|Morning, noon and night with computers, conversations, video games (Super Mario Maker to be exact), board games, exploring outside and making and creating stuff in between.|
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Just a couple of photos of Kyan's cute & silly cat Emerald.
|His stance when he hears a strange noise.|
|The place he decided to plop down and lounge for a couple of minutes until he spotted a fruit fly, then he was off and running.|
Friday, November 13, 2015
Yesterday Kyan and I made popcorn and watched 'Whisper of the Heart', a Studio Ghibli movie. It was one of the Studio Ghibli movies we thought we hadn't seen yet, but after our friend told us it was the prequel to 'The Cat Returns' we realized we actually had seen it. Kyan really wanted to watch it again, so we checked it out from the library.
After Damek's Jiu Jitsu class and before Lee got home, the boys helped me with dinner preparations. While I grated cheese for homemade mac n cheese, they trimmed and chopped 2 lbs of green beans from the garden for our side dish. Then Damek decided he wanted to make a batch of homemade lemonade. We had just enough lemons and since both boys prefer honey sweetened lemonade, they were in luck as we had just purchased 30lbs of local honey over the weekend at an awesome price.
On Wednesday, Kyan and I read the book I mentioned in my last post 'Does It Really Take 7 Years To Digest Swallowed Gum?; and Other Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask' and as we were preparing to go to bed on Wednesday night he said he wanted to present the questions that were in the book to Lee. Since Lee was tired and heading for bed I suggested he wait until Lee got home from work the next day. So about 2 minutes after Lee walked in the door last night, Kyan ran and got the book and told him he was giving him a quiz. Damek happened to be in the room too, so they both took the quiz. They all had fun guessing and then reading the reasons why it was "yes" or "no", and on a few it was "maybe, but it hasn't been proven".
After the "quiz" Kyan asked Damek if he would show him how to solve his Rubik's cube. I mentioned in my previous post as well that Damek has learned how to solve the Rubik's cube by learning an algorithm from watching a YouTube video. Damek gladly said "yes", and was a very thorough and patient teacher:)
The documentary shows him making sauerkraut, which Damek is a big fan of, and it has inspired us to make plans to grow cabbage in the spring and ferment our own sauerkraut:)
Thursday, November 12, 2015
|Damek's almost completed Rubik's Cube|
Does It Really Take Seven Years To Digest Swalled Gum? and other Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask by Sandy Donovan, a book we also checked out from the library and read yesterday.
In the white box is a piece of coal that was sent to us from a family in West Virginia a couple months ago when we participated in a Fifty State Fun Swap. We got to prepare 4 packages with items that represented Utah and sent them to 4 different families in 3 different states and we got 4 packages in return from 4 families in 4 different states. The states we sent to were: Iowa, Idaho & Ohio (we sent 2 to Ohio) and the states we received from were: West Virginia, Tennessee, Rhode Island & Washington. We all had fun gathering items to send and the boys were excited opening the packages we got, so hopefully we'll get to participate again.
Water Bottle. Damek had Jiu Jitsu last night and that is where he deposited his water bottle upon entering the house after. He goes to Jiu Jitsu 3 times a week, attending a children's class on Tuesday's & Thursday's and an adult class on Wednesday's, for a total of 4-5 hours a week (sometimes the class goes over their allotted time, which Damek is totally fine with:)
Kyan's Halloween candy.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Just some random drawings the boys have been doing recently.
Kyan did this series of drawings out of the blue one day without lifting his pencil while drawing the subject:
These two drawings that Kyan did are characters from a book he read recently titled 'Sleepless Knight; Adventures In Cartooning'
After drawing the knight, Kyan got the idea to put on a blindfold and see how good he could draw. We had some good laughs as he took off the blindfold and the knight was in pieces around his paper along with his shield and sword:) Damek walked in at that moment and decided he wanted to do some blindfolded drawing too. His subject was Bill Cipher. The first couple were all over the place but after that he gained some perspective he did a pretty good job putting most things were where they should be in the drawing.
Kyan drew this "spirit" on Halloween, inspired from Lee making his "No-Face" costume from the movie 'Spirited Away':
Monday, November 02, 2015
I think Halloween has become our family's favorite holiday over the years, and it's not just because of the candy, since we can have that any old time.
This was our funnest year yet as far as making costumes, as the boys actually did a lot of the work themselves with help from Lee and I. Also this year Lee and I made our own costumes, with help, in the form of feedback, from each other.
