Marshmallows at Sunset
Do s’mores pics ever get old? Didn’t think so!
Another favorite memory and activity the girls and I share together at Pa’s is marshmallow roasting on his property way in the back! Sometimes we walk back there, this time we caught a ride in his truck for a fun ride! We haven’t camped out YET, but if and when we do, it will most likely be right here in this spot.
We grab a cooler with the basic s’mores making fixings, Hershey’s, ALWAYS, and Dad will usually grab me some wine or his homemade mead to sip on while we are up there, a root beer for him. We don’t usually make it past two s’mores each or so before we get back to the house for bedtime routines. It’s just such a beautiful way to catch the last rays of sunshine out there and we HAVE to do it at least once every visit!
Still figuring out the best footwear for these girlies when we are out west on the farm. We had always used rubber wellies before because they are easy to slip on before they dash out the door first thing in the morning to go check on the animals, and easy to hose off after coming in from the chicken coop, but they have been very unbreathable and HOT. Perhaps a clog of sorts… hmmm… comment if you know of a great idea!
I usually always change the girls into sleeves and leggings to protect against scratching against prickles back there, and also prevent buggie bites, although I read that wearing white is actually a deterrent, and not dark colors like we did here- oops. What are you gonna do? I tried… I did remember their straw hats! This sun is incredibly piercing and, scarily hot… who is participating in the climate strikes tomorrow? if I didn’t have to be so near the school I would make a trip down to the Capital for this. We need to act NOW. YESTERDAY! Considering our family’s own carbon footprint and how we can make changes in our household, one MAJOR one being WHERE we send the girls to school. Currently I am driving them to a school across the reservoir, on the other side, same district, but what is considered a “better” school according to testing and reviews and the websites, but we moved this past spring to a new home and we have a school in walking or scootering distance but very low rated. What do we do? I have been struggling with this. I have toured our home school twice, once in the spring when we moved here, and once at the beginning of the school year in August. It has real benefits, proximity and community for ONE and TWO, also they also just had a library/digital media room remodel as well. It has smaller class sizes and LESS classes, so smaller school and numbers. Also the same funding from the district and great teachers as well….I have spoke to parents in our neighborhood and all have said it fared well for them but they understood the resistance based on the statistics out there. The home school has a new principle as of last year, and they are improving- great news in the right direction. Each time I start the car and look a the clock realizing I have to account for thirty additional minutes as opposed to maybe ten, I am inching towards saying we should just go to our home school. Any educators or parents out there want to comment or sound off on this issue PLEASE do! HELP!
With all that said, we have made some great connections at our current school, and are honored we were accepted in since it is not our home school. The teachers are all wonderful. But I just wonder, what is all the driving for and will it really make a difference in elementary school? Also…gas! AghhhH!
Anyway, here’s some sweet memories from a place that makes you forget for a moment all the problems of the works and just wraps you in beautiful brush and forces you to stop, listen to the crackle of that fire and just savor something sweet for a few minutes.
The girls are wearing sweatshirts from Old Navy and their heart leggings are from Kohl’s, Their hats were thrifted.