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post #81 of 88

My kids built a Cat Genie today! lol It was at least as complicated as it sounds.

 

 

post #82 of 88
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Pardon me for being so out of touch (having kids 6 and 8, never daycare or preschool, etc, and just emerging from our cocoon), but what is a Cat Genie?

post #83 of 88

It is the most absurdly high tech cat box on the market, basically. Once you hook it up, you pretty much just push a button to clean it a couple times per day, and every few months you replace the cleaning cartridge and add some more of their special litter. No effort, smells, no fuss. And the current model has even become fairly environmentally friendly. It was literally invented by a rocket scientist and a team of engineers! lol We've been talking about wanting one since the first infomercial we saw back when the kids were little...maybe before they were born. It's also absurdly expensive, though. After the initial investment, it won't cost anymore than we were already spending on litter (actually less, I think)...but that initial investment is a couple hundred dollars! I can't spend a couple hundred dollars on a litter box, no matter how cool it is. Luckily, my mil can...it was a late Christmas present. 

 

It's still not all the way set up though. Dh and I somehow started a whole reorganization and redecorating of the laundry room after discussing where to put the Cat Genie. It's kind of a behemoth. We may not get back to the hooking up of the Cat Genie until this weekend. *eye roll*

 

ETA a video-

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A couple of developments, not necessarily one day.

 

The girls are registered for Girl Scouts, and somehow I've ended up volunteering as co-leader.  So much for dipping my toes in!  At the informational meeting, they described what happens in Girl Scouts, and I thought "That's a lot like child-led homeschooling."  So, even though we are doing this to meet other girls their age, I also get to introduce a gaggle of giggling girls how to teach themselves how to learn.  Cool!

 

The other development:  DD1 wants to play games with the goal of seeing what happens when you cheat in different ways.  I said that's OK as long as all players are in on it.  Early lesson:  stacking the deck in "War" is a waste of time.  We know this already-- we've won with just 2 cards in our hand, and today dd won the game against dh, even though he had all the aces.  Those were meant for her, but she made a mistake choosing the stacked stacks.  All four aces were won in the first round thanks to ties.  Next up, "Go Fish".....

post #85 of 88

Wow...things have been super busy!

 

We've been making lots of raw meals together for dinner this week thanks to this book: http://www.amazon.com/Feed-Your-Tike-Likes-ebook/dp/B00AAL9R80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359174107&sr=8-1&keywords=feed+your+tike+what+he+likes

 

Today the girls used banana boxes to make pretend/competing TVs since we've nearly nixed all TV the way things were going. 

 

We also played choo-choo trains with the boxes.  While I was making dinner they took a bath then watched a bilingual Spanish nursery rhyme DVD I have for them.

 

A little later we tried to make snowflake origami, but ended up making dog masks...we used a ruler and the fold and tear method... dd(5) did a lot of the folding and drawing a line at the edge of the ruler.  They colored their crayons, dd5 put glasses on her dog.   After that I put on a dance video for them that they love.  DD5 calls the instructor her favorite teacher.  (she doesn't think of me as her teacher)

 

 

Then we did exercise where I lift them on my legs and we count in english and spanish. 

 

My 5 year old favorited a favorite song of mine today "32 Flavors" by Ani Difranco and played drums on everything to the song.

 

We read half of the story of the boy with the magic paintbrush...in English/Spanish and then we looked through dd(5) pop-up Ocean book.  We discussed distance in miles because the book talked about echolocation and the depth of the Ocean so we ended up talking about how long it is between where we live and where we used to live and where we live and my Grandma's house, etc.

 

Then we sang "de Colores" in bed. 

 

Vi Hart, eh?  I'll keep that on my radar. :)

 

ETA:  I can't believe I forgot to post the one thing that happened today that made me think "I need to post that in the unschoolers thread"... dd5 was playing with baby dolls.  She found a balloon, put it under her shirt and said she had a baby in her belly.  She said it was itchy and I told her that your belly gets really itchy when you're pregnant..."I just realized that!" she said, then she went to the room, "had her baby" and showed it to me.  It was a baby doll she has with white chalk smeared on it and red clay.  She said it was just born because it had blood on it. 

