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Our Little Nature Walk

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So we moved a few days ago and we finally just got internet up and running yesterday so I've been trying to catch up on things but today I took the kids for a little nature walk and leaf hunt for school. Were learning about Plants right now so thought this would be a perfect little time to go. Plus I love fall and wanted to try and check out the beautiful path way for some family photo's we want to get soon. So i just wanted to share some pictures of our fun little afternoon leaning about leaves and everything else we got to see.








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Cows, Kahlen kept calling them puppies

New science subject and a field trip!!

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So we've had a pretty bad week the past week.  Kahlen got really sick with a horrible cough and a fever So for school it made it a bit tough with a poor little Kahlen being very grumpy and sick but for the most part we made it through this week.

We also started a new science subject .. ANIMALS!! yay the kids were so excited, not that plants weren't =P They didn't find most of it as fun as animals. So we started off the science subject a bit off. First thing i was suppose to go through with them was the story of creation from Genesis and ya well I can not find our bible! Some where lost in the boxes that are still unpacked from moving so i ended up having to search it! So funny me reading a bible chapter fro my laptop but they got the point, still it was funny watching me running and searching around the house and the internet but yay for the internet once again.

The next day I tried taking the kids for a little nature walk to search for animals and it started out wonderful but didn't last too long when a bunch of dogs up the street started barking like mad and the kids got scared and Leland fell and so we all decided to go home and try again another day.



                                     (Horse hoof prints)


So this weekend we decided to take the kids on a field trip to the fish hatchery. It was very cool because I've never even been there before. I wasn't to prepared with info or anything but we will be doing a hole thing on the life cycles of a salmon. This is the plan for tomorrow and I just took the picture and blew it up a bit so they have there own little work sheets for tomorrow and I am planning on doing a little fish art project.    Fish life cycle worksheet

So I took tons of pics so here they are! Enjoy, we had so much fun =)


Us when we first arrived and reading about some fish species and then us walking down to the tanks. We were going to be seeing coho and chinook salmon.



This is were the salmon start coming up stream and into the hatchery.


 We got to walk around on this walk way were we can look down on the fish swimming into the tanks.


 Where the fish enter from the river and then pic 2 is where they jump in to get into the tanks.






 

FISHIES!! They were swimming around and jumping which the kids loved and they would scream ever time one jumped up. So cute.



We also got to go see down below into tanks which was neat. The Fish were all beaten up and had a white fungus on them which i learned were from damages from coming up the river. It was kinda sad to see some of these sores though.


Then from there they gather the eggs and federalize them and then make some babies! Which we can go back in a few months to see the babies which we will be doing for sure. The kids had a blast and I even learned a thing or two.

Mini Feild Trip to the Mines with Granny

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So the other day granny took the boys for a mini field trip to see the coal mine! I wasn`t there so can`t say too much about it but got some pictures. The boys had a blast but poor Oren got a little scared walking down in the mines but i got a ton of stories when they got back!


Happy 2nd Birthday Kahlen!

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It is my baby girls 2nd birthday today! We are celebrating Sunday but I thought I would make a little post. She was born early morning today in 2009 and she was the easiest birth I had and my first using a epidural. I went natural with my first 2 but I couldn't make it and did opt for drugs very early in the morning because I was so over tired and in so much pain that I did give in. I won't go though my birth story, don't think people would wanna hear but she was just so easy and she was also a surprise! We found out the sex of both the boys but we were unable to find out Kahlens sex and I swore she was another boy but I got my girl! I was so happy to get my baby girl!

She was a very easy quiet baby. Then just like her brothers she started walking at 11 month old and that when all hell broke loose! She has now been on the go ever since!

Now she is just a little diva with a big attitude and a huge personality! She love animals and babies and sometimes hotwheels but she does have two older brothers!


Here are some random pictures  ( in no particular order) just a few of my favorites and some silly ones and a few from her first birthday =)













 

 




 This one is of her today! on her 2nd bday ... asleep!


My Green Works Commercial

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A few weeks ago I was probably running around my house cleaning and I got a phone call, it was from a weird number so I let it go to the answering machine. When a man started to leave a message I ran and sat on the computer chair to listen and it was a guy saying he was from the Clorox Company and they saw I have entered into a few contests in the past with them and they had another contest going on to film a commercial and wanted to know "my Story" with Green Works, left his number.

