridge and maybe even walk some of the trail. OH! One more thing I want to do.... You will all laugh at this one! I want my familyh to drive down the road in Camptown and sing the song Camptown Races. I need to download a copy of the song and put it in the car so we are all ready the next time we decide to go out that way. My children love this idea. LOL! I should tell them that they will not see horses racing down the middle of the street in this town before we do this. I kind of think they might believe horses race up and down the road in that town. I did tell them that the races happened a long time ago but I think they might not have heard that part of the story. I know this sounds very silly! BUT I am sure I am not the only person who starts to sing the song Camptown Races when they drive by the sign for Camptown on Route 6!

Are you all humming right now......

The Campptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da
The Camptown racetrack's five miles long
Oh, de doo-da day
Goin' to run all night
Goin' to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray

OH! I think I will also explain to my children what gambling is and what the Bible says about it before we do this. I could just teach the first verse and never sing the bet my money part of it. I remember singing this song in school but now I wonder why I didn't hear about the real races in Camptown Pa? You would think growing up in Pa not far from this place that they would have given us a bit of history to go with the song... I never even knew Camptown Pa existed until I was 20 some years old.

For anyone that likes to go take scenic trips or stop at popular (sometimes unpopular) tourist spots, several of my cheap or no cost places I have down to go see this summer I just found listed on this site For anyone who lives out of the area I will try to keep posting some of our trips. I have to say I think they always sound better and look better in the travel guides than what I see. So expect my pictures to not be as amazing as the ones on the visit PA web pages. BUT the one thing the travel guides don't have is the looks of wonder and amazement my small children have when they get to see many of the big things in our area. I will try to capture that in my pictures from now on. I know that my children must have felt so very very small in that big panoramic view we took them to see. I think back to many of my own memories of family drives or day trips my parents took me on when I was young. I remember thinking any place we didn't go see often was a place far far away. When I grew up I learned that we lived very close to most of them but when you are little everything seems so big and far away! Below are a few more pictures from our scenic drive.

This is a huge rock that tells some info on the French Azilum. It is about 1/2 mile or so before the French Azilum.
I don't remember how we came across this old bridge. I thought it was funny that my hubby calls it a talking bridge. He says all bridges like this talk. I didn't have any idea what he was telling the children. LOL! He drove over it and when it made that loud hummmmmmm that old bridges like this do he said see.... It talks. LOL!

This is a picture of downtown Wyalusing.

This is the oldest house in Laceyville. It wasn't open when we drove by so the picture is only of the outside.

And that is all I have from this little trip. It was a beautiful day for a drive.