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It felt great to sit comfortably outside this afternoon and watch the boys practice archery.  We have come full circle with this activity.  Last year at Maple Syrup Festival, in Southern Indiana, we got a good taste of the traditional long bow.  I bought a beautiful 50 pound long bow from a super nice guy, whom I met at the Festival.  Within a short amount of time we had bows for the boys as well.  Although both boys started out with kiddy-safe bows, meaning they had foam ends.  Now they are both using regular arrows, without broadheads ofcourse.  We are not hunting, just target practice.   We were able to participate in a shoot last Spring, in Southern Indiana, at a Sportsman’s Club.  We all walked around a large lake and shot at targets.  Deers, elks, aligators, bears and all kinds of unique targets.  It was very good exercise and a lot of fun.  An adventure!

The family decided to get some practice in today, because we are heading out to Maple Syrup Festival next weekend!  They will have an archery shoot, cross-cut sawing, hachet throwing and a nature scavenger hunt.  We are SOOO excited.  There will also be demonstations of maple syrup processing in a native american way, pioneering way and modern way.  And in the end we will pick up our maple syrup for the year.  We have been out for a while, and have missed our waffles and pancakes.  What we bought last year only lasted 6 months.  This time we know how much to get.  We will also get to dip candles in the kids activity house, where they have several things for the kids to do.  I also wanted to note how baby-friendly these people are.  They had a baby changing station, in a small building, with a curtain.  I thought that was VERY thoughtful.  Here is a link to the festival site.  I know for homeschoolers they offer unit studies on maple syrup information, coloring pages and a list of books to read.

In the slideshow, River was showing off his Kung-Fu skills.  Yaaa!  Also I wanted to mention we were out of straw bales as targets, so dad set up some boogie board targets, the skull and cross bones, the dragon and the fire target.  This made for an interesting shoot.  Thanks for your ingenuity Dad!




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