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Snow Tubing January 22, 2013

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:08 pm

Moonshine MountainOver the weekend, our family went snow tubing at Moonshine Mountain in North Carolina.  Since MM is open Friday through Sunday, my plan was to tube Friday and avoid the crowds.  Ha!  We showed up Friday set to tube (is that a verb?), and we were disappointed to find out they were closed!  The rain they had had the day before melted their snow, so they needed Friday night to make more.  So we returned Saturday morning for another go at it!  Brothers

By the time we parked, filled out our liability form, and stood in line, they had sold out of tubes, so we had a 45 minute wait.  That time was quickly passed with a tour through their small dinosaur park, a restroom break, and watching the snow tubers descend the massive hill.  When they called our name, the kids were so excited!  We got our tubes and dragged them up the hill on our own.  There was also a lift, but the line was long, so we thought we’d save time.  And I think we did save time, but the wait at the top was long, as only two of the three lanes were open (and not to mention that everyone in the surrounding three states was there!  Only kidding, but that’s what it seemed like!).  IMG_7226

All five of us went down together our first time in train-like fashion.  It was fast and fun and we laughed a lot!  On our second trip up the mountain, we took the lift!  We handed our tube’s leash to a worker who attached it to a pulley system, we sat in our tube and relaxed for the ride up the mountain.  We were only able to tube about six times due to our two hour time limit, but it gave the kids a great taste of winter fun.  I told my kids that when I was little and lived in Connecticut, my sister and I and our friends would go to the nearest hill in our neighborhood and spend all day sledding and sliding down what we called the Big Dipper.  And it was free! IMG_7233

It was a beautiful day for tubing, with blue skies and warm sunshine.  Luke was finally able to wear the pair of ski bibs I had bought for him on sale two years ago!  It will also probably be the last time he wears them!  It was a fun time, but I think if we go again, it will not be over a holiday weekend!  And I will call before we show up to make sure they are open!


Sometimes a Date Does the Trick

Filed under: Homeschooling — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:34 pm

My afternoon class had ended and while I was driving home, the Lord clearly laid an idea on my heart that came out of nowhere.  I knew I had to do it, even though I had not planned this into my day.  Sometimes “interruptions” are God’s plan for us!

I called my children, and the one I needed answered.  “Hello,” Logan said into my ear.  “Logan, it’s Mom.  Get your math book, your work sheets, a sharpened pencil, and the teacher’s book and meet me at the door when I drive up.  I am taking you on a date!”  Of course, his first question was, “Where?”  When I responded with, “It’s a surprise,”  I could almost see a big grin burst across his face in delight at the thought of getting Mom all to himself for a little while.

After a couple of errands (well, I had to check something off on my list!), we drove into the parking lot of Starbucks.  Our favorite Starbucks is near our library, so at first, Logan thought our destination was there, but he was thrilled to see me park at Starbucks.  I ordered a hot chocolate and a big chocolate chunk cookie for him and a skinny spicy vanilla latte for me.  It was a good day for a warm drink because it was a bone-cold, rainy day.  Everyone else thought it was a good day for a warm drink, too, because Starbucks was busy!  We got the last available table!

Logan had gotten behind on his math lessons for the week, and I had not had time to sit alone with him and just focus on helping him.  So, we opened up his book and worked through parts of three different lessons and two worksheets.  In the middle of this, two older gentlemen joined us at our table for four.  One asked if they could use the chairs, so they pulled them away from the table and carried on a conversation in their own world.  Meanwhile, we continued our work, and Logan was a star!

I think a change of scenery and getting him away from the distractions of his brother did wonders for this boy!  As we walked to the car, Logan said, “Thank you for bringing me here.  It was fun!”  I agreed, it was a fun way to get math done.  Sometimes a date does the trick!