 

Also dd2 took an amazing picture of our food with my camera today, although I was asking her to give the camera back to me!  She also let me take a picture of her making a sling for her babydoll out of her little backpack. :)


Edited by featherstory - 1/25/13 at 9:00pm
post #86 of 88

That sounds like so much fun! I really miss those days. This time last year, even, my kids were still content to spend the day hiking or working on some crazy project. 

 

OMG I have to share and I know you folks will understand where I'm coming from. I'm so excited! Crash has decided to drop his classes at the public school! He's been such a total pain in the butt since he started! It's only 2 classes per day but he's got this horrible attitude and became all resentful toward the whole family and struggling with his sense of self. We've been supporting his choice, and trying to help him figure out how to withstand all the negativity. First semester grades came in yesterday. He earned an A and a B and apparently proved to himself whatever he was trying to prove. He asked us to unenroll him. Beast has been pushing to pull him out anyway, and I've been tempted too. Of course, we were happy to oblige. And today he was suddenly himself again! He slept the whole night last night (he'd been having incredible trouble sleeping) and woke up his old self today. He got up early and cleaned his room and took a shower (that had suddenly become an issue too) and worked on things he loves but has been neglecting/avoiding. He was all loving and supportive and positive. I can't imagine it will be quite that cut and dry, but I cannot tell you how glad I am to be done with this public school nonsense! And how frustrating is it that the unschooled teenager rebels by going to school?!?!? At least it didn't last long! lol

post #87 of 88

I rarely post here, because these whirlwind toddler days often lead me feeling like the day came and went in a blur, and we did nothing! dizzy.gif

 

BUT we are living, so we must be learning, right?  So I'm making an effort to pay more attention, and I'm realizing our days are more colorful than I thought! smile.gif   

 

The past couple days were similar - we did puzzles galore (construction trucks, alphabet train, vehicles of all types), put together his roy toy log cabin (and demolished it, and rebuilt - DS also used the blocks to create free form structures), and worked on arts and crafts (namely, coloring with markers, or working on his "snowman" - a creation of 3 styrofoam balls, decorated with pipecleaners, pom-poms, buttons, and LOTS of glitter glue - he has a face now, we add a bit each day when he wants to).  Lots of water play in the sink with different sized containers.  Pretend play - feeding a bowl of beads to his stuffed dog, getting his giraffe and glo-worm ready for bed (with diapers and pj pants), using the firetruck to "save lifes" and "help" various dolls and animals from burning buildings (and terrorizing dragons), or just making his trains and trucks "talk" about their jobs (like loading a tractor trailer with play food, and talking about delivering food from the farm to the store). We've been doing alot of that, because DS gets really upset when trucks drive by our house and have the audacity to keep going!  He played music with his toy piano (usually with his feet, haha) or drums. We had lots of family dance parties.

 

DS has helped water plants, wipe up messes, feed the pets, and poured himself his own glass of (almond or coconut) milk. He points out all the letters on store signs or anything we pass, and he's picking up counting and his colors just through truck play.

 

Yesterday, it snowed, and we ventured out in it to the grocery store and library.  At first, he called it rain, so we talked about how rain freezes into snow when it's cold outside.  We got to see the city covered in white, and what our river looked like in the snow.    He swiped the card and "signed" the receipt at check out.  And as soon as we left the library, he asked for his new books in the car, saying "Books, please!  DS read!" and he "read" them aloud all the way home (so cute!).

 

Today we played in the snow and he made his own miniature snowman (and asked for a carrot for the nose - a baby carrot was just the right size!).  We also played on the playground and took a walk around the neighborhood - DS noticed the snow was melting and dripping down the gutters and off tree branches -, so we investigated (followed the flow, splashed in puddles) and talked about melting snow, then headed home for hot cocoa.  Great day! orngbiggrin.gif

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ETA:  I can't believe I forgot to post the one thing that happened today that made me think "I need to post that in the unschoolers thread"... dd5 was playing with baby dolls.  She found a balloon, put it under her shirt and said she had a baby in her belly.  She said it was itchy and I told her that your belly gets really itchy when you're pregnant..."I just realized that!" she said, then she went to the room, "had her baby" and showed it to me.  It was a baby doll she has with white chalk smeared on it and red clay.  She said it was just born because it had blood on it. 

 

So adorable and awesome - I love this!

 

incorrigible - glad your son is back to normal!  Teenagers often have to figure out alot of personal things in a trial-by-fire manner - hopefully he's on the other side.

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