Kiddin’ Around 10.18.14

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It has been a few weeks (months!) since I shared with all of you a Kiddin’ Around post. We’ve been having an awesome autumn so far, but I want to make sure that I take the time to write some things down so that we remember.

So, without any further delay, welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved each week as a way of sharing the fun but also to help me add these moments to our family memory bank.

Right now my kids are ages 3, 6, 8, and 12 or preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade.

Here’s how we’ve been kiddin’ around:

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A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start to show off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous! Even the rainy days have had a certain coziness to them, as the rain adds a happy drip-drip-drop rhythm to our days.

My middle two kids, ages 6 and 8, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and we’ve gotten started making Halloween decorations together.

Springtime is magical, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year and we have some favorite seasonal traditions.

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Come follow, follow us to … the Farmers Market

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I‘m so happy to introduce a new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

So, where have we been so far? First we went to Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last week we shared our adventures at Touch a Truck Day in Fishers, Indiana.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Fortville Farmers Market.

As my kids get older and a little more interested in how things grow, including their own bodies, and where the food we eat comes from, the farmers market is the perfect place for a little family adventure and some tasty treats, to boot!

As a parent, I love that the kids can see from weekly visits to the farmers market over the course of the season what different things grow and how the offerings change. It isn’t like the supermarket with bananas on the shelf year round. It’s a hands on way to teach what concepts like “seasonal” and “fresh” and “locally grown” mean.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan and headed out for some delicious adventures and to see what was available now.

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … the farmers market!

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