Archive for February, 2009

Just had to get outside

Simon knows how to push the heavy slider open, slide into his brothers boots and go into the backyard. Sometimes he has clothes on, sometimes not. When adventure is needed who has time to worry about clothes?

Today he did have his pajamas on and the weather is starting to warm up finally.

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still playing some…

Tonight Jason wanted some help leveling his newer character so we were able to run through some stuff with the kids characters in tow. It was hilarious!

Isaac always tries to barrel through the baddies and get himself killed while Xander sets his character to follow one of ours (on auto) and turns his attention to play with toys next to his computer. haha!

Isaac’s reading is really starting to progress now to an openness to try small phrases on his own. Some of the words he is able to read surprise me. With life learning (or unschooling) he learns things on his own timeline. I don’t teach him. I just facilitate him in finding information as he asks.

I catch glimpses into his growing vocabulary and reading skills every day and it amazes me! He is picking it up all on his own because he has a personal need for the skill. No class time, no lecture, no workbooks or homework required. The results will be the same. The only difference is he would be considered a “late reader” by school standards at nearly eight years old.

By our standards his own timeline is exactly as it should be. just like potty training…why work so hard forcing something when it will happen naturally on its own with a little more time? haha!

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In other news, Xander (my foodie and chef) told me he saw a “snack recipe” on a commercial he wanted to try. He directed while I made ice cube tray popsicles made from juice and toothpicks.

He remembered all the steps, including the paper on top to hold the toothpicks upright. He directed me through each step like he was teaching a cooking class. haha!

I’m looking forward to the day we have independent Chef Xander in the kitchen. I have a feeling it’s going to be fabulous!

trains, planes, automobiles….minus the planes

We wanted to experience a little train travel so we took a trip up to Seattle this weekend.

Traveling by train is such a pleasure and I highly recommend it! There’s lots of room, bathrooms and dining. The chug-a-chug-a-chug-a is rather soothing for laying back in your seat or, if you want to stretch your legs, you can walk through to the other cars for a change in scenery.

first we rode the max to the train station…

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Train time!…the starlight on the coast train: very cozy and roomy.

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There is a scenic car with full windows to enjoy the view. We watched the sun set.

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There is a dining car. We enjoyed dinner. (and you can enjoy some blurry photos, aka impressionism)

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Once we arrived in Seattle we took a cab and it was swim time at the hotel…

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and Spongebob on the laptop…

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We had a nice city view from the 44th floor…

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This is about as much of the sights we got to see this weekend. It was really just about the train;)

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On the way home we took the cascades train. It moves faster, but its also more crowded and less about the comfort. Still comfortable but no reclining seats, less leg room and no scenic car.

I’d love to take a longer trip sometime, maybe when the kids are a bit older. Seattle was long enough for now.