Kids say the darnedest things

This morning as I was getting dressed and Phoebe was brushing her teeth, she peeked in my closet.  She stopped brushing her teeth to tell me I had nice Mom nipples.  I said thanks and then she told me they were my superpower.  Technically I guess my nipples are my superpower.



Thrilled

To say I am thrilled is a super duper understatement.  Lela has loved horses for a long time and we just have not found a fit for her.  I have tried to engage with different places but none of them offered what she was really looking for and she probably wasn’t too sure anyway.  Enter Scottsdale Equestrian Academy.  When I realized I was spending waaayyy too much time on gymnastics and not enough time on Lela’s passion, due to my own fear and just plain not knowing what to do, I decided to rectify the situation and get out there and find something!  And we did!

http://www.scottsdaleequestrianacademy.com/home.html

First of all the location is idyllic just above Scottsdale in the desert.  Not to mention it is run by a woman, built by a woman, the trainer is a woman and the facility is gorgeous.  By gorgeous I mean that you can tell these folks love horses and love what they do, the horses were happy and healthy.  I honestly  had not seen such a great place in Arizona (but I have only looked at a few).  This place will train her to compete if she wants and let her go as fast in her training as she wants or as slow.  Hooray!  Not to mention the place is open to her volunteering or just hanging around.  Wowza!

Free drinks

Today I drank a lot of coffee.  Then I got really thirsty.  It was cold and raining today.   I don’t function well in the rain and I didn’t have any water.  What is a girl to do??  Hit up a Starbucks that is what!!  Anyhow, I spot that no one is in the drive thru so I zip in.  The guy on the intercom is apparently bored and is taking my order in a funny voice.   Not one to be a stick in the mud I order in an equally funny voice.  I drive around to get my drink chuckling, Lela is slightly horrified at my behavior, Piper says “that was awesome.”  I pull up and hand the guy a $20, he gives it back and says, “thank you for being awesome.”  BOOM!  Free Green tea and hopefully my daughters see it’s okay to be yourself no matter who is watching, or listening.



Grand Canyon

Wow!  We just had the best trip.  Nana and Papa wanted to go the Grand Canyon so we offered to help get them there since we had never been.  It turned out to be a wonderful trip for us all.



I didn’t know what to expect so we went in without much of a plan.  We stayed at the Kachina Lodge and enjoyed dinners at the El Tovar.  We also did the junior ranger program, took the shuttle around to all the sites and drove the hermit road up to hermits rest stopping along the way.





After we had our fill of hiking, walking, eating and being in awe it decided to snow!  So we enjoyed an evening and a day of wonderful fluffy snowfall.  The girls were thrilled as this was the first time at the canyon and the first time they remember seeing snow fall!  What a great trip and wonderful memory making with family.



What is your school day like?

I get this question often from friends and family. I know it is just curiosity as I am curious what other parents are doing for their kids. I have to say that no two days are the same, we have no set schedule of tasks that needs to be done although we do have things we do at the same time each week.

Tuesdays – we have music and then gymnastics
Wednesdays – every other Wednesday we have science and art at Covenant house (once for Piper and Lela and once for Landis)
Thursdays – we have ice skating for Lela and then our homeschool coop where Landis and Piper do a book club and Lela does art and chess

So here is a recap of today:

7AM – Piper, Landis, Phoebe and I get up and get breakfast. I make Phoebe’s lunch.
745AM – Then Landis and I watched a video on how to make a hydraulic machine.
8AM – Phoebe and I read a book a couple times. She is working on the word “am.” During this time Piper is reading a Nancy Drew book and Lela is sleeping.
9AM – Landis and I take Phoebe to school, Piper stays home and reads and Lela is sleeping
915AM I start doing laundry and Piper and Landis start building a hydraulic machine, they get pretty far and then I get involved to help. We get it all built and play with it, making it pick things up. We talk about hydraulics.
1030AM Lela wakes up and I make everyone a burrito. Lela is not a fan of sweet breakfast and the others are ready for a meal
1115AM we head out to Costco where they girls help me shop by looking for organic items, selecting fruits and talking about the weeks menu. Then we check out and they go to the snack bar to buy a smoothie. They work out how much it will cost and sort out the money, buy the smoothies and return to me with the change and their drinks.

We come home and they help me unload the groceries and put them away. I do more laundry, Landis and Piper play dress up with my clothes and then do some gymnastics.

