Friday, March 1, 2013

December 2012 - Part 2

Most of December is typical taken up with preparations for Christmas, but there is that little bit of activity that is not. This post is about that part.

Rebecca was doing a novel study on The Courage of Sarah Noble by: Alice Dalgliesh in December and one of the projects was to make some moccasins. We had a moccasin kit given to us several years ago and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. Here are some pictures of Rebecca and I making