Sunday, November 23, 2014


We were able to go with some friends a couple days ago to a fantastic little town near us, to learn all about the gold rush and part of our church history and lots more.  We were able to see and do so many neat things.  There was an amazing nature center, a blacksmith shop, some old Native American ruins, tepees, an original Mormon pioneer cabin, a museum, and Sutter's Mill where gold was first discovered.  The kids got to pan for gold which they loved.  We also got to spend some time playing at the river which was awesome.  It was so fun to spend time with friends, and especially my sweet kiddos.  I absolutely LOVE home education and am incredibly grateful I found and have this opportunity to teach my children all day long on a daily basis.  (By the way, I intend to do several posts on home education - including why we've chosen it, and why I'm calling it home education instead of homeschooling, but those will come later.)  I didn't bring my camera on our last homeschool field trip and I regretted it, so armed with my new camera, new lens and awesome new camera bag which I adore!!, off we went and I was also able to have some fun taking pictures while we were at it.  AND I was able to get part of the kids' Christmas presents, (some field guides for their 'adventure bags' I'm putting together), so that was great too!  Such a great day.  Warning: picture overload.  Enjoy.  :)
Our first stop was the awesome nature center... so many cool things to see and do!  We could have spent a whole day just there!  Luckily, with home education we an do that sometime!  :)

We got to see how they heated metal and banged it to shape it, blew air on it to make the fire hot, and hear about how they would re-use metal to make new things.  So cool.

Then it was on to gold panning.  The kids were so excited for this and had so much fun!  It was so neat because they didn't just let them have at it, first they taught about gold and gold panning, and taught them techniques.  Then she came around and helped each child.  Such a neat experience.  They each got to keep a little vial of what they collected.

LOVE this sweet boys joy of life.  I love the sparkle in his eye.  He was giving me a handful of beautiful leaves he'd collected... this kid LOVES leaves... he has since he was a baby.  It's soo sweet.

I just loved Hyrum's little wave in this one.... he is such an adorable baby.

Yes, that's monkey McKay on the right there (in the tree).  :)

Aaron and more leaves.  :)

This sweet friend of ours pushed Hyrum around in the stroller and walked with him throughout the day... it was such a sweet moment when he give her this sweet hug.  I was so glad I had my camera out! 

This was very cool - It's a huge rock (notice the picnic bench below for some perspective on how high it is) that was used by Native American tribes for hundreds or thousands of years as a gathering place for processing acorns... you can see all those holes in the rock - those were used for grinding acorns into flour... they're all perfectly smooth inside from years and years of being ground in.  Isn't that cool??

Found a cool cave!

So cute... his hand was all dirty and he wrinkles up his nose and tries to wipe it off and makes that 'kkkk' sound kids make when something's yucky.  (I miss our back door going straight out to dirt.  :( )

Isn't this the cutest?

I love his expression in this one. 
And this one.

He had so much fun throwing rocks into the river.

McKay traded a friend for this awesome sharp rock she found and used it to strip the bark off a stick... love this adventurous boy of mine.

#heartbreaker  :)

I just ADORE his little pouty lips in this one.... oh I could just eat him up!

I love love love these precious huggy pictures... This baby just adores me and it is the best feeling in the world.  He gives me big huge squeezes like this all the time and it just makes me feel like the luckiest mom in the world.

I love Hyrum's smile at me in this one...

We got to see this neat old jail.  I love that the kids can experience this kind of stuff.  Can you see Haylee's sad face because she's locked in jail?  ;)

Right as we were about to leave we came out to these deer wondering around on the grounds.  Cute Haylee decided to follow them.  :)

Such a great, great day.  We're so blessed!  Life is beautiful.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Rainee Sellers said...

How adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing Crystal!

Crystal Dever said...

Thanks Rainee. :) Thanks for reading!