Wednesday, December 25, 2013

WW: Merry Christmas!

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday. Please enjoy some pictures of Children next to Christmas trees.


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(No tree picture taken in 2009)


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mamatography week 49

11/23. Simplicity
11/23. Simplicity
My Dad needed a head shot for his ski school pass.

11/24
Play with this Freddy!
Not only did I forget to take a picture on this day, I also totally stopped caring about the photo prompts I've been using. I haven't even looked at that calendar for the last two weeks. Since I have no photo from this day, enjoy this bonus photo from Thanksgiving of the kids playing with Walker's cousin's new puppy.

11/25
11/25
I was trying to get laundry finished and put away so I could pack for our trip the next. I tried multiple times to get the kids set up with activities, but they just kept fighting instead.

11/26
11/26
Moira was very proud of her solution for how to carry this Barbie in the airport. It was a very secure seat too, I don't think she fell out once.

11/27
11/27
The day before Thanksgiving (or, as Moira kept referring to it, Thanksgiving Eve) we met up with Walker's Mom and went for a bike ride along the Santa Monica pier, where I saw two people having sex right next to the bike path.

11/28
11/28
The traditional activity at Walker's family for Thanksgiving is to play video games. Walker and his cousin played Mario Kart, the kids had fun on the tablets, and all the adults played a cooperative game where each of us was a member of a starship crew.

11/29
11/29
Another vacation, another science museum. Both kids really enjoyed the area that had a bunch of sound mixers set up, and various musical instruments.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tulalip Celebration

For our third cultural celebration, Jennifer and I planned a lesson about the Tulalip Tribes. She and I have been talking a lot about how to teach kids about native nations in a culturally sensitive way. Her excellent thoughts and suggestions are here.
Canoe
At the beginning of month, we went to Hilbub Cultural Center in Tulalip, which had come highly recommended. I have to say, it is beautiful and the kids really liked the exhibits. I just wish we had come when the rotating exhibit was open.
Watching the dancing
The kid's favorite part was the model longhouse. We spent half our time in there.
Lushootseet words
Not surprisingly, there is a lot less information available for this then there was for, you know, Mexico. We did find lots of other cool things, like this awesome website that has all sorts of resources for learning the language. Moira thought it was really cool, and we made labels for all sorts of things in the house.
Before
The star of the lunch was the gluten/dairy/seed/nut free fry bread made by Jillyn. She had tested it the night before, and was disappointed that the batch she made at my house wasn't as brown, but it was super delicious, so no one cared. We tried storing them in a cooler, which I had seen recommended on some recipes and that, kept it nice and warm for the whole 3 hours.
Soap canoes
We had a number of activities. The soap canoes were the most universally appealing. It was a lot harder than I had expected, but the kids were committed to it and almost everyone left with a boat big enough for one of Moira's Poly Pockets to ride in.
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Jennifer brought the drum, blanket, and photos from her wedding. She explained the meaning behind the different parts of the ceremony, and let all the kids play the drum after showing us how to warm it up.
Weaving
She also brought the supplies for paper weaving. Most kids did one, and then Moira wove all the leftovers. The kids who made it to Hilbub talked about the similarities between what they were doing and the examples they had on display at the museum.
A longhouse!
The last activity was supposed to be a collage, but I ended up not explaining my plan very much and the children just took the materials and ran in different directions. This was my favorite finished product, a very accurate version of a long house. I was very sad when it went home with it's owner.

Books! Click the title to see the whole list.



Tulalip Kids Books

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
5 of 5 stars
This was Moira's favorite book, of the ones we found. After reading this one, she wanted to search out other Raven stories. We also did some play where she was trying to steal the sun.
Sharing Our World
5 of 5 stars
I loved this whole series of books, but since they were board books, I couldn't put holds on them at the library. We happened to find this one. Davis really liked it, and it was interesting to see the modern versions of some of the anima...
Northwest Coast Native Animals
5 of 5 stars
I loved the art in this so much, I bought the coloring book version, even though neither of my kids is in to coloring books right now.
Frog Girl
5 of 5 stars
I love this story, and the art is beautiful. Moira loved figuring out who the underwater people were, and finding all the hidden symbols in their land.
Storm Boy
5 of 5 stars
This is very similar to Frog Girl, and we liked it. It's a little more action packed and looming though, so Frog Girl was better for Moira.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This guy

Davis' latest work
Is 2 years old!
Davis at 2 loves animals, dinosaurs, candy, rice, noodles, puzzles, airplanes, books, and games.
He has already perfected the art of terrorizing his sister with loud shrieks, maniacal laughter, and stomping on her buildings shouting "ruin!"
He is still a super snuggly guy and always quick to repair whatever hurt feelings he's caused with kisses and hugs. He loves a good routine and at bedtime he wants to make sure that everyone is tucked in before he goes to sleep, from his lovie, Boo, to Pearl who is usually no where near ready for bed.
He has already started to tell jokes, from potty humor to knock knock jokes.
His favorite color is orange, followed closely by pink.
Poke!
I haven't had a chance to get any recent photos uploaded. I've barely done anything for his birthday, and I feel a little guilty about that. But he doesn't care. He's been telling me for over a month that he wants cake for dinner, so that's what he gets (along with a favorite noodle dish). We have presents and a surprise balloon. Most of his favorite people will be here.

Happy birthday little guy!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mamatography week 48

11/16. Hair
11/16. Hair
I dyed my hair teal, but I didn't bleach it first so it was very subtle and hard to get a picture of it.

11/17. 5'O'Clock
11/17. 5'O'Clock
Davis is very in to playing games right now, and sometimes it's the first thing he says to Walker when he gets home from work.

11/18. Mirror
11/18. Mirror
I forgot to take a picture all day, so I took this on my way up to bed.

11/19. Where You Ate Breakfast
11/19. Where You Ate Breakfast
Obviously, I didn't eat breakfast in this closet, but I really wanted to share this picture of the newly embiggined shelves and the more organized canning stuff.

11/20. Communication
11/20. Communication
There was some serious negotiation going on for the right to ride that trike.

11/21. I Wish I Had
11/21. I Wish I Had This
I took Moira and her friend to the Moonpaper Tent Tea Time. I was super jealous of this cabinet full of glitter and found objects.

11/22. Behind
11/22. Behind
We learned about the Tulalip Tribes, and Jennifer brought the things from her wedding ceremony, including this blanket which she and her husband were wrapped in.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.