We had some record cold and then surprisingly warm days. The children played in both and enjoyed the novelty of ice, while it lasted. With the chillier weather, we've been spending more time hiking around to keep warm. For the first time, we went into the deep woods, which is inaccessible in the summer. There is a dry creek bed there which had a little ice for crunching in with boots on. We also found some decaying logs for pulling apart and climbing around. Many new, exciting challenges were in the forest and the children came to lunch with hungry tummies from all that climbing over brambles and logs, up hills and down again.
Each morning this week, we spent a little time making some bird feeders and then hanging them on the former Christmas tree outside. We spread peanut butter on toilet paper rolls and then sprinkled/rolled them with bird seed. Another day we spread pinecones with peanut butter and then rolled them in seeds. The children enjoyed hanging them up on the tree. Also, to make the first week back a bit cozier after 2 weeks of home time, the children each rolled and cut out a gingerbread man cookie each day to enjoy with snack. So of course, our story this week was that of "The Gingerbread Boy".