We went ice skating the other day.
It was one of those perfect fall days. Warm and sunny. A light jacket would have been good but of course they wouldn’t wear anything like that. We went to check the cows and found the windmill pond still frozen over from the cold days earlier in the week. It was somewhat frozen at least. Jumping on the ice and watching water squirt up through the holes was the best part. It wouldn’t have been disastrous if they had fallen through, it’s a shallow pond.
It was nice to get to ice skate here at home. We’ll have to get back there, play a little more.
Gymnastics are still going very well. It’s so much fun to watch the kids out there doing their thing. They’re very good. They spend lots of time swinging and climbing and walking the balance beam.
This last week they started working on a routine on the balance beam instead of practicing pointing toes and touching them to their knees. It was much harder.
The kids aren’t allowed to watch tv or play on computers when they get home from school. They’ve been sitting most of the day, they need to burn energy. This is the result of that rule now that it’s winter and dark by the time they get home.
Sometimes while working with the horses I end up with videos that I can’t share on Rusty’s facebook page. People on the internets get a little crazy about kids without helmets and well, it just didn’t seem like the best idea to share it publicly. I loved these too much not to share them somewhere though so I’ll put them here. 8 does usually wear a helmet, I think I should mention that. I hadn’t planned on him riding right now. There wasn’t time to run back to the house, he would have gotten ditracted and wandered off. I thought we should take the chance to play while we could.
Teaching Harvey to go around things was this months trick that we added in the Academy. Teaching how to come pick up a rider is our trick for next month. Harvey is doing a great job at it and I think we are ready.
The Academy is doing very well. We just finished our last intake for new members. It was the shortest yet and the most people joined! We have just over five hundred members now from all over the world. Mostly US and Australia but also England, Slavakia (is that right? It’s somewhere in middle Europe), The Netherlands, Greece, It’s so much fun to see where all the people are from.
It was cold. That pretty much sums up Halloween this year. At least it had warmed up from the days before. From near zero to the forties during the day at least.
Both children went trick or treating with their classes. I got to go along for both. The Goblin Child actually asked me to come with her class, she never wants me to do anything! Of course I went! 8 still likes me to come along for everything. I’ll enjoy that while I can.
The preschool class went down main street t all the buildings then to the nursing home. The first grad went to the nursing home then around the school.
After school we ate supper at the church and enjoyed their trunk or treat and the meal they provide. It makes it so much easier than trying to rush home or pack a supper. Then we went around one block. Whitten Brenna and Owen cam with as usual. They were sweet and well behaved. Our never are.
The Goblin Child took off with her older cousins and some friends of theirs. We didn’t see her again for the rest of the night. She was of course frozen solid when we found her to bring her home. She had refused to put on the coat I brought her and the long sleeved shirt that had been comfortable in the evening was not warm enough for the cold night.
8 was very tired from a full day of celebrating and cold barely make it around. He was warmer since he had allowed me to put a sweat shirt on him of not his ghost costume. He declared in the middle of the crowds of people also out celebrating that he had to pee. We were no where near anything or houses of anyone we knew. We found the deserted corner of a recently emptied lot and wished it was darker. So much fun 😉
They were finished after the one block and begged to go home. They didn’t want to go to any of the other houses we usually stop by or see the neighbors we visit on the way home. We drug them to a couple then went home and let them go to bed. Very early. It made for a nice night for us. We watched Sleepy Hollow.