Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
The younger two had great fun taking turns to blow through straws and change the colour of the blue water to purple too!
We also got a great resource for our bird studies from my sister and today we used chicken bones to make up a chickens skeleton.....real hands on fun! It was great for the children to see how it all fits together.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Z was competing against a number of boys his age and was disappointed that he didn't get a medal.
J competed against 2 other boys that were older and had higher belts. Their katas were very advanced compared to his. He secured 3rd place with a bronze medal.
We enjoyed watching the black belts show us some of their katas.
Lunch was a delicious burger at the competition,then we went on to Hermanus to watch the whales in the bay. It was amazing to watch them breaching and blowing spouts of water high into the air. We stood on the rocks and there were a few whales very close by. There were some close encounters with the waves splashing onto the rocks and one man even got washed into the sea. I think his ego and his camera were more hurt than anything else...
Finally home to an evening of homemade pizzas and a glass of good red wine. An early night for all!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
As this unit falls in under the character trait of Orderliness, and that includes keeping our possessions orderly, K had a fun written assignment to do which I thought I would share with you.
My beloved big boy is so busy with his school work and has lots to fit in before we take our Spring break.He is kept very busy after school with First Lego League (Team Equilibrium)about 9 to 10 hours a week, and karate 4 to 6 hours a week. He is also doing woodwork and Acts on Saturdays. I do miss having him around. I know it is only a short while and things will calm down again.
Team Equilibrium is making good progress with their research project. Here is an excerpt from their blog written by one of the team members:
Anyway, the research project: Now that we have identified our community (kids our age), one of the main modes of transport (the bicycle) and a problem (safety), we need to find a solution – and we have. There are always two sides to a bicycle/car accident. The driver of the car couldn't’t see the cyclist, and the cyclist wasn’t prepared for the car. We decided to solve the problem with the driver not being able to see the cyclist. We are putting together a cycling safety pack. We have designed a cool, blue and silver or orange and silver camo high-visibility jacket that kids our age would wear, and we are putting a canister of pepper-spray in it too – as a bonus, we are also going to try and get a whole lot of Capestorm, Avalanche, etc, sticks that come free with the pack. (There might be one or two other things, but I can’t remember). Capestorm is donating a whole lot of fabric for us to design two of the jackets and they have given us the contacts of the people who can print the reflective silver camo design onto the fabric. So thanks to Capestorm for that. We also drew up a plan of action, which I can’t quite remember. Maybe it’ll come to me tomorrow. My brain is pap now.
I must say, I am impressed with these kids and what they have come up with. Last year they won the prize for most innovative research project so we are all hoping they do well again this year. I love seeing the way these kids put their mind to things and work out solutions. I think think they are truly blessed to have opportunities like this which push them beyond their comfort zones and require plenty of hard work, problem solving, determination and dedication to the team.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
You can imagine my delight when K came to me with a gift later in the day. It was a brown paper bag with the words thank you on it, all tied up with a red ribbon. Inside was an "angel bear" that she had hand stitched for me, carrying a "Thank You" banner! This was so special and the little bear now graces my bookshelf to remind me of her gratitude.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
K will take her quilt to Acts on Saturday and she will be sewing up to make a purse.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
This afternoon K and I had a wonderful time at the miniatures fair. We went with our very good friends and spent hours browsing at all these amazing creations. I admire the men and women who make these teeny tiny replicas of anything and everything!They are truly talented! There were houses, shops, gardens, plants, furniture and anything you could think of. The detail is just mind boggling.
The girls had a great time buying all sorts of nick nacks for their dolls. K bought herself a miniature artists palette and some scraps of fabric to make a quilt for her dolls. I just love that she still enjoys her dolls at almost 12 years old.
My personal favourites were the miniature oil paintings done by the artist Cindy Lotter.
The paintings are all oil on canvas. None are painted with a magnifying glass, but with the naked eye only.The smallest is 20x30mm in size, the largest is 500x400mm.The paintings are not reproduced, they are all one of a kind. It was great to meet her too and chat with her about her art. Her attention to detail in each painting is incredible! I used a magnifying glass to examine them carefully and was truly impressed!
Friday, September 4, 2009
J was taken out for his favourite, a lime milkshake, and cake by Pappa P. The rest of us went for an amazing walk up behind my sisters home . Last year this area had been covered in trees that have since been felled. It was a crisp morning and it was wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun and see the snow on the distant Drakensberg mountain range.
That afternoon we all headed into town for another party. My sister had organised this hat party for family and friends who could not make the party on her birthday. The venue had a fantastic view of the Underberg. This is a popular paragliding spot and we could see them from the garden of the B&B.
The venue was cosy and warm and the tables were laden with scones, jam and cream, koeksisters, mini milktarts, savouries and the best chocolate cake I have had in a while!
It was a pleasure to see my Aunt and Uncle from Hilton and to meet more of my sisters friends. The afternoon was spent enjoying good company and excellent food. We stayed way into the night and the hostess was most hospitable!
Aunty D and Z with their hats.
I just had to capture this colourful stained glass door at the entrance to the venue.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We got to hang our suet bird feeders today too. They smell so good and K said she was tempted to make some into biscuits so she could have some too! (They are made with lard, oats, peanut butter, sugar, maize meal, seeds and raisins)
This evening we spent a little time watching some birds examine all that has been put out for them to enjoy.