Hearts Knit Together #23: Autumn Leaves Craft for Children and Hiking to the Living Room

Hearts Knit Together was born out of my struggle to balance my desire to create with my busy life as a working mother of four. I am challenging myself to do something creative WITH my children each week and to share that adventure with you on Mondays. I invite you to share your creativity with your children so that we might inspire each other with ideas to help "knit our hearts together." 

If you want to join me, write a blog post about something creative you did with kids and share your link in the comments. No rules really, only that your link is current and something about creating with children. They don't even have to be your own kids. Please remember to link back to The Gauge Wars so that others who may want to join can find it. Pretty simple. Your post can be from any day of the week. It doesn't have to be Monday. Thank you for participating! 

I am pretty convinced that there is nothing more exciting for little boys than using a glue gun. Seriously. They were ecstatic that I was actually letting them hold the gun (with supervision). No one got burned so it was a success. This may have been their favorite craft project between the use of the glue gun and the bike ride around the neighborhood picking up the colorful leaves. It has been a beautiful Autumn season in Utah this year. Such a variety of beautiful colors. We have spent a lot of time in the mountains enjoying them.

The photos below are from our hike to the Living Room above the University of Utah. We went a few weeks ago during our staycation for UEA weekend (Utah Educators Association or something like that-- there is a convention downtown but mostly it gives people 3 days off school at the start of deer hunting season. Convenient...). Anyway we attempted to find the trail to the Living Room on Friday but after several hours of hiking in the foothills we had completely missed the trail head. We noticed it on our way back. So I brought the children the next day when Joel was working. It was a bit of a challenge for the children as the trail is pretty vertical and their little legs got tired (remember they hiked 4 hours the day before :). They almost voted to turn around and come back another day but decided to press on, which was good because the Living Room was just around the next bend. They had a good time sitting in the furniture made of rocks looking down on the Salt Lake Valley.

On a funny note. Adelle got a lesson in staring from a couple sitting on the "couch" next to us. She apparently had been staring at the gay couple when one of the guys said, "why don't you introduce yourself instead of staring at us?" She did, a little embarrassed. I had a good laugh with the guys. I was so thankful they said something because it is a lesson I have been trying to teach her. Staring is rude. I think this time it sunk deeper than the other times. :)
Happy Monday!

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