We started with Kyan's costume, Steven Universe. Kyan already had blue jeans and we found some red thongs at Old Navy for under $3 & a red shirt at Michael's for $3 and a wig at our local costume shop Pib's Exchange for $10. Kyan and I did a freezer paper star stencil on the shirt and painted it yellow (we ended up having to buy 2 more red shirts as we had some issues with the paint and also trying an iron on, which didn't work). Lee cut out a round piece of wood from a scrap piece of plywood we had in the garage to make the sheild. Lee prepped the board and Kyan painted it after Lee drew the basic design on it.
|Kyan painting his sheild|
|Lee added straps on the back of the shield for carrying.|
|Kyan as Steven Universe|
|Damek as Bill Cipher|
|Black leggings after bleach and fabric dye were applied.|
|Galaxy make-up. It didn't come out like the tutorial, with my limited make-up artistry skills, but it wasn't bad.|
Lee's costume came absolutely last, and even though he knew what he wanted to be a week or so before Halloween, No-Face from the Hayou Miyizaki film Spirited Away, he almost didn't do it, but I'm so glad he did, he did an awesome job, especially since he made it on Halloween in just enough time for us to go to our friend's house for a Halloween party.
|Lee painting his mask. He made it out of cardboard.|
|Us before we headed to our friends for a Halloween Party|
On Friday we got to go to a Halloween Carnival that our local Unschooler's group organized and got to hang out with friends that we wouldn't be seeing on Halloween. There was a cake walk, halloween houses to build, trick or treating, yummy food, running around and playing and just hanging out and having a good time:)
|Someone brought little kits to make Halloween houses for everyone, so fun!|
|Trick or Treating|
|Fun with masks|
|We brought Kyan's ladder golf game and it was a big hit.|
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Kyan and I ran errands today, one errand was to the grocery store. As we were getting what we needed someone in front of us knocked something off of a display, looked back and continued on. Immediately Kyan walked over, picked up the item and put it back on the display. Another errand we did was to the costume store as I wanted to look at a wig for my costume. I saw one I really liked, but it was a bit more than I wanted to spend, so I carried it around the store hoping to find something (another wig or some colored hairspray) that was more in my price range to no avail. As we were heading to put the wig back on the hook Kyan said he had his allowance with him and really wanted to buy me the wig. I thanked him and told him that I wasn't 100% sure I even wanted the wig for my costume but that I would sleep on it and if I really wanted it tomorrow then I would let him buy it for me.
When Kyan and I got home from running errands, Damek and Lee had just gotten home from Damek's Jiu Jitsu class where they had a little Halloween celebration complete with candy. Damek had a small pile of candy that he had put on the counter, which was half of the candy he had got from the celebration, that he had saved for Kyan.
Our kids have never been made to share what is theirs. It is and always has been their choice to share or not as they see fit. If they ever decided they didn't want to share they were never shamed because of it. Both boys are very generous and I believe a lot of their generosity is due to this. A couple years ago Damek got a new 3DS Excel and since a good friend of his didn't have a DS he gave his old 3DS to him. I had a family member say "you let him give it away?" to which I replied "yes", but really it wasn't me letting him, it was his to give away, it wasn't my choice it was his.
Our boys get an allowance, which is within our budget, which usually covers just about anything they are wanting throughout the month. If not they will save their money until they have enough to get whatever it is they are wanting, or if it is a big item (computer/tablet) and we are able to help we will go agree to go half. We are a one income household, and basically live paycheck to paycheck, but we never tell our kids flat out "no" or "we can't afford that" if they want something, if we don't have the money right that minute we talk about and brainstorm how they might be able to get what it is they want in the future, we get creative sometimes. For instance recently Kyan was wanting something that was beyond our financial capabilities, so after discussing and brainstorming he decided he wanted to sell his Angry Bird plush collection since he no longer plays with them. We researched and put all 18 up for sale on Ebay and they ended up selling for $56. He got enough for what he wanted and then some.
As my kids get older and with the above mentioned instances, which are certainly not isolated, I am reminded of this quote from Sandra Dodd, which I find to be true:
"If you want to measure, measure generously. If you want to give, give generously. If you want to unschool, or be a mindful parent, give, give, give. You'll find after a few years that you still have everything you thought you had given away, and more."
Friday, October 23, 2015
|Kyan 2 days before his birthday at Trailside Park.|
|Kyan & I, not long after his birth.|
Damek drew some pretty cool pictures on Kyan's present, you can see one of them in this picture of him opening it, it's a minion, something Kyan really likes currently:
|waiting for the movie to start|
On Sunday we celebrated with Lee's side of the family and this Sunday we are celebrating with my family and at the same time celebrating my birthday which was on the 20th and my niece's birthday, which was on the 9th.
My birthday was this last tuesday on October 20th. When I woke up and came into the kitchen, Lee had left me this note
|Damek's card. He has been creating his own style of different handwritten fonts recently, love it!|
|Kyan made the outside of his card look like an envelope.|
|Kyan's card says "happy birthday Julie hope you have a great Birthday I love you Emerald and Boo love you too let's have some cupcakes:) He made 2 cupcakes out of perler beads to attach to the card.|