Friday, June 24, 2011

this moment - sharing the cat scratcher

{this moment}
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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Austyn's Song

Suck It Up!
By Austyn, June 22, 2011

Su, su, suck it up! Su, su, suck it up!
Suck it up, kid. You can’t play hockey that way.

Su, su, suck it up! Su, su, suck it up!
Come on! You can’t be captain today!

Su, su, suck it up! Su, su, suck it up!
Come on! You’re giving everybody a bad day!

Su, su, suck it up! SUCK IT UP!

(by the way... nobody said this to Austyn, but one of the parents said it to his son)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Glad We Moved

It's nice to be in a better area. Cul-de-sacs are nice for riding bikes. What a nice change from a busy area of apartments to a house.

Zoe's Dance Recital

 Her class are meeting to be taken back stage.

 Zoe is so excited!

 Austyn had dressed up for the occasion.

 Here is the first dance of the preschool section. Zoe is on the right at the back.

 She knows just what to do and seems to find the experience interesting.

Not all of the little ones in her class stayed for the finale but she did. She wanted to and the whole time she was back stage without us. She loved it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

While Her Brother Plays

 While Austyn plays lacrosse Zoe does many things. She sometimes plays with toys that she brought, colours, plays with friends or plays on the iPad. Here she is trying to do some acrobatics on the bar.

 Here is another move. I think the baby wants to join in.

Here is her friend. They are working together on an educational iPad game.

Here she is dancing. I think she can't wait to dance on stage.

Book Sharing Monday - Hey, Little Ant

Hey, Little Ant by Philli and Hanah Hoose is a sweet story that was promoted by Reading Rainbow. I can understand why. It is such a cool story!

Have you ever walked along a path and wondered who you were stepping on? This boy noticed an ant on the sidewalk and the two of them started up a conversation.

The ant pleads with the boy to understand his importance to his colony and the boy talks to the ant about how small he is and how the boy could just squash him.

Read the book to find out the end and gain a new respect for the small creatures we usually don't even notice in our world.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Last Junior Rangers

 We got a pleasant surprise this time in the trees. There were wild roses everywhere. I guess Alberta is famous for these roses. It is the official flower of Alberta. 

 The children got to use digital cameras to find the colours given to them on little mickey mouse swatches. They were allowed to take pictures of anything they saw. There were many pictures taken of Zoe's pants.

 Austyn worked closely with his friend. 

 This bee must have been dying. It didn't move and allowed us to get close for pictures.

 The kids were to colour pictures and draw pictures with textures. Austyn used a tree to get a bark rub.

 Zoe used the paved walk way as a texture.

 The kids then had to go and catch insects. This bee was a good catch. It was fun to watch it fly away when they let it go.

 The dandelions looked much different this visit.

 Austyn caught a centipede.

 Austyn measured how many inches this dandelion stem was from his memory of how big an inch is on his finger. The stem was 18 inches long (according to him).

The kids got to run around and play games before heading home. They will miss going to these fun activities and it was nice to meet so many new friends (some of whom are homeschooled).

Homeschool SportBall Ended

 Zoe and Austyn made their coach something for the last day. They really like him a great deal.

 The parents and siblings got to join in on the fun on the last day.

 Can't forget one last cheer.

 Each child was given a ribbon. Above Austyn is giving his coach his gift.

Here he is opening Zoe's pictures that she put in an envelope. 

It was so much fun. We will be sure to sign up for this again.


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