|We've taken several trips to the Akron Zoo, since we now have a membership. This pic is from a day we went with a group of homeschooling friends.
|The slide in the new Grizzly Ridge section of the zoo. It goes underwater through the otter tank - so cool!
|Side view of Monkey going down the slide.
|Side view of Bug going down the slide.
|The amazing view of downtown Akron as seen from the top of the slide.
In August, we went to the Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm. This was our first time going, and the kids surprised us by completely hating it. I found it fascinating, though.
We've also done a good bit of hiking. We're currently one hike away from completing our 3rd Fall Hiking Spree with the Summit County Metropark system. In addition to the pics below, we also hiked at Furnace Run, Goodyear Heights, and Firestone.
|Overlook at Virginia Kendall (July)
|Hand feeding the chickadees at the Seiberling Nature Realm (Aug).
|I didn't manage to get a pic of Monkey with a bird on his hand, but he did get three of them to land on him that day!
|Hiking at Silver Creek with Bug's stuffed kitty, Jake (Sep).
|Checking out a Praying Mantis at Monroe Falls (Oct).
|A kind stranger offered to take this pic of us at Cascade Valley (Oct).
|A favorite spot - the Overlook Deck at Cascade Valley.
|Deep Lock Quarry. This is one of the discarded millstones along the trail (Oct).
|Making friends with a worm at Deep Lock Quarry.
|Deep Lock Quarry
In September/October, we bird-sat for a friend. We learned all about Cockatiel handling and care and really enjoyed our little guest. We're considering getting a bird and it was a good dry run.
Musical/theatrical performances: We went to two outdoor Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Blossom Music Center (Aug/Sep), and we saw the play "Me and My Shadow" at Playhouse Square (Oct).
|Blossom Music Center
|Playhouse Square - Ohio Theater
In September, we went to the Wayne County Fair - an annual fall tradition.
Also in September, we had a fun trip to the Cleveland Zoo with my bestie and her daughter. Monkey was being very helpful and took charge of wrangling the smaller kids...
|Good morning, Elephant!
|On the zoo train.
|The boys LOVE climbing on this awesome bungee cord play structure.
|Watching the giraffes
|These two are so sweet together.
|We checked out the temporary dinosaur exhibit at the zoo... Bug was thrilled to meet this Brachiosaurus.
|And Monkey had to run for his life from the T. Rex!
|But unfortunately, the T. Rex caught him and ate him.
In October, we went to the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival. I hadn't been since I was a kid, but remembered it being great fun. The boys agreed!
|Mini steam train ride
|Steam powered sawmill
|Monkey trying his hand at building - the old fashioned way.
|There was SO much going on!
We also went to the Great Lakes Science Center for Homeschool Day (Oct). The NASA Glenn Visitor Center area was a definite favorite, as well as the polymer play area.
|Grandma went to Mars, too!
|Fun with the stretchy mirror...
Also in October, we took a tour of a local fire station with some of our homeschool co-op group.
For Halloween, we didn't manage to get to a pumpkin patch or carve pumpkins this year, but we did save up milk jugs (7) and made this guy (using this tutorial):
Trick or Treat!
|The day of trick-or-treat was cold, rainy and windy, but we went anyway. We were all soaked by the end, and Shane and I were grumbling... but Monkey exclaimed, "THAT. WAS. AWESOME!"
Finally, in November, Bug turned FOUR! I asked him who he wanted on his birthday cake, expecting him to respond with a super hero or video game character... his answer was, "Umm... DAD!" He continued to insist on having Dad on his cake so I took a photo of Shane to the bakery and made a custom request. Here is the fantastic and hilarious result:
|Super Dad. I'd say Giant Eagle knocked it outta the park.
|Bug was delighted with his "Dad cake".
|We played until Bug was completely worn out.
Whew! I know there are a few things I've left out but that pretty much covers it. One thing that's missing is our trip to Canada in August - that will have it's own dedicated post, coming up next...