Last weekend we spent a day and went to an Alpaca Farm about an hour away. We had spent the prior week learning about Alpaca's, their fibers, shearing, spinning, using the fibers so the kids and us adults were pretty excited to venture out and learn more and see these animals in person. A small family owned and operated farm, the husband was friendly and full of information, proud as he told us about his 30 Alpaca's, how his farm started and his love for the animals. He was also thrilled to offer his services if anyone was interested in their own Alpaca, he'd help you select one, and set up your pen/stalls at your property as well. My daughter and I watched a spinning demonstration, as we were told how the process works from shearing all the way to spinning it into yarn to knit with. We were intrigued and excited to perhaps one day try our hand at it ourselves.
During the week we had our 4H meeting, our daughter finished up her record book, recording her expenses from the previous years projects and decided on what animal projects to do for this upcoming year.
We took mid week off on Wednesday to take our pup to the vet, so while he was their for the day we took advantage and went up to the mountains to spend the day on Nature Study- playing, hiking, drawing, taking pictures, reading and doing community service- park clean up- the kids were very passionate about keeping the campground clean of trash and debris. Our 7 yr old son kept asking aloud 'who would do this' and 'why wouldn't they put their trash in the trashcan?' along with 'don't they know animals could die!' A valuable lesson to keep our earth and environment clean and to take personal responsibility.
Speghetti, Garlic Bread and Salad
Rice and Bean Taco's
Mashed Potato's, Vegetarian Baked Beans & Corn
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
and we ordered Pizza!
A very kid-friendly week
Next week we have plans to hike around the river, collect, document, check out the water, animals, rocks, as well as go on our weekly Library trip and park date, get into the Fall and Halloween spirit and decorate and craft, read a lot, play a lot, learn a lot and just have fun together!