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Foggy Bottoms

Nothing to do with Foggy Bottoms actually, but that said, it is very foggy outside today!

Been a little while – quite deliberately – because the stomach flu has continued to ravage our house and learning of a quasi-formal kind has been a hit and miss affair.  Still, we plough on and hope for the best!

We’ve been delving into the literature suggestions from Oak Meadow Grade 3 curriculum; first stop, Pippi Longstocking, our only hesitation being that she may be seen as someone to emulate but that has not been the case, Mr. D. thinks she is extremely silly (even if he would love to play with her).  Currently, Mr. D. is playing with friends a few doors away.  He doesn’t always get along with them (two sisters) even though he is proud to boast they are his friends, but this last 60 minutes has been quiet so I am assuming that all is going well.  It is a Pro-D day (teacher meeting day) here in the district so no school (what did they do when I was a kid, I wonder?).  Miss E. is at her After-School carers for the day – something she loves – and it gives the children separate time, which is so necessary.

Lucky for us, Planet Kids has a huge sale underway and we visited on Saturday morning in pursuit of a birthday present for another child.  Whilst there, we scanned the teacher’s resource consignment section and came away with amazing bargains, including a small study on Pippi Longstocking.  So far this morning, so good.  Mr. D. made a “book cover” drawing of Pippi, complete with fry pan and tossed pancake; we’ve delved into what questions we would ask her if we were new in her neighbourhood; the question of realistic vs. fantasy books and the difference between a lie and an exaggeration.  This afternoon we are making a DAS air-dry clay model, which will then be painted, of Pippi.  Mr. D. has asked if we can make Pippi clothes and we’ve decided we will have a small exercise in sewing.  Yet to decide on hair but probably some bright wool that can be braided and then gummed to stick out!  I’ll also download Jamie Oliver’s show “Jamie does…. Stockholm” so that we can see a little Sweden and learn about Scandinavian foods – different to the ones we eat in this partially Danish household.

To have a break from all things Pippi (do you say Pip-E or PeePee, like my husband?), Dad took Mr. D. to the beach at the end of the road.  During previous visits, Mr. D. has been excited about what he calls his Pirate Fort – today I charged them with the mission of building more of it and taking some photos; they only stopped because they ran out of driftwood today.

Now if only the fog would clear – it is actually a sunny day behind all that fog.

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Sunny Saturdays

Maybe the weather was sunny but the moods around here sure weren’t.

As nature is a powerful tool in our toolbelt here, Daddy took both kids off to the beach for a picnic type break – they took snacks and stuff with them and went to a nearby bay/beach/playground – what’s not to love, right?

Had a whale of a time, or so it appeared, though it seems Mr.D. wasn’t having as much fun as it looked like he was having.  Ah, well, can’t say we didn’t try.

Today, Daddy took advantage of the low tide this morn and took both kids to Cape Lazo/Pt. Holmes for some old-fashioned rock pooling.  No photos as yet from that (on Daddy’s camera) but we do have some new snail friends in a shell on the deck and lots and lots of different starfish were around plus zillions of crabs of all shapes and sizes.  Barnacles, too!

Then we’ve made “Forest Floor Cake” – which is really Rocky Road in disguise – recipe care of the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives programme from the UK.  Can’t always adapt their stuff to Northern America (we seem to have a shortage of forests without much undergrowth and lots of bluebells – I love bluebells) but most of their stuff is brilliant.  We’ve taken another of their ideas and made melted chocolate and Shredded Wheat birds nests (for various teachers) which will be filled with conventional mini chocolate eggs and a painted egg from the kids.  Specially as one of the world’s best preschool teachers is leaving our daughter’s preschool and moving away (military husband).  T’will be a sad day in our hearts because she has been a boon to our family – for both children.  We’ll miss you, Miss Nancy!

As today draws to a close, it has also become apparent that Mr.D. needs STRICT time limits on technology – whatever sort – as his iPad usage and dependency is becoming very intolerable to all.  Currently, both kids are outside, running around, hopefully not beating each other to smushy pulp.  Suppose I should check soon, eh?

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Blubber blub blub

Another Nature in a Nutshell experiment:  here we have the recreation of blubber, that layer of fat that keeps sea animals warm in very cold waters.

The movie says it all.

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Forest Frolic

Sunday and the lad needed his exercise!  What to do?  Daughter had yet another birthday party to attend so Dad did as Dad’s must and braved the foul weather (not so bad, actually) and the foul-tempered boy (got much better quickly) and off to the Northeast Woods they went.

You know – those great woods near Highland that they want to plonk a development on?  You don’t know them?  Better catch ’em before they are all gone.

I am hoping Dad will weigh in on comments and tell me what some of the stuff in the photos is – hopefully he will remember – but I do know a grand time was had.

3 cheers for exercise!!!

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I would walk 500 miles and ….

Well – if we could get Mr. D. to do so, we’d probably all feel better.

Two hours of walking, hiking, and looking will have to do.  Thank you, paterfamilias, for taking Ms. E. to a birthday party and dropping her off, then voluntarily taking the lad for his two hours of exercise.

They explored Kin Beach (not far from home) and apparently had a grand old time.  Not very adventurous but lots of fun.  And wonderfully therapeutic.

Both heavy muscle exercise and time spent in nature have a calming effect on our little lad so these types of walks are especially good.  He’s been doing 2 hour walks since before his third birthday – he really does love to explore and move.

Father tried to take a photo of the sunshine.  Not our sunshine.  Sunshine far away on the mainland.  We remember sunshine.  Sorta.  Warmish, right?  Vancouver Island in Winter – not warmish, right?  Sigh.

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