Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What we did last week

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Moira decorated this birthday present for her friend, "because she likes nature, Mom!"

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JW and I threw a mother blessing for our good friend Lauren. I had hoped to record the online portion of the blessing, but couldn't figure it out. She seemed to have fun anyway.

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I really want to hide the Goldie Blox sets, but Davis gets so much enjoyment out of them. He was very particular about where all the bits were supposed to go.

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We got our last Little Passports package. Moira is sad, and so we are discussing signing up for the US version.

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We went to homeschool park day with friends and the Dad played catch the snitch with them. Moira particularly liked this game.

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Moira went to her second Wildness Awareness class where they tracked animals and came home with plaster prints.

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Davis spent some time pretending to be a donut robot for awhile.

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While playing with a friend, Davis fell into a radiator and I had to take him to the ER, which is my first parental ER visit ever. At first he insisted that he was fine and didn't need to go, but he enjoyed the movies and popsicles and all sorts of stuff.

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We went to a birthday party at JW's and this time we remembered swimsuits. Yay!

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I love toddlers eating cake.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Colonial America Party!

We were originally planning this party as a picnic at a nearby park, but then the weather got uncertain, so we rescheduled it to be at a group member's home.

Learning to weave
She had been helping me plan it, including the fort tour we went on, and she found out that we could borrow a table top loom from the Seattle Weaving Guild. The kids really enjoyed trying out this skill, I think everyone took at least one turn.

Spinning
I brought a drop spindle and some roving, and the kids tried making their own yarn. A couple of them actually got pretty good at it, and we ended up using the whole piece. Moira has been begging to do this some more, but I need to research how to prepare the roving better first because this batch was hard to work with. We also brought along our little knitting doll and a crochet hook and I showed everyone how those are used, but that was less popular then the main attraction.

Hula hoops
There was a selection of games, similar to the ones we saw at the Fort, along with tops and a ring toss. For our potluck we had popcorn, apple cider, raspberries, baked beans, apple pie, and a couple of other things I forget. Mostly the kids had fun playing with all the things and didn't want to sit still for food until it was time to go.

Potholder loom
When we got home, I pulled out my old potholder loom and Moira spent the afternoon working on that. She loves it, but isn't willing to try taking them off herself.
I should mention that she really wanted me to make her an outfit for this one, and I had the fabric picked out, but there wasn't enough time. So she came up with something from her outfit and wore it to both this party and the Fort. I thought it was a pretty good choice given what she had to work with.




Colonial America Kids Books

If You Lived In Colonial Times
4 of 5 stars
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Homespun Sarah
5 of 5 stars
This was my 6 year old's favorite of the books we read about Colonial America. I love how it showed how much work goes into creating a new dress.
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Our Colonial Year
3 of 5 stars
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Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley
4 of 5 stars
I did a lot of searching to make sure that we were representing the stories of more then just the white Colonial view. This book was lovely, and it talks a little about slavery but not the more terrifying aspects of it. I especially like...
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George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides
4 of 5 stars
This was a lot longer and went into more detail then I expected, but it also held my 6 year olds attention completely. I like that it talks about the bad reasons the American Colonists had for separating along with the good, and the good...
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Our trip to Fort Nisqually

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Field trip to Fort Nisqually

What's this?
We took a trip to visit Fort Nisqually, which is the closest thing we have to a Colonial times museum out here in Washington. I did talk to Moira a little bit about the differences of life out here in the West during that time, and what was happening on the east coast. We ended up getting lost, and so we were an hour later then the rest of the group, but we caught up with them at the children's play area which is full of toys from the time period. There was a checkers set, a Jacob's ladder, puppets, hoops, and a couple of Games of Graces set. I'm probably forgetting stuff. There was seriously a lot to do in this area.

Playing hoops
Like jump rope! We tried really hard to help the kids figure out how to do this, but the rope was too long for a single small jumper and not long enough for a group thing. They had fun anyway.

Grinding coffee
Once the rest of our group started leaving, we headed off to see the other parts of the fort with the family that carpooled with us. The kids really liked this coffee grinder and we stayed in here for at least 15 minutes until fighting started to break out because the littles wanted to have turns.

