Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Timing of FIAR lessons

I try to have our lessons coincide with the correct season, or time of the year etc, and even though we did Cranberry Thanksgiving last year, I decided to do it again this year, with some added information.

You helped me prepare our Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving.
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We observed how the cranberries floated to the surface of the water, like in the videos we had watched of Cranberry farmers harvesting their berries in a flooded bog.
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We cut up our Cranberries to see the air pockets in there, as well as the tiny seeds,
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You had quite a lot of fun being mommy's little helper. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sleeping like a Baby

Every night, practically since you were born, we have looked in on you several times a night.  Daddy always talks about how he wishes you didn't have to grow up so fast, and that even though you are a ripe old age of 5 1/2 now, you still look so angelic when you are asleep.
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The Rocketeer

I try to talk to you about the importance of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and you are quite the advocate sometimes.

Anyway, here you are, in a rocket jet pack made of an empty cereal box, empty paper towel roll and the little plastic sleeve that our newspaper comes in.

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!!