So after being kinda in shock and a little confused I called my mom and MIL because I wasn't even sure if I should call back. I have really bad stage freight and on the off chance I actually won, I didn't think I can do it. So after thinking ow cool this actually was and the overall opportunity; I called back!

I called the number the guy left and I told him I was interested and so he started asking me a bunch of questions about me and Green Works and about my family and I just tried to answer as honest as I can. So after a all the questions he let me go and told me the "story" will be pasted on and if they liked it they will pass it on and I would be reviving a call from a producer.

A little while later (not sure how long exactly) I got a call from the producer! I was in shock ... again. I did not think they would like me at all. At the same time the Green Works: Green it yourself contest and I was feel oddly confidant about one of them. So I talked to the producer and she told me that they liked my story and I can't remember exactly what but we set up a date and time for a conference call with the director.

So it was time for the conference call and I got the kids all nice and happy watching a movie and I snuck off too my bedroom and shut the door. Then at 3pm I called the number they gave me and they weren't in yet so I went and checked and then went back and tried again and they still we not in so I just waited another minute and 3rd time was a charm and the producer was there. She was so nice and we just chatted about random stuff while waiting for the guys. Then the guys got on and the producer signed out. The mention who they were and told me they were from New York which was pretty cool, I've always wanted to got there. So what ended up being a 40 minute phone call was questions about my family and me with Green Works. They were so nice and very laid back over the phone which kinda made me feel a little better because I was a little nervous through out the whole thing. Every time I even mention I was nervous though the director just cracked a joke or something which was very sweet of him. They asked me to email a few pictures of my house and the family and I even warned them my house was kinda ugly and after talking to my MIL we also gave them a choice to film at her house if they didn't like my house plus we are moving there in a month or two so I personally wanted to do it there anyways.

Then a few days later i think I got the call they liked me and wanted me to do the commercial! I was in complete shock but the thing that really caught me off guard was the fact they wanted to film soon! So for the next little while I just completely cleaned my house top to bottom which is probably why I disappeared for a while.

So they told me that they were coming in Wednesday night and stopping by my house on Thursday to meet us and look at my house and we film Friday.  The really cool thing is that I wasn't the only person filming a commercial in town and they also were filming at a B&B somewhere in town. They told me the name like 2 or 3 times and I can't remember though.

So when they got here DH came by to met them also. When they got here it was only four of them and it was the camera guy, the director and the producer and i forget what the other guy did. When they all got in and after introductions they wanted to see around the house. They took pictures and had fun with the kids and they apparently like my house! I think its ugly but it is kinda cool and very 70's. So we all talked and played and for about an hour then they left. Then they called to look at my MIL's house and they went up there later on. Then we go the call later on that night that they decided to do it at my MIL's house. So she emailed me a little list of stuff to bring the next day and I went crazy trying to pack but mainly because I was not sure what to wear.

So we didn't even start filming until 1:30-2ish so I took the morning to try and chill and make sure I have everything packed which was actually pretty hard to do. Then w decided to grab take out for lunch and go to My MIL's house early and just visit for a bit. Then everyone started showing up right at 1:30 and wow people just kept pouring in and they got right to it to. A bunch of us tried chillin outside in the back yard and the camera guy was playing with the kids on the trampoline and it was fun. Then they wanted to see what I was going to wear and so I pulled out the suit case packed with close but there problem was that I apparently looked to young and wanted me in a button up blouse of some sort so my MIL went and grabbed some and came out with a few and so they picked two out and I tried one on and put my hair in a bun. It was the best I can do but I do look pretty young for my age and I don't look like a mother of 3 at all sometimes.

The house was just starting to get busier and busier. People we in the bathroom putting up lights and taking stuff put so they can fit in there. A tent and director chairs were set out and a table with food and just equipment everywhere. There was about 15-20 people there and I'm so sad I didn't get to meet everyone or talk to everyone. There were 2 people from Green Works there though which was very cool!

