Friday, March 24, 2017

Working on Glueing

The girls have been proficient with glue sticks for quite some time now but we have been working on using glue bottles.  It takes a bit of practice so you only get a little glue not a whole pool of it.  They love it!  To many mornings of glue bottle crafts hahaha!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Sound Game

The littlest three and I have been reading books and working on different senses for the past few weeks.  When the boys were off last week, I decided to try a super simple little activity that was very appropriate with Easter coming up.

Basically I just chose little things that were around the house that made sounds when they move.  I chose Easter eggs that were all the same color to make it trickier so the kids didn't remember the colours with the different sounds.  I put the same amount of each item into two different eggs.


Once all the eggs were closed, the kids sat down together and took turns shaking the different eggs to listen to the different sounds.  They then matched them up in pairs that they thought were the same.  Once they thought they were right, they gave them to me and I opened them up and we checked to see if they were correct.


A fun little add on for the older kids (and Jason) was that I got them to guess what they thought was in each set of eggs before I opened them up.


The kids often go ask for the tray that I store this activity on and sit at the table by themselves and listen to the sounds.  It was really neat to see the different strategies each of them used to find the matches.  Some would shake one egg and go through all the other eggs shaking at the same time to find it's match. Others would shake one beside each ear trying to find the same sound on both sides.

So easy, lots of fun and this can easily be switched up with new items.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oh time change

We turned our clocks ahead last Sunday. Indirectly for every parent out there, this means we lost an hour hahaha but it also meant that everyone was able to stay up a little later without being in the overtired stage.  The sun was out all day yesterday and the temperatures are starting to warm up so we decided to head out on a little post dinner hike.  Running around in nature, laughing and enjoying each other's company with these beautiful views was the perfect start to the week :)  Makes me excited for the spring to come where we can get out and explore every evening together :)



Mathew likes to stop and read every sign and information board along the trail.  


These views...wow!


How many brothers does it take to hoist their little sister up to take a look?


Saturday, March 11, 2017

A new lens

I am currently reading Ann Voskamps book.  Finishing up the first chapter she has a quote "Brokeness Can Make Abundance".  I am sure there are a million interpretations for this but for my life this speaks to me in terms of being able to embrace what life has thrown us.  Being a military family we are forced to be uprooted every so often and restart family life in a new city, country or even continent.  This can be trying at times and trust me there are a lot of difficulties and planning involved behind the scenes when moving a family.  There are a lot of stressful times and sometimes you feel that you are being tested.  Jason and I were just relaxing tonight and we got talking about all the potential postings that are out there.  Some are good, some not so good and some ughhh you don't ever want to go there, but honestly I think there is something to be said for looking for the positive.  Maybe we need to look at it through the perspective of a new adventure for our family to embark on and an entire new location for our family to explore.  Living in Alaska has allowed us to explore nature, mountains, the ocean etc and I am sure that if we look deep enough, each of our following moves will also provide us with new great memories and life experiences.  Wouldn't it be great to be able to explore more of the world with our children and allow them to not only hear about, but live and experience so many great things that the world has to offer us?  Ann's quote makes me think that moving is challenging, moving is difficult, moving is heart breaking when you leave friends and family but maybe, just maybe, through this 'brokeness' we are able to make new friends, reunite with family and experience the great things that each location has to offer and embrace the abundance of life/family memories.  Sometimes we are not in control of the ride, sometimes we fall off the ride, sometimes the ride is downright horrible but perhaps we need to realize that we are not always in control and the bigger powers have a greater plan for all of us.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunlight

The sun is coming, the sun is coming!  I have mentioned it in previous posts about the daylight and darkness here in Alalska.  We have long dark winter days and hot sunny summer days that last nearly 24 hours.  We are currently reaching almost 12 hour days of daylight and every day we gain almost another 5 minutes (right up until summer solstice).  We are fortunate that our house faces the right direction and the distance from the mountain is perfect so that we get sunlight in our house for the small amount of time it is up in the winter.  I have noticed recently just how early it has started to get sunny during morning playtime.  Sometimes the kids just love sitting in the sun, playing trains and drinking their smoothies.




On a side note, I swear we dust but when that sun comes streaming in, it seems to pick out every single dust particle we have missed hahaha.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Back at it

Gosh I have gotten away from blogging for way too long.  For the last few months it has just been easier and quicker to put pictures on Facebook then to actually blog about them.  I do enjoy doing that and it gives friends and family that are far away a chance to see what is going on in our lives but it doesn't give it the context that the blog provides.  So I will try. I will try and sit down and document the little things because honestly the kids are growing so quickly it's nice to have a record to be able to look back on.

We have started going to a preschool coop.  Basically you attend with your child (children) and there are some amazing ladies who have volunteered their time to set up weekly activities for the kids to do.  Honestly it has been amazing!  My kids absolutely love it and I find it kind of like a day where I don't have to be in charge of coming up with a million learning activities and crafts.  It also allows us to try things that I wouldn't have thought of myself.  Last week we learned about presidents.  A little fact that many people don't know about our family.  We do have 5 children but only 1 was actually born in Canada.  The first set of twins were born in the Netherlands when we lived in Germany and the girls are actually Americans (and Canadians).  We embrace what each of these countries have shown us and I love when my kids participate in an activity that is outside of my teaching.  So last week the kids made American flags, organized American coins etc.  They learned the preschool level of how the voting system works and just had fun.

 

 



I still giggle when I see this picture.  Little Joshua will start school in September in Canada.  I wonder what his teachers will think when he says "W.....W is for Washington".  My little world travelers :)


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pizza Oven

For father's day we bought Jason a pizza oven attachment for his charcoal barbecue.  Honestly we were out and about and had company so much this summer that we kind of forgot about it.  This weekend we spent a day just going out hiking and enjoying some family time and we decided that homemade pizzas were the perfect activity for dinner.  In the morning we all sat down and chose what toppings we would like on our pizzas and then we went to the grocery store and picked them up.  The kids (and us adults too) had a blast making pizza dough in whatever shape we wanted and with whatever toppings we wanted.  The kids played out in the leaves and on their fort while the pizza cooked.  Let me just say it was absolutely delicious and something we will be doing more often in the next few weeks!