Thursday, January 21, 2010

Window Notes

This month at church we have been encouraged to write Bible verses on our mirrors and windows for the family to memorize. I have used this before but it was a great reminder of a good trick to:

1. Teach phone numbers

2. Teach numbers and letters (think a number/letter a day)

3. Keep track of clean pants for potty training

4. Write a sweet note to child or spouse

5. Help memorize Bible Verses

6. Memorize address

7. Write name

8. Memorize math facts

... you get the idea

I use window markers because they show up better but you can use dry erase markers. Just a thought!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yellowstone in Winter

Just a quick note while waiting for the pie to come out of the oven. We're having pizzas and pie because the twins are learning about fractions and there's nothing better to teach fractions than cooking and pies.

While I am waiting though, I thought I'd send a few pictures your way of my birthday trip to Yellowstone. Yellowstone in winter is the coolest (literally) place on earth. We got to see Old Faithful go off at 12:02 a.m. New Years Eve ( Day, really). It was an amazing way to start the new decade.

We rode snowcats, went hiking in the snow, saw amazing animals and geysers in over 2 feet of snow. It was one of the most magical things we have ever done. God's handiwork was evidenced in everything we saw and did. I think everyone should do it at least once. If you think summer is amazing in Yellowstone, winter is equally and perhaps more mind boggling. It's also a much more private and meditative place in winter. No big lines or crowds, except when the snowmobile tours roar in at lunchtime, and you can hike and see only a handful of other people which makes it really special. There is no t.v., no computers, no real phones so we played games and read books and thoroughly enjoyed our time together.

The kids also got their Jr. Ranger Yellowstone in winter badge - they have the summer badge but not many get the winter badge! Oh and I am sooooo counting this as school!