Thursday brought a field trip to a local, well somewhat local, corn maze. The trip had been set up through an on-line homeschooling group but Gretchen and I didn't really know anyone in the group so we explored the farm together. We raced on bikes around a track, rode the see-saw together, took the hayride, got lost in the maze and enjoyed lunch on a beautiful but warm day.
We even visited the greenhouse where we learned about some different ways to do aquaponics growing and the really neat thing was the swimming pool that housed 2000 tilapia fish. The waste they create is used to provide nutrients for the plants. These are systems that they take around the world to orphanages to provide food. Gretchen had a great time feeding the fish and letting them nibble on her finger.
Friday night, we hosted a pumpkin carving party for the youth in our church. We had 8 other youth show up besides Hannah and Abigail so they spread out on our floor and started carving. After everyone finished, one was only partially done due to a little more complicated carving, we lined them up outside and then the adults judged the most creative, most unique and an overall winner. What a joy it was to have a houseful of teenagers! We hope to do some more get togethers.
The older girls were at a singles get together at our pastor's house carving their own pumpkins. Gretchen had been invited over to play with the pastor's children so she carved her pumpkin there too. I love the creativity of everyone.
Hopefully, some actual fall weather will show up here in Florida soon and then we can really have some fun!