Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This game gets played EVERY DAY. Elora got it for Christmas (Thanks, Auntie Heather!) and I would not be lying to tell you that it has been played every single day since then. You try to wake the queens, and for this you need a king. You can steal a queen with a knight, defend her with a dragon. You can put an opponent's queen back to sleep with a sleeping potion, or save her wand. The cool part, though, is that the rest of the cards are numbers. You can lay a number down on the discard pile to try to get a "power card", OR an addition equation...as in 3 + 4 + 7...and get THREE new cards instead. Elora, who has been doing addition in school, can now figure out everything under 10. "I"M A NEW ADDER GIRL!" was the shout the day she no longer needed a buddy to play. Amarra can do the simplest sums, but will bring her hand to Mama or Daddy to check if "any of dese go togedder" for anything more complicated. I'll usually join in on a hand or 2 during the day and Joel will usually play a few rounds in the evening. He has fun, too. We're winning him over!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Meet Camelia Cecelia Zezzelia. She joined us for school one day this week during Elora's absence. Camelia is an opera singer. She speaks in a very genteel voice and uses words such as "delightedly", "marvelous" and "dahling". Aaah, the imagination of the 5 year old girl.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
All of the animals were out to say hello! Our favorite is the cheetahs...there is a safari vehicle the kids (and young at heart) can climb into that is half in and half out of the cheetah habitat. So, you're in the passenger area, and the cheetahs are from time to time...on the hood. A windshield away. Pretty cool. (They have heaters under the hood to attract the kitties.) A few hippos, zebras and giraffes later we headed to the rainforest (also usually to hot for me, but not this time!) and Amarra went nose to nose through the glass with a crocodile! After seeing the bats at feeding time and visiting the lorikeets we headed to our nice warm home. But even in the cold we had so much fun! We love the zoo!