These are some of the hobbies that the girls have been introduced to during their childhood and teen years: gardening, geocaching, glass fusing, and gymnastics.
One of the hobbies that the girls began when they were very young was gardening. At 5 years old, Olivia was picking and trimming rhubarb.
June 1, 2008
The girls enjoyed gardening - especially when they could harvest vegetables, fruit, and herbs that they had planted in the Spring.
August 7, 2010
Harvesting a tray-full of produce meant that we would be having flavorful meals and snacks. A favorite was homemade pizza with sliced tomatoes and fresh herbs.
August 7, 2010
One year we planted potatoes. We had to haul multiple wheelbarrows full of grass (to block weeds from growing on pathways) and compost. Sophia hauled Olivia in the wheelbarrow. Olivia would bury herself under the warm grass. Montague was our helper.
May 16, 2011
On May 19, 2011 we planted the garden. Part of gardening required pruning trees to create more sunlight. Olivia used a saw to cut off branches from some of the trees.
Sophia worked with transplanting peas.
The 4-H club we were involved with at the time, the Panola Rockets, did a club project each year for the county fair. We planted two planters with various annuals.
May 21, 2012
The planters always did well at the county fair, earning blue ribbons.
On May 26, 2012, Sophia, Olivia, and I went geocaching at Interstate State Park. We learned how to use GPS units to help us find the caches.
It was raining so our first experience was not exactly as pleasant as we had hoped. Later on, there was lightening and thunder. It was at that point that we decided that it was time to geocaching another time.
About a year later, on April 27, 2013, we went geocaching at William O'Brien State Park. It was a beautiful, sunny day.
We went out with others who were learning how to do geocaching.
We found different caches throughout the park.
It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Olivia learned how to do glass fusing in 2016 - when she was 13 years old. She made a nightlight that was angled and affixed to a wooden base.
There's a wolf howling while looking up at the sky with clouds.
Both the girls did gymnastics when they were in pre-school. For some reason, we stopped doing gymnastics lessons.
In March 2017, Olivia asked to start doing gymnastics again. She picked it up immediately and has enjoyed her lessons since then.
She does a variety of activities at lessons.
She practices old skills and learns new ones.
It has been fun seeing how she has been developing her skills during the past year.
Gymnastics looks like a hobby and sport that Olivia will continue throughout high school.