The necessary
The kids were suitably impressed with the "necessary" and also a little aghast at the idea of having to walk that far from a house just to use the restroom in the middle of the night. They also wanted to know where people washed their hands.

Smithy
We tried to see the blacksmith working, but he was busy explaining something to some older kids and ours didn't want to hang around.

Storehouse
Our friends have a farm, so the storehouse was a big hit, because Jahleel could find lots of things in there he recognized from home. Like the giant pile of wool.

Haggling
They also really enjoyed the trading post. This volunteer was really on game and spent awhile trying to convince us to trade for some longer skirts, since we'd obviously outgrown all our clothes and Kimberly was reduced to wearing her husband's pants. The kids got to touch some combs and spoons made out of horn, along with toothbrushes and a bunch of other things.

Running
Then we climbed to the top of the lookout tower and the kids chased each other in circles for a few minutes before we stuffed them into the car for the long drive home.

Our Colonial America party.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Week 38

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Pictures first, safety second. Although I should point out that they've got this down and no one has ever even had their hair bounced on doing this.

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I got a private carousel ride! Because apparently free carousel rides for adults are like empty dance floors, no one wants to be first. Except me!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

What we did last week

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The kids like to print things off the internet with my Mom. Moira made this crown for her kitty cat.

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I need to start building time into our morning schedule to play games with Davis, because he wants to every day, and will cry if we try and go somewhere before we get the chance. I only managed to convince him to leave for a play date by promising we could take one to play when we got there.

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Moira made a place card for her seat at dinner in her fancy writing. I love her fancy writing.

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She insisted that she needed to stretch before getting out of the car because we'd been in there for so long. Like, a whole 20 minutes.

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The kids went to the SHG Not Back to School park day and stayed there with friends while I went to lunch with a friend. They love to sit here and have a campfire.

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We went to the member evening at the Zoo, but it was poorly managed and all the lines were really long. Davis wanted to do all the bouncy houses and the carousel, but Moira had her heart set on face painting, and that line barely moved, so we had to leave early in tears.

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I started cutting out patterns for their Halloween costumes, and Davis wanted to help. He did manage to stay very close to this line which was not actually attached to a piece we needed since I wasn't sure if he would have the control to do it.

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Part of our new yard will be a bigger patio, so Davis got to watch the concrete mixer for a little bit. He loves trucks right now.

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We picked up this volcano which dissolved to reveal a sponge dinosaur for one of the days when Moira was off doing something fun without Davis. He seems to be getting a little happier about having solo time with me.

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We needed to clean up the living room and Moira decided that she really needed to be able to show her space ship to her friends on the weekend, so she made this sign. It got turned into weaponry after the friends saw it.

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Walker and went to another member event at the zoo for our date night. We got to go on a behind the scenes tour of the Day House and, among other things, hold this baby Egyptian Tortoise. It was super cute.

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We went to another Fiddlehead Forest class where I discovered that Davis can count an object, and then correctly locate the number symbol associated with that, at least for 2 and 3. I'm impressed.

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He also did really good at this matching game.

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Moira practiced her camouflage technique.

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The babysitter taught the kids to play Charades. It was hilarious to listen to.

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We signed up for an Animal Encounters class and I sold it to Davis with promises that he could hold animals, like bunnies or kitties. He insisted that kitties are not animals, but horses are, and he'd be willing to hold on of those. He ended up getting a guinea pig first and he was very unimpressed.

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Eventually someone with a bunny wanted to trade and he was thrilled. He held it for the rest of the class, about a half an hour.

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Moira was more willing to be flexible and held multiple bunnies, guinea pigs, and a chinchilla.

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We bought some toys off one of our homeschool friends, some trucks and a golf set. Davis is really enjoying this car carrier, and it turns out it's good for carrying lots of things, like pamphlets, and snacks.

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We celebrated my sister's birthday on Friday.

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It was finally our turn for the Frozen DVD from the library. The kids watched it right away, and then Moira set up a Frozen convention in the living room, complete with a conversation area, a place to sell things, and dancing. We also listened to the soundtrack on almost constant repeat for a few days.

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My fabulous roommate who just moved away to college also had a birthday party at my house this week. I offered to make Bibimbap, so we went to Uwajimaya for supplies and found this not at all creepy meat display.