Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Recently we went to Mindport down town. They say it is an art gallery with a hands on exhibit area. I can only explain it as something similar to the Seattle Center with an art twist. Either way it was very cool! Here, Ian and ever are experimenting with fans and mist to make tornadoes. We played with sound, water, sight, heat . . . . For $2 each! I was happy everyone happy. Here, Isobel is watching the lights react to either the music provided or her voice. It's downtown on Holly if anyone is interested.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Basic Montessori Learning Activities for under fives by David Gettman
We are doing puppets too. It seemed an easy, fun, yet totally productive way to internalize language. We will be making sock and felt puppets then retelling (reading a book, making characters, retelling it in theater) and making up stories (such as Evies latest adventure to the dirt track or his lego/ rescue heroes adventures).
Playtime Rhymes by priscilla Lamont: Rhymes and body movements for the very young, but a great start!
101 finger plays, stories and songs to use with finger puppets by Diane Briggs: Multiple songs and rhymes to use with each set of puppets. Convenient and multipurpose.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
If your family is prone broken bones or stitches (you know who you are). . . this is your fair warning...
We started our schooling this morning experimenting with ramps made from our block box and some HotWheels (what ramp construction worked best, how far did it go, what surface works best, does style of car matter?). I am one for the practical side of learning. "How will I use this knowledge in real life?" Well Everett took it a step (LEAP) further and we ended up at the local skate and bike park. Amen and how cool that such an outlet exists here in our wonderful town!! We had an hour before dinner and a son pleading to go give it a try:
We are so proud of him. Not because he can do this, although cool, but because he is confident to try, determined to get back up (fell once), bold to play with the big boys, and cautious to know his limits. Way to go Evie!
The book shelf for some of my favorite books (library or owned).
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So today started with hot waffles, a walk with Tegan, Ken, Max and Jake (Ken is our neighbor friend, Max and Jake are Tegan's), a by-chance pick up of materials for our craft fair (teasing you I know. . . you have to come) and a road trip to Target to solve the problem of the money burning in Everett's pocket. Everett has been receiving an allowance lately. He has shown GREAT maturity in managing his money recently. Store after store Evie either could not afford or chose not to get something. He saved enough to buy this Lego set this week. Everett spent his school time assembling it . . . ALL BY HIMSELF! He flowed the directions, fine motored it perfect, and even took this picture.
We finished our school time by making brownies for daddy. Hope you guys had a great day at school.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The drive is beautiful heading East on Hwy 20. Ian loves it over here.and I use to find it to brown and dry. When we were dating we drove to Twisp and back . . . just because. I had no idea where we were going. I am still learning which highway goes which way and what cities are there. Anyway, I am glad we went back. The weather was great. Sunny but enjoyable.
We rented a cabin on the Methow River. I learned a couple things during this trip. 1. Ask who is the house keeper and if there have been any problems recently. 2. Check fishing status on river. It is not nice to tempt the men in your life all weekend with fish they can not catch on a closed waters river. The lighting is not great but I love the true personalities this picture captured.
Here is my side kick in the kitchen. She cracks me up . "I help", "Me do it", "Stir, sure?"
I've learned some things in cooking with a toddler. Emphasize stir slow. Fill the measuring cup up half way twice and let her pour it in. And always use a bigger bowl than needed.
Isobel's personal goal was to replenish the river with all the rocks that were not already in it! Everett tried ans succeeded in skipping a few and seeing how far he could throw them. We all like it when Ian throws a rock straight up and listening for the cool sound once it enters the water.
Here we are mailing my parents a postcard. They always send the kids one from their travels, so we thought we would do the same.
Of course our family found a book store. The kids and I headed directly to the kids section. We fell in love with two books we had to take home. Isobel and Evie are always ready for story time!
I humored Ian by going to Eastern Wa. He humored me by attending a "Rubber Ducky Race". 1500 duckies were part of a fund raiser. Each duck was $2 and assigned a number. The ducks were dumped over bridge 1 and collected at bridge 2. The first duck there won.
What a sight to see that many duckies floating. I so wanted a ducky. But that would be a direct contradiction to our Christian beliefs . . . and the lessons we teach our children. No stealing is no stealing. Even if there are 1499 others, ALL of them are not ours. So I took pictures! On our way out, Everett commented to someone, oh so honestly, that moma wanted a duck but it would not be ok to take one. Thanks kid. Rating me out to a perfect stranger. I had not done it so
why mention it! Anyway, as I was making dinner in the
kitchen of our cabin, in flew a pink ducky. Mixed emotions, but taking it as a token of love, I laughed. Now what? I have a pink ducky. that I can not display . . . until they are older.
This was a rare sight. No daytime naps, including car time, but out like a light at night. Pretty good for a girl who ONLY sleeps in HER bed! Plus she does not travel well either. And why should she. 99% of our life and friends exists within 2o minutes of our home.
Any parent knows this is a rare sight too. We finally find where the boys want to fish. I am all ready to read in the sun . . . and I fall asleep. Or at least closed my eyes and thought about what I read.
We got a chance to befriend a few horses.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This is Ian and I at dinner. The setting sun blasts through our front window. We had some fun making shadow puppets.
Friday, August 22, 2008
P.S. It is our 10 year wedding anniversary, more hard work and great fruit, but I must go care for the one politly asking to get up from her crib.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
What were our children doing? The girls slept for the most part. Everett and Ian (Slocum that is) played great and even did a little school with out us. We found them playing "sink or float" in the bathroom sink. Not a big problem. The problem came once the girls woke up. One of them came to us with "mommy . . . we sock". She had been adding and adding and adding water to the boys earlier game in the sink to the point that now the bathroom was being flooded. So my bathroom got cleaned too.
Thanks Carolynn!! It's off my list and it looks great.
Here is the meal line. Everyone washed up, grabbed a tray, and had the best camp food. I was one of a couple moms asking for recipes. Once done, and they wash their tray, they earn tickets for the snack shack.