Friday, June 3, 2016

Spotting Andrew

If you need me over the next 4 days I will likely be at the computer watching ("Spotting") Andrew via his SPOT GPS tracking device. I know what your thinking and it is probably one of two things. First, what are you talking about? or Sounds a little bit much right? Probably but whatever lets you sleep at night (and in this case me) works. 

For those who asked the first question here are the details:

Andrew is off for the next 4 days doing a mountaineering course. I know he will be doing dangerous things which require too much safety equipment and and ice axes up on a glacier. Truth is he will probably die. I am now creating his funeral program for next Thursday. Joking aside it make me nervous because their there is no cell service and there is no way for me to know that there is a problem until after he hasn't returned home. Andrew and his parents love me very much. They are very patient and kind with my nervous tendencies and for his birthday one year they got him a SPOT and I love it.

It lets me track him online and he can send my 1 of 3 pre-programmed messages. One is a generic I'm having a great time and I miss you and the kids.  The second is I am running behind schedule but I am fine.  The third basically says I am in big trouble and I have sent for rescue.  Thankfully, I have never received that message.

Here is what I see:

This what the screen looks like that sends me his auto-pinged location.

Then when he checks in it sends me the message  and his location at the time of the check-in.

It's kinda fun and it's super helpful especially when he is off hiking and camping by himself.  

Hannah and Nathanael

As I look through photos and watch the kids play, I've begun noticing that certain sibling pair up.  Yes they all love each other but they also tend to pair off for different things.  I remember distinctly the pairing off with my own siblings.  It's one of the reasons that the loss from 4 to 3 is so difficult. This is my own thoughts my sisters might not agree.  Anyway, I love watching the pairs and seeing what it is that goes on.  Recently (over the last couple of months), Hannah and Nathanael have popped up together in a bunch of pictures.

He does everything she does including brushing his teeth and getting his jammies on.

Snuggling together when sick.

She is always talking Nathanael into doing something goofy.

She takes very good care of him.  Thankfully he will let her do almost anything that needs to be done, like taking off muddy pants before coming in.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Favorite School Pictures from May

Ethan has decided that he LOVES reading like Hannah.  They will often sit side by side reading together.  Each with their own book and reading aloud. 

Wednesday Morning Art with Ben.  This was one of their favorite art activities for the last little while.  When we are in the car driving they point out every time they see Lupines on the side of the road. 

Hannah at the share fair at school.  Think science fair but not limited to science.

Ethan at the share fair.  The both did projects about space.  Originally it was just Hannah but then Ethan also wanted to do space.  Win for me.

Moses and Hannah. Moses did a diorama about "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".  It was fantastic but you can barely see it behind his head in this picture.

I love how Hannah and Ben are leaned into each other.

Drawing bean plants.  The sprouted beans and then drew about how it looked.

Oceans and continent puzzles.  Doing puzzles with Nathanael is not fun.  So I can appreciate the level of patience seen in this picture.

Working in their math books.  They like math but they don't always enjoying practicing in their books.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Box Day!!

Box Day
Sonlight Core B: Curriculum for 2016-2017

The day before last was a happy day in our house.  The man in the black van dropped off a very heavy box of books.  We love books in our house, the kids even play "Library" during rest time.  So while Nathanael and Ellyana were still napping we opened our box of books and dug in.

I don't even know who was more excited the kids or me.  Here are some of our Box Day pictures:

Hannah, Ethan and I have been using Sonlight for 3 years (we've done p3/4, p4/5, and core A).  We used P3/4 and P4/5 which basically stands for Preschool Age 3-4 program and Preschool 4-5 program for preschool.  We used core A which is designed for 5-7 year olds this year and we have 2 weeks left.  This coming year we will be doing Sonlight Core B: Intro to World History Part 1.  Hannah both want to learn more about Ancient Egypt so I think it will be perfect.  For science we are doing Science B: Animals, Astronomy, and Physics.

Here it is in list form:

Sonlight Grade 2 and Grade 3 Reader sets.
Jump Math 2.2 and 3.1

 We will be doing our electives in a Charlotte Mason-y way for Art, Music, Nature Study, and things of that nature.

This weekend I will be happily putting my binder together in preparation. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday

Happy Birthday to my incredible nephew Ben, a sweet boy who makes Auntie smile.  You are such your own person and have been from day one.  It never ceases to amaze me what you see that others miss.  You play so well with Hannah and Ethan.  You are patient older cousin to Nathanael and gentle with Elly.

Wednesday morning art.

At the beach for a dinner picnic.

Playing with balloons at Hannah`s birthday.

Reading with Hannah.

Making rainbows at the Surrey Nature Centre.

Playing in the sandbox at Papa`s house.


End of a weary day! Maybe too much partying.

Happy 4th Birthday Ben.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bird Sanctuary in the Spring

This past school year we have done a series of field trips to the Bird Sanctuary.  We did 3 in the fall and then another 3 this spring.  Tomorrow will be out last of the six trips and it has been awesome to learn so much about the local birds of our area.  Each time we have been guided around by a biologist who has pointed and explained things we would never have know or noticed.  Here are the pictures from last month:

Hannah and Ethan watching a biologist (not our guide) perform measurements on a live hummingbird.

They are so tiny.  I'm still amazed that someone was even able to catch a hummingbird.  She did a bunch a measurements while we watched and then she released it back.

Cowbirds and Red Winged Blackbirds.

Nathanael feeling the ducks.  Seriously, he would burn through pounds of bird seed in a sitting.

Ethan is a little more selective in the ducks he chooses to feed.

House Sparrows. cute...

A nesting Sandhill Crane (the female).

The male Sandhill Crane stands apart from the nest to be on alert.

A blue Heron.

Another Red Winged black bird up close and personal.  They have such a pretty song.

Baby girl sleeping.

Hannah looking at the Cranes.

Once he ran out of seed he is a bit of a lightening bolt, streaking from place to place.

Three of my loves.

Monday, May 16, 2016


They seem to be drawn to it, and it to them.  They love mud, dirt, sticks, rocks, grass and leaves and anything else they get their hands on.  I don't like the mess, laundry or the dirty hand prints on my windows and walls.  I know it's good for them and worth it and so they play with mud. Bonus for me is that I end up with some cute pictures.

Mud cookies.  I remember making mud cookies.

Wild boy.

Harvesting more dirt.

I love this picture.  I may have it enlarged real big for my living room wall. Nathanael looks like he just might be going into battle.

Boy with a broom.


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