Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for so many things. My wonderful family, my amazingly precocious daughter, and my kind, caring, husband who makes me smile and laugh, and who is such a wonderful provider for our family. 
I am thankful for a warm home as the cold wind whips across the snow covered ground outside...
For the smells of a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to be shared with friends and family baking in the oven...
For a mother who has always been my best friend and has seen me through so much in my life...
And for Christmas music playing reminding me of the season we are about to enter and the birth of our savior....
And today I am thankful for Internet that has decided to finally connect (It hasn't been working much here the past week which is why you have not seen me here)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Time to go cook 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The cardiac cycle and heart dissection

A and I studied the circulatory system in greater depth this week and focused on the heart. 
After reading and watching a few videos, she demonstrated what she understood by using yarn to show blood flow through the heart and wrote explanations at each step.

I drew the heart and cut it out. She glued it on cardstock and did the rest.

The next day, after coming home from our Bunker Hill hike, which you can read about HERE, we decided it was time to get a real hands on look at what we had learned.
Yep, that's right. It was time to dissect a sheep heart!
 A was able to explore the arteries, chambers and ventricles in a wonderful hands on process.

She can't wait to dissect our other specimens we have...stay tuned to see brain, liver, eye, and even a fetal pic dissection later in the year!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

63 degrees in Alaska, in November?!

Thursday was a beautiful day. I really think it was one of the prettiest days we have had here in Dutch Harbor since I moved here 3 years ago. Seriously, it was 63 degrees! Can you believe that?! 63 degrees in ALASKA! Crazy.
So of course, with weather like that, we couldn't spend the day inside. We had to get out and enjoy every minute of it! I have been wanting to hike Bunker Hill for quite a while now, but have just never gotten around to it. Thursday was the perfect day to head out and try.
Just another reason to love homeschooling. We can drop everything to spend a wonderful day outside.

A and I had a ton of fun. 
She enjoyed looking at all the fall colors along the way...
taking in all the views...
...and snacking on cranberries along the trail.

And really the views from the top of the trail are AMAZING!
When you reach the top, there is a huge WWII bunker overlooking the port of Dutch Harbor..

...With a spectacular view of Captains Bay from the other side.

A and I spent time lounging in the tundra and enjoying the beauty of it all...

...and with a world that looks like this, how could we not? 
We are amazingly blessed to have this beauty surrounding us each day.

We exploring the crumbling WWII structures scattered around the top of the mountain. The history of this place is incredible.

A played "ring around the gun turret!" Oh what a childhood she is having. These are the days she will remember for all her life.

The magical moments of childhood play, on top of a mountain overlooking the Bering Sea. She is truly a lucky child.

Ah! One of the most beautiful places on earth.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Outside adventures

We've been busy here learning like always of course, but we've also been spending a lot of time outdoors. 
The weather has been super mild here for Novemeber. Temperatures have been hovering in the mid to high 50's. Amazing really. It has felt more like Spring than mid November.
A went crabbing with Dad and a friend, and they picked up these guys. Yep tht is a truck full of gigantic king crab!
They cooked them up and brought our share home, which Bella was eager to sample!
 The next day Dad and the same friend took A out with them duck hunting. 
She had a blast!
On their hunt, they got to see the most gigantic jelly fish ever! Seriously, look at the size of that thing!!!!
Now back to the ducks... 
Of course A had to play with them and make them talk to each other.... I ahve such a unique child. LOL

 She even got to help clean them :)
 Then they brough a wing home to try to teach the lab to's not going well. No suprise there.
 She also got a chance to see the wild horses on a drive out to one of the coves.

Wednesday was a beautiful day as well, and after swim lessons, A and I headed to Little South America to go beach combing. We had a lot of fun and found some great treasures.

 Now this is the size of the jellyfish we are used to seeing! Big difference!
 The beach greens had turned a beautiful shade of gold and it was perfect for snapping a few pics in front of

 The huge rocks on this beach are always fun to climb on, slide down, and find little dens to play in.

 I played around with the timer on my camera and snapped this pic. I just love it!
 A found a mollask shell and we cracked it open and looked inside.
 More climbing on rocks and Mom taking pics of course ;)
 Just look at this day! I am so blessed.

 More pics of A and I, hanging out and loving life.

 A got to try her hand at my camera....not bad.
 We even found a Japanese (I believe) coke can washed up on the beach.
 And best of all we got the chance to bring home lots of treasures.
Today was just as beautiful, and we took a hike up Bunker Hill. Stay tuned for pics of that awesome afternoon!