Father Simon loves the outdoors so much that he has made it his life’s work. He is the local naturalist and park ranger. His job is to make sure that the land and parks around Crabapple Crossings are protected. Throughout the year, he helps keep track of the ecosystems and makes sure the parks are clean and well taken care of. Even some of his favorite hobbies take place outdoors. He especially enjoys birdwatching, mushroom foraging, and camping with his family. He also loves visiting the local school to teach the children about nature and conservation.
Mother Sylvia is known for her sweet tooth – she owns the local candy shop, Sylvia’s Sweets. She spends many hours in the kitchen concocting (and, of course, tasting) her artisan chocolates. Nothing makes her happier than seeing the villagers enjoy her tasty homemade treats. In her off time, she enjoys acting in community theater, doing outdoor activities with her husband, and reading.
Son Samuel loves to compete. Anything can become a race to him – who can swing the highest, who can hold their breath the longest, even who can get ready for school the fastest. He also studies hard in school because he wants to be the best in his class. His competitive spirit is also an asset for the local softball team – he can play any position with ease and is very good at getting his teammates motivated to win. Other than sports, his favorite hobbies are playing with his friends, going on adventures with his dad, and climbing trees.
Daughter Sally does not have the competitive spirit of her brother. She much prefers quiet activities with her friends. She is an average student, but really shines in the arts – she especially loves to paint. When she goes camping with her family, she always brings her painting equipment. She is very skilled at capturing the beauty of nature in her art. When not spending time with friends or painting, she enjoys helping her mother in the candy shop, learning about great artists of the past, and knitting.