Fall is one of our favorite times of year.
Leaves changing color and falling off the trees. Frost on the grass. Jack-o-lantern molding on the front porch. It must be fall again!
It brings with it a reason to make hot cocoa and wear a jacket, and it also opens up several new activities for the boys. Hunting season is in full swing, and they are getting to go up in the hills on the 4-wheeler with Daddy now. THIS is very exciting! He has said it’s not the most productive hunting he’s ever done, because let’s face it, boys aren’t exactly quiet.
Hunting season brings about another interest: shooting. Homeschooling and shooting go very well together! At what school would they be allowed to do this between Grammar and Math? They happily pulled out the Red Rider BB Gun and spent a good hour trying to outshoot one another.
Fall also usually brings an onslaught of apples and a day or two of canning applesauce, but I just didn’t get to it this year. The boys haven’t noticed yet, but I’m sure they will when we run out of applesauce. Sometime soon! Pumpkin Butter is on the agenda too. Oh MY.
Another fall activity we’ve made a point to include the past few years is volunteering at the Operation Christmas Child distribution center. We have spent the past two days unloading cars, stacking, and counting shoeboxes. Then we box them all up and prepare them for pickup. The boys discovered, this year, that they really enjoy this! In just one 30 minute period, they and three other homeschooled kids unloaded over 500 shoeboxes and we all helped to stack them all up (5 high). I have never seen my boys work SO HARD as they have at OCC!
November 14-21, 2016 is collection week so if you are interested in helping, contact your local distribution center. Usually, they’ll take anyone who wants to come and help! We handled 1023 shoeboxes in one 2-hour period this morning! Find a collection center near you. We make a point to volunteer for this every year. It has become a week-before-Thanksgiving tradition.