Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring

Spring! Still waiting for the hills to green up....but spring is here!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dh's b-day and a trip on the USCGC Bertholf

Today was Dh's b-day, and we had the rare opportunity to tour a US Coast Guard Cutter that is docked here. This is a big ship, with big guns! The crew was awesome. A got to "steer" the boat. The engines were off of course LOL. No pics were allowed inside the boat, but on the decks we were free to snap away. And the crew snapped some for us as well. A dreary day here, but lots of fun.

Let me say, this ship is amazing, and the electronics on the bridge were beyond belief. It was neat to hear the stories of the boat and the crew. Wonderful opportunity. Didn't seem that many in the community took advantage of the tour, but I just stumbled across it yesterday and am thankful.

































Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A little late- but my mother's day weekend :)

This is late, but my Mother's Day weekend was great. I love spending my time with the family I have been blessed with.

Look at these 2 both in there Carharts. Melts my heart. We tried to get outside a lot that weekend. The weather was decent.

A is loving her bike that her Aunt got her. She is great at it, and we have already lifted up one training wheel.






We were blessed with finding the wild horses again. They roam over a very large area, so it is hit or miss when we go out to the bays. Last weekend we were lucky. And we had brought snacks, so we had some happy horses!















My husband made this Louisiana girl shrimp po-boys for dinner and man they were spectacular!! True love

I also got in a cleaning and re-organizing mood and re-did A's room. We cleaned, organized, and even moved furniture. She loves it.

On mother's day I got to sleep late and A and Dad made me this wonderful breakfast...crapes with fresh berries and whipped cream.Then we headed out to the tundra and beach for a picnic. Isn't this view beautiful!






And...spring is officially here. The Tundra pups are out. Aren't they cute.


Happy late Mother's Day to all of you.
















































































Monday, May 9, 2011

What a great day- exploring bees and fractions

Well the blog is still under construction. I will be changing the layouts and making some pages across the top during the next few days, but I wanted to go ahead a post tonight.








Today was a GREAT day! A and I are so alike, yet so different. Often times we butt heads endlessly. But lately I have been really working on letting go of one thing that bothers me and upsets her, and well there has been a dramatic change. I have wondered, really this was all I needed to do. Man, I wished I would have given this up sooner.


So this weekend there were many signs of spring here in the tundra, including...bumble bees, which got us on a bee kick and we decided that is what we would be studying next. I found some awesome links here. I am being led toward the way in which Waldorf teaches, although I do not believe in the tenets of development. Every child is only ready for something at the exact same time. Hmm just doesn't sit right with me. Way to much like the own battle I have been having with the school here. Being profoundly gifted, I have learned that A's stages don't meet those of anyone else I know, but I love the methods of Waldorf, the artistic and beauty and the books the kids make, as well as the gentle style of teaching. So we are trying to incorporate more of that method into our days, but keeping the strength of academics that A craves. (if you aren't familiar with Waldorf, they firmly believe in delayed academics, and reading is not taught until a child is 8, I believe) Well if you know A, yeah, as she says "not happenin!" LOL. But the daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythm they incorporate into the home and school, the art and beauty they use, and the teaching with stories....all appeal to us both. So we will be trying some new things here.


Anyway, today I read part one of Hildy the Bee story, then we talked about hexagons and made honeycombs with our pattern blocks. This sparked A's interest and before I knew it, she had discovered that different pattern blocks could be combined to make hexagons as well and thus more honeycombs. This lead to an impromptu discussion on fractions and equivalent fractions. So much fun! . This afternoon we played, snuggled, and baked. A made her first apple pie, but I didn't grab any pics. We were to busy. While I was explaining cornstarch as a thickening agent, She looked up at me and said, "Mommy, I love you teaching me to cook. Thank you." Right then my heart melted and at that moment all felt right with the world. I love spending time with her. I love teaching her, and love watching her light up with joy. After getting our pie in the oven, we made homemade pizza for dinner, chopped full of bell peppers, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. YUMM, and I had to snap this pic. Kiddo dumped the bowl of cheese over her head after she had finished sprinkling it over the pizza LOL.
What a great day. And you know those signs of spring I was talking about, well it snowed all day today LOL!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

UNDER CONSTRUCTION! LOL

Yep, my blog is under construction. I don't know, it just felt like time for a change. Maybe it all started with buying the 50 cans of vegetables on sale for at an extreme steal (well bush Alaska steal that is) and thus the need to reorganize the pantry....then I moved on to the Kookie's room, and that turned into a whole day project in which A and I ended up moving furniture, purging toys, and organizing every corner from top to bottom, and let me tell you it felt good. I have no clue what has gotten into me, but the house better watch out LOL. But at this moment, the blog is in the cross hairs....stayed tune. No telling what might pop up here....darned canned goods ;)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Getting muddy is fun!

Catching up on some pics. Hope these make y'all smile. They are from the weekend before last.

Well, Spring is here in Unalaska. The weather is improving, more days with some sun peeking through, and warmer weather with less wind. Perfect for getting out and exploring the island. Here are some pics from last week. I have been trying to relax more, get dirty, and on the ground and truly enjoy time with my crazy child.