Friday, April 6, 2018

Hobbies that Begin with "G" - Blogging from A to Z Challenge

During the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on hobbies that I have introduced to my daughters to through their childhood and teen years. Some were done as part of homeschooling, while others were areas that we explored because we were interested in the subject or activity. These are hobbies that anyone of any age could try as well.


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.

She also planted beans and onions.

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.

Glass Fusing

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.


Leanne said...

Your girls have had so many wonderful opportunities opened to them through the various hobbies you've let them undertake. I think a love of gardening is a great gift to have - and one I wish I'd been given!

Leanne |
G for Give More

Nilanjana Bose said...

Geocaching - that's my A-Z learning today! sounds great...also great that your family could have such a productive and creative time outdoors.

Rita said...

I am still not sure what geocaching is, but it looks like a good outdoors adventure. :)

Sue McPeak said...

So glad to see gardening as one of your girls activities. Both veggie and flower gardening are favorites of mine. Learning to nurture and care for self and mother earth. Wonderful 'G's all around...gymnastics, too.

Thanks for your comments through the first week of AtoZ. I'm enjoying your posts.
Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

DeeDee said...

Lovely pictures

Tongue Twister for G

Leanne said...

I work at a hospital and occasionally they have someone come in and play their harp in the foyer - it's a beautiful sound and so restful. I can understand why the old people would love it.

Leanne |
H for Hang on to your Dreams