Monthly Archives: July 2011

Seen in Iceland

The girls have been back from Iceland for a few weeks now and are still sharing stories and experiences with us.  They had a fabulous time and both said the landscape was unique and at times breathtaking.  Both had new cameras so I will share some of their photos over the next few days.  First some from A15.

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The Ripstik

When school ended and the summer stretched out ahead of him B10 had one purchase in mind.  J11 across the road had just bought one and was kind enough to let B try it out numerous times.  When B had the money and had done the research we set out so he could buy his own Ripstik.  It looks like a skateboard but has only two wheels.

He has fun around our street but what he really wants is to be taken to the skate park.

The Dill Pickle room

The Iceland tour is nearing the end  so the  girls will soon be home.  B10 and I have worked hard on his room in their absence.  The wall paper removal spread over two days.  We managed to pull the printed front of the wall paper off in many strips.  To remove the brown paper backing still clinging to the wall took a lot of water and patience.  B10 chose and painted sample squares of Dill Pickle and Jalapeno Pepper then picked Dill Pickle for his walls.

While I worked I listened to various things but mainly one episode after another of Stuart McLeans’ The Vinyl Cafe.  I learnt bits and pieces about places all over Canada, was entertained by the amusing stories Stuart tells of Dave and Morley and enjoyed music by some  lesser known but very talented Canadian musicians. When B10 and I were both working on the room we had some random and rather ridiculous conversations, some of them involving his inventive ideas about better ways to complete whatever tedious task we were doing at the time.

In the lead up to the Iceland trip I knew B10 would be moving out of his room for the painting so I didn’t  push the keep it tidy routine.  When we moved all his stuff out I stressed that unnecessary junk would not be returning to his room at the end.  Together we culled quite a few books, and he hardened his heart to some precious but past their prime and close to useless items.  Of all my children he is the worst hoarder by far so I was proud when he was able to throw away the broken dragonfly and other sundry items.

Tomorrow we will put the room back together so I thought I would post the “before” shot tonight.

Ancient Rome timeline

As I mentioned earlier in the year B10 and 3 other children have been studying Ancient civilizations over the last two years.  We recently wrapped up Ancient Rome by created a soundtrack to go with the timeline we have been adding to all year.  After the photos and recording were done B10 turned it into two short videos.