Friday, February 22, 2013

Imagine It!

For science this year we started out studying human biology.  We loved it- it was so much fun exploring our bodies and learning about them!  When I got invited to check out "Body Carnival, the Science and Fun of Being You" at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, I knew it would be a fun way to wrap up our unit before we moved on to chemistry!
It was really fun, the kids loved trying to "beat" the exhibit- to walk the line even while wearing the crazy goggles (it took a few tries), to not get dizzy in the tunnel, and to walk the balance beam while keeping your arms straight down!
 Aidan thought it was cool that inside the artery he could hear the "real" heartbeat!  He wanted me to crawl in there with him, but seeing as how I had the baby strapped to me, I opted to watch and take pictures!
 "They call it a dizzy tunnel, but I didn't even get dizzy".  I, of course, wanted them to read all the info and explanations and figure out why and what and how.  They weren't so interested in that, mostly wanting to just run through it and grab and pull and punch.  Despite their best efforts, they did learn something, because later they were all able to tell me some things about the body they didn't know before!
 When we had exhausted that exhibit, we then spent several more hours exploring the rest of the museum.  It felt nostalgic for me.  When the kids were little (2 and 3, I think), my sister and I bought memberships here, and there were many days we packed a lunch and schlepped all the kids down here so that we could relax and talk and let them play.  We haven't been in years, and I was surprised how much they liked it.
 Abigail said "Mom, you never should have brought me here!"  When I asked why, she said that now she was going to be bugging me every day to come back! 

 Jack couldn't get enough of this crane to transport all the balls.  He played on this thing for about 2 hours! 

 First, he was dumping all the balls on his brother, but when he saw me taking pictures....
 He came after me!  Only one or two hit little Clara in the sling!  :) 

We had a lot of fun, staying for almost the whole day.  A very enjoyable school day!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentine Party!

One of the the things my kids miss most from "regular" school is the class parties, so we decided to have a homeschool party for Valentines day!
Luckily in the past few months a few new homeschool families have moved into the ward.  We had a little lunch, decorated some cookies, did a couple of crafts, and exchanged cards.
 The kids had a blast, I mean you get a bunch of kids in a room with some sugar, and what's not to like?
Jack with his cookie:
Abby loved it because it was mostly girls... a nice switch from her normal life!
We used some Hershey's kisses to make little mice, they turned out so cute!
My cute little nephew joined us, because as of a few months ago my niece has joined the homeschool world!  Yay!
It was a lot of fun, and I was happy to be able to connect with the moms and have some good conversations!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Double Fister

Clara will not take a pacifier.  She hates them!  What she really wants is to suck her little thumb.  Unfortunately for her, she has not yet developed the fine motor skills to release the thumb from her fist, so she is forced to suck on her little fist, just trying and wishing for that thumb to pop out!
 The other night Kydon was holding her, and she started double fisting it, trying to get something going!
 A rare moment of the hand being open- now just how to get that thumb into the mouth!
 It has to be there somewhere!
 Almost- this is the normal sucking attempt.
And back to the double!  She never did quite get it, but she sure had fun trying!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Plans for the Future

Okay, I have been in serious hibernation mode.  It is time to get back to blogging!!  I think of posts all the time, I just never take the time to sit down and write them.  I am going to make a serious effort to update this blog and write about all that is going on- because it is a lot! 
All 3 of the kids have very definite plans for the future, and they discuss and refine them quite often.  They are so specific, and funny/cute, I thought I better write them down before they change! 

Aidan has had a hard time over the last few years as his passions are somewhat at odds with each other.  His loves include:  The Civil War, huskies and other dogs, the Iditarod, and the military.  He has struggled with how to reconcile all of these loves into his life, because the Iditarod and huskies are in Alaska, which really has no connection to the Civil War.  He thought about trying 6 months in one place, and 6 in the other, but who would take care of the dogs while he was away?  It was a very disturbing problem, but he finally found a solution.
First, he will move to Gettysburg where he will live for a few years, studying the Civil War and doing battle reenactments.  He will then move to Alaska, where he will raise dogs and run the Iditarod.  After winning the Iditarod a few times, he will then move to Hawaii, where he will join the Navy, and his mission will be to raise the USS Arizona from its watery grave.

Jack has some pretty awesome plans.  First, he is going to be a billionaire.  No doubt about it.  He will have plenty of money to finance his move to Hawaii, his huge house, his fancy cars, his surfing lifestyle, ...... and his 69 kids.  Yes, 69.  He started out wanting 100, but that got changed to 94 when he didn't think he could come up with that many kids names.  Kydon and I broke the news that he probably couldn't have 94 kids with only one wife, so of course we had to look and see what the record number of kids with one woman was, which turned out to be 67.  He wants to break the record, but still be "reasonable", so he is going for 69.  Good luck to his future wife!  At least she will have plenty of money for a cook and several nannies!
Abigail only wants ONE kid.  No more.  And she is going to adopt, because NO WAY is she going to grow a baby.  She and her one child are going to live with Jack and help him take care of his kids, and also enjoy living in his mansion.  She also wants to be a teacher.

The other day they were once again discussing/refining plans, and Aidan started hitting Jack up for a donation!  "Jack, when I move to Hawaii, will you give me some of your money to help me raise the USS Arizona?   It is going to cost a lot of money, and we really need to raise it!"  Jack was not as generous as you might think with his imaginary money... "Well, I might not have *that* much money, and I might need it for all my kids, and I'll have to see what I can do".  I find it so funny that none of the other kids say they are going to have money- it is just accepted that Jack will have lots of money and the other two won't.  They constantly ask Jack to buy things for them (fancy cars, etc), but they never say that they will be rich also! 

As for this one...
 We are just happy that she started smiling and laughing!

Right now her plans only include eating, sleeping, and being the cutest thing ever.  I think she is well on her way to accomplishing her plan!