We kicked off December with a day of farm chores. The boys covered the garlic while Emily and me made apple sauce, dehydrated apples, and froze squash.
|Hauling straw bales...the fun way! :)|
|Spreading the straw.|
|making apple sauce|
|Squash ready to freeze|
We spent one afternoon at the Forest City Stockade. It is always fun to walk around and look at all the buildings and see what is being made. Jonny and Ben enjoyed taking turns driving the team on our horse-drawn wagon ride. Below are a few pictures from our day.
|Nice fur hat, Ben!|
|In the chapel, Jonny took a turn on the mandolin|
|Emily played some Christmas carols on the pump organ.|
With much excitement, we spent a day watching YouTube videos on how to build a log cabin. The pictures below show how far they got before the big snowstorm hit. :)
|Clearing a spot for the cabin|
|Chopping down the first tree|
|...the second tree, with a saw|
|four logs for the base|
|fitting the logs|
Mike and the children planned a little Christmas program for the residents of Dassel Lakeside. They played the piano, mandolin, and harmonica. We snacked on cookies and had fun singing Christmas songs together.
|Christmas program at Dassel Lakeside|
December 19th was an exciting day - Mike was sworn in as a county commissioner! His parents joined us for the special occasion. We were all so proud of him! :)
|Me and Mike's parents|
|Getting sworn in by the judge|
|The four other commissioner that Mike will serve with.|
|Celebrating the day over dinner with the commissioners|