1PM Lela and I play a few games of chess, we look up horseback riding stables and lessons on the computer. Landis and Piper do more gymnastics

2PMish Piper plays a game on the iPad, Landis plays with some dolls. Lela searches for horse games for the iPad on the computer

310PM we rush out the door to pick up Phoebe

This afternoon they plan to play, do crafts and more gymnastics I am sure. Then Jason will come home and we plan to have veggies and snacks and grill out in the backyard. That might be followed by some viewing in the telescope this evening. Then off to bed.

Arabian Horse Show

I think it’s interesting how some girls (and I’m sure boys) come in to this world with a deep love for this giant majestic animal. I respect the horse as a giant creature that could break my bones, crush my skull and bite off my fingers.

Lela loves horses and every year we go to the horse show.  We spend as much time as we can watching the horses and all events she is interested in seeing.  This year we were lucky to go on Sunday and Monday.



Here is my happy horse loving girl.

Saturn!

We’ve had the telescope out a few times since purchase — the trigger point, for me at least, has been the fact that whenever I walk in the backyard and look to the east I see Jupiter shining bright. I’m by no means any sort of expert (or even close) on astronomy, so honestly I’m not sure how long Jupiter will hang around or when it will be back. Which makes me want to stare at it a bit through the telescope. Just something about seeing Jupiter and its four moons amazes me. And the cool thing is, it appears to have the same effect on Piper. Everyone else thinks it is cool, don’t get me wrong… I think it kind of freaks out Lela and Mystique, though :)

The other planet that we were excited about seeing was Saturn. In the research I did for the telescope one of the criteria was being able to see Saturn and its rings, so I knew it was possible. I just didn’t know if it was possible for us :)

As luck would have it, Saturn doesn’t pop into our nighttime viewing until late April / May. Piper and I didn’t want to wait that long, so we talked about getting up early one morning where Saturn was in the sky. Luckily (?) I’ve been waking up early lately, so for me a 5am viewing isn’t too bad, and that’s when Saturn was visible, just before the sun came out.

Piper told me to wake her up anytime so we could do it so this morning when I woke up at 4:45am I decided this would be that morning. I got up, crept about with the lights off to try and keep my night vision, and got the telescope out to the backyard. Saturn was pretty easy to spot once I knew the general area — this giant planets can be bright!

It was near the moon, but luckily it was only a sliver of brightness so didn’t affect the viewing. I guided the telescope over to the area of Saturn, found it, focused in and…. saw the rings of saturn!. Amazing! Clear as day (night), little Saturn surrounded by its rings, just sitting up there in our night sky.

I went inside to Piper and Lela’s room, shook Piper a bit and when she woke up and looked at me I just said “Saturn”. She got this big grin on her face, made a little Piper-squeek, grabbed her glasses, and started to get out of bed. I grabbed her blanket and wrapped it around her and we walked out to the telescope.

I moved the scope to find Saturn again and got Piper her step stool and let her take a look. I didn’t say a thing — I wanted her to find the rings for real, not just think she saw them because I did. Her hand reached up to focus… and then she looked up at me with a big ol’ smile and said, “I see the rings!”

We both took turns looking at Saturn for a few minutes, and then she went back to bed, still smiling. I brought the scope back in (after a quick peek at the moon which was also amazing) and started up my normal routine.

What a great way to start the day.

Valentine’s at DMS

Today we dropped Phoebe off at the Seed with her homemade valentines and headed over to DMS to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their old classmates. I have to admit being a little nostalgic and missing the simplicity and beauty of a Waldorf education and of course their amazing teacher.

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But then we went in to the class and spent a few hours. I still think the classes are overcrowded and I feel like I need a shower for some reason, lol! A cramped room with 30 4th graders makes you need a shower

Phoebe turns 5

We had another birthday at the Haslup house. Phoebe turned 5!!

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We celebrated in fine fashion with presents at home followed by dinner at Oreganos With Nana and Papa Slocum. Phoebe could not wait for her pizooki (chocolate pizza cookie with ice cream). She happily devoured it until I took it away for fear of her making herself sick☺️

This is one funny kid. She is a typical fourth child in that she knows more, learns faster, keeps us laughing and is determined not to be left out. She is kind, loves animals and is starting to be pretty independent. How full our life is, we are so thankful for our little Miss Pheebs!