"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Octoberfest in the Haus

Halloween being the kids' very favorite holiday (or tied with X-mas at least), we decided to throw a little party in it's honor. 23 kids later, our party was not so little anymore, but definitely merrier! We did some ring tossing...and gourd throwing...

The boys revisited their intense love of the Target dumptruck that plagued our Camp Out last month and fought over who was the rightful owner. Again.
There was jumping of course.We even had a pouty princess who forbid anyone to slide past her. I love pouty princesses.But best of all was PaPa's treasure hunt!
Over the stream & through the woods...Till the gargantuan bag of candy was discovered!Papa's map was right on.After the ruckus of divvying up the loot, Grandma practiced her storytelling to quite an attentive crowd.

And last, the guest of honor, little Miss Stella aka the midget genius.Happy Halloween Eve!

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