Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

This year we are handling a few more topics than we did last year, and Veterans Day is one of them. I think you are a little more mature this year, and can understand a little bit more about topics like war and sacrifice and honor.

After we had read several books on Veterans Day, you asked if you could write a letter to a veteran.
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Then, we talked about how Grandad had gone to enlist, he had been turned away for health reasons. He had had old football injuries to his knees, and them knees thought that that was the perfect time to get all swollen and inflamed.

He did however, contribute to the war effort by working at a North American Aviation in Inglewood, California during the war, and assembled B 52 bombers .

I miss Grandad.  Apparently he had mellowed a lot by the time I got to know him, but he was a sweet sweet man who had great pride in his family and his life, and he ADORED you. I am so glad you at least got to spend a few years with him and vice versa.

Okay, now my heart is aching and I had better stop before I am a complete mess.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Remember when....

We got you a bike a long time ago and unveiled it at Grandad's house one Christmas...

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Christmas 2011, to be exact, and our roads out here in the country aren't exactly conducive to learning how to ride a bike.

Sure, every now and then we would bring you to the "Umbrella Park" to try to learn how to ride, but you would lose interest really fast, or be afraid you would fall.

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A few weeks ago, you started asking to go on bike rides.  The weather had turned cooler, and so we thought, "sure, why not".

We went and got you new protective gear, and although you took a few minutes to get warmed up, pretty soon you got the hang of it and were pedalling all over the place by yourself! *ignore for now that daddy has a pop-tart head*

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Once you got into it, you insisted you weren't tired and kept going and going.   We were so proud of you!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall/Autumn, Homeschool Stylz

We did a bunch of fall craft and activities to usher in the season :)

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First we built ourselves a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch, out of colored construction paper and cut-outs I had gotten from Dollar Tree over the years..
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and learned all about pumpkins. Yes, gotta love them visual aids.
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We also learnt some songs and rhymes, and you managed to remember all the words to "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" better than I could :)
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and made an apple print tree!  You had been asking me for a while now, to do potato prints, and I thought that making an apple print tree would be quite fitting for the season. I drew some templates for the tree trunk and leaves, and you painted them in.
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As for a Jack-O-Lantern, you drew a face on a little pumpkin that we had, and I did the carving. I had gotten a set of little flickering LED lamps for this very purpose.  You were so excited to turn off the light to see the glowing face. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of it before it got mouldy. Bleh.
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We also decorated a window with Halloween gel clings.
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Meanwhile, we Columbus Day came up and we learnt a little bit about him as well. 
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