Thursday, March 5, 2015

Getting Fit- with two kids :-)

I feel so blessed that I stumbled across an article on Amanda Riley's Baby Body Balance gym a few months ago.  I've been looking to get back into working out, but my barrier has been what to do with my kiddos.  Alex is way too old to be entertained in a kid's area, Justin doesn't really want to go to one either and while it worked for me a few years ago when I needed to be ready to trek to EBC, the setup just doesn't sit well with me anymore.  Enter Amanda's AMAZING, kid-friendly Woodbury gym.  Alex and I work out three times a week while Justin is at preschool.  Half the time, she just reads on a balance ball, but today she got into it!  Justin was actually with us as well (you can see him rolled in a yoga mat burrito at the front of the shot), and Amanda is so good at working with (or around) children.  It's a dream come true to be able to do this and involve my kids!  So much better than plopping them in front of a screen in a kid's club while I get to exercise!

(as a sidenote, she trains people of all makes and models-- not just Mamas!)

Space Explorers

We headed to the Science Museum this morning to check out the new Space exhibit.  We got there right as they opened, so had the place to ourselves for a good 20 minutes....which is when the middle school field trips came FLOODING in.  Sigh.....  at least we had a head start!

As part of the exhibit, the SMM has installed a giant, three-story high astronaut in the stairwell!  You can't really tell from this shot, but the visor is actually a screen that you can project a recording of your own face on.  Justin got to be a three-story high space explorer!
 The Space exhibit is a special, traveling exhibit, so it of course costs a bit extra.  Because we are members, we get a discount, but I'd say it was still $10/person well spent.  Alex was fascinated with all the space memorabilia--
 A helmet from the Apollo program and Neil Armstrong's gloves!
 Besides the memorabilia, they had a really nice mock up of a room/bay of the International Space Station that actually rotated around you so you had a little feel of what being weightless would be like.  They also had a great display of the daily operations things that we don't ever think about-- food prep, bathroom issues, etc.  We operated a robotic arm to complete some experiments in 'space' and pushed every button available.  Definitely worth checking out!  The sci-fi type video of our future in space exploration at the end was pretty amazing as well.
 We wandered around the galleries (that the schools were NOT in) and came across Alex's favorite chromatography experiment.  Justin was finally old enough to kind of understand what was happening.  The volunteer commented to me that he was an AMAZING direction follower for a 4 year old.  I have to agree.

After we quickly saw the dinosaurs, we opted for lunch before escaping the crowded halls.  Who knew that Thursday was school day?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snow Day!

The meterologists predicted a big storm for this morning, so we cancelled herding class and stayed at home to play.  Kolachi's favorite game is 'catch the snow'...Alex was only too happy to play it with her.

 Eating the snow out of hands is fun, too....
 Our only snowman of the season.  We just haven't gotten enough of the sticky wet stuff--  he's pretty small, but makes up for it with loads of character.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream

What a dream to be able to bring my girl to the the-a-tah!  We had such a great time-  she was glued to the stage the entire time.  Our prep work was solid, and she not only understood what was going on but was able to anticipate coming scenes.  Her two favorite characters were Puck and Nick Bottom, they were phenomenal!  The biggest surprise was that the director chose to make some soliloquies songs, and the entire production was very dance-oriented, which, of course, only adds to the entire experience.
Four thumbs up for The Guthrie!  (Oh-- and she came home and promptly re-named one of her stuffed rabbits to "Shakespeare", so I think four thumbs up for The Bard himself as well)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Skiing with Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam wasn't able to join us at Snowbird this year, so we were SO glad he could hang out with us for a morning at Afton Alps.  It was VERY cold out, but the kids were troopers.  It is really fun to be able to not worry about what level the runs are marked-- they are strong enough skiiers that they can pretty much get down anything at Afton without stress!  A hot cocoa stop midway sure helped warm fingers and cheeks!  Justin is obsessed with the mini terrain park at the end of his favorite run.  Here's a video of him skiing down--
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After our morning, Uncle Sam got to come with us to drop an exhausted Justin off at The Children's Farm for preschool (sorry, teachers!).  We got a tiny bit of visit in with Auntie Carrie and Vera before we had to leave for our workout session.
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Midsummer Night's Dream.....for a 1st Grader

Alex saw a flyer for the Guthrie's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream yesterday.  She really thought it looked interesting.  Since I taught it to 5th graders in my former life, I decided 'why not' and got us two tickets for this Sunday.  This meant that we have approximately three days to learn all about the play before we go!
 We have a lovely illustrated Shakespeare book by Charles and Mary Lamb that has a nice little summary of the play, so we read through that first, making a character chart as we went.  Alex has read  Magic Treehouse: Shakespeare on a Summer Night, so she had some prior knowledge of who Shakespeare was and why he was important-- how great is that!
After we read through the plot(s), she illustrated her favorite scene-  Puck dripping the juice from the love-in-idleness flower. 
The next day I found a theater guide geared towards third graders online, and used some of it as a review.
 Basic it is, but I think she'll have a good idea of what is happening.  We also talked about the language of Shakespeare, and how it is important to watch the actors' body language and facial expressions to figure out what they mean.  Technically, the Guthrie only allows kids ages 8+, so she is also prompted to add a year onto her age if they ask ;-)  I love homeschooling!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nature Walks Resumed

Over the past two months, due to the face-freezing cold, we've suspended our daily Nature Walks.  I know, not very 'waldorfy' of us.... I'm pleased to announce, however, that they are back on our schedule whenever the weather is in the double digits.
The kids were SO excited to rediscover their favorite spots and gather lots and lots of 'treasures' to examine at home.


"I'm just glad to get a real walk in again"
 
Alex discovered these birch eyes watching us...
 
Justin ran upstairs as soon as we arrived home.  Without us even knowing what he was doing, he got on his tiptoes to reach up high and bring down the microscope to examine his treasures.
    
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baptism Day!

Dave and I are excited to announce the Baptism of Vera Jane Mason!  We are Godparents again :-)
What a special day-- Grandma Mary and Papa Bob flew in from Phoenix, and Vera's other grandparents were also there to celebrate!

The girl of honor looked angelic in her custom-made Christening gown! 
 

 What a sweet girl!  Welcome to God's family, Miss Vera Jane! :-)