Monday, April 30, 2012

Aquarium and Beach Trip

We enjoyed a change of pace last week
and took a trip to the aquarium
and then to the beach with lunch
and a desire to get our toes wet...
though many got more than only their toes wet. ;)

We've been here for two years
and hadn't, yet, made it to the aquarium
so we were glad to do it!

Tooth pics :)


bicycling to produce water flow in the fountain

Learning about fish and sea creatures

clown fish

pot-bellied seahorse hanging upside down

watching the seahorses

we don't remember what they are- lol 


a diver feeding the fish in the aquarium

watching the fish

sea worms (mom's name for them)

Reading about whales and listening to their calls

watching and petting - sea cucumbers and sea urchins

looking out at the ocean

Wetting their feet and more in the Pacific :)

Come, let us sing to {YHVH} יהוה! 
Let us raise a shout to the Rock of our deliverance.
Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; 
Let us raise a shout to Him in song.
For {YHVH}  יהוה is a great Ěl, 
And a great Sovereign above all mighty ones.
In whose hand are the depths of the earth; 
The mountain peaks are His also.
His is the sea, for He made it; 
And His hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95:1-5

~ Christina

Friday, April 20, 2012

Learning Moment Memoirs

Lately, we have been trying to get back into the swing of things.
Though we learn various ways in our homeschool,
I have been aiming to 'pick up the pace' 
with more focused seatwork time.

So I am hoping that by beginning to document our studies, again,
(which I tried to do at my previous blog)
that it will help me to hold myself a little more accountable...
so... here I am... documenting. :)

In addition to our nature walk 
that I shared in my previous post,
this week, we continued to count the Omer.
It has been a blessing developing the daily discipline 
of counting together and reading various Scripture passages during this time.
The children have been taking turns cutting and sticking
the omer stickers to the chart we are using 
and it has, overall, been a joyous time together!

We have, also, been enjoying our study through Leviticus
and various worksheets, copywork, activities to accompany...

This week, one of the topics we read about was clean and unclean animals.
I enjoyed seeing the girls illustrations...

In our history studies, we read about the early nomads, their lifestyle,
and how they settled in the Fertile Crescent.
We, also, discussed how they irrigated their crops,
building shadufs - a lever-type simple machine...
so we built one, too.

It was nothing like the ones of ancient times
but we worked with what we had around the house...
a basin (tub - our "river/pond"), a smaller bucket to draw the water,
a broom for the lever, and a chair...

In addition to watering our half-dead plants,
they enjoyed an afternoon of fun, playing in the water. 

Also, this week held Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The children and I discussed the Holocaust
and watched this video together -
- with information and photos from the Holocaust,
listening to the song Ani Ma'amin playing in the background.
The song was a common song sang by those in the death camps.

"Ani ma'amin b'emunah shleimah beviat haMashiach, 
v'af al pi sheyitmameiha, 
im kol zeh achakeh lo b'chol yom sheyavo." 

"I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, 
and though he may tarry, nevertheless 
I await his coming every day." 

 It was a heart-wrenching video.

In addition to 'getting on the ball' with our homeschool seatwork,
I have been aiming to devote more time to my personal reading.

So I've enjoyed working through my current stack of books...


Tomorrow, we look forward to preparing for Shabbat...
even the preparation day is a blessing!!

~ Christina

"The Torah of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Psalm 119:72

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

To Walk and Wonder

It was a beautiful day... 
The kind of beautiful day when one is compelled to take a walk,
soak in the sunshine, breathe the fresh air,
and marvel at Yah's creation...
and to share the experience with those close to one's heart...

Yeah... we marvel...

And we marvel more...

And we explore...

... to, yes, marvel more...

And explore... explore...

And marvel all the way home...

Take a walk. Breathe the fresh air. 
See and marvel at our Creator.
Praise Him for He is worthy.

"For since the creation of the world 
His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, 
being understood from what has been made, 
both His everlasting power and Mightiness..."
Romans 1:20

~ Christina