 Then the sound guy came up to me and told me he needed to put a microphone on me. So he puts the mic on my shirt and I had to hide the cord down my pants and the battery pack thing he wrapped around my ankle. Then the director took me out side and he sat down with me to tell m what the story line will be and a quick run down of whats going to happen.

I don't want to give away the actual commercial, thought I will keep it for a surprise when it air's. I will make a blog post also about the scene's but I just don't know what they are going to use. But we filmed in the bathroom which was fun and the kids were very good. It was a bit weird with the camera in there but I was so proud of the kids. Then we went to play out side and the kids liked that part, we also thought it was going to rain because some nasty cloud were starting to come in so we just wanted to get that part done. Then back inside and we did some filming in the kitchen. We were almost done by this time I just needed to do a little on camera interview which was what I was most nervous about. It was tough, I stumbled over my words and I felt like it was a total bomb but I was also hungry and getting pretty worn out by the end of it.

We started filming at say 2pm and didn't end until 8ish. Everyone told me we did good. Apparently when i was going the interview though they thought I was going good so I'm happy they thought I did good but It will be edited of course. Hours of filming put into a little 25 sec commercial.

So just as quickly they came, they left. I got to say good bye to most of the people and talk quickly with them but a lot of them had to get down to catch a ferry and fly back to Ontario and New York, where ever they were from. I also had to fill out paper work with the director of broadcasting and he talked to me quickly about the legals of it all and he also told me I was only 1 out of 4 in Canada! Which was a big shock, I thought there was more then 4 being filmed so that was very cool! I did get to have a very quick chat with the Green Works people though. Not as much as I would haev liked but I was also very tired.  So I'm just hoping I get in contact with them again but I did thank them just wish I could haev said more. So we watched everyone pack up and we just tried saying bye to everyone. I was actually very sad, knowing I will probably never see these people again. It was the coolest thing I have ever got to do though and I loved it and I would probably do it again if I had the chance!



But I did want to share that Green Works did add the video's to FB and thought i would share the link. Please don't be shy and share, "like" & comment. I'd love to hear what people think! Thank You!

Kindergarten & Grade 1 Homeschooling Curriculum

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So its august already! I don't know where the time has gone but we haven't done anything for summer but the weather here has been so crappy. Even today is grey and sad out side and will probably rain again today. So summer has been a bust but school is around the corner and my books are starting to come in and so I've have been trying to do lots of "research" well a lot of home school blog hopping, hehe, to try and figure out scheduling and ideas and anything else I can use to start of my first year of homeschooling!

So this is what I have so far for curriculum and most of it has arrived and I'm getting excited!

For the most part I am going to try and do a K/1 split class just to make it a little easier and plus I am going to have to do a lot of catch up on my little man because even the home school kindergarten curriculum is more advanced then what he did in public school. The Bolded subjects are the ones I am able to do with both boys.


Kindergarten


Math – Bob Jones

-          Textbook Kindergarten

-          Activity Package


Phonics – Explode the Code (get ready for the code)

-          Book A, B,C

-          Teachers Edition for ABC


Bible – Studying God’s Word (by Christian Liberty Press)

-          Book A


Handwriting – A Reason For Handwriting – Kindergarten


Social - Me and My First Map Book 


Science -  I will be ordering science kits that we can use and just sent back when we are done.


Sign Language - Sign Language fun int he early childhood classroom

The perigee Visual Dictionary of signing


Grade 1

Math – Bob Jones

-          Textbook Grade 1

-          Activity Package

-          Test

-          Unifix Cubes

-          Teacher’s Edition


Writing – Write about Me – Grade 1

-          Plus teachers guide

A Reason for Handwriting – Book B


Social - Me and My First Map Book 


Science -  I will be ordering science kits that we can use and just sent back when we are done.


Bible – Studying God’s Word

-          Workbook A


Phonics – Explode the Code

-          Book A, B, C


Phonics Game – Pop for Sight Words 


Sign Language - Sign Language fun in the early childhood classroom

The perigee Visual Dictionary of signing

So that is the most of the curriculum  and I do haev a little list of cool crafts and games I have found which of course I will share as I go but all this is new to me but I wanted to share the start of what I am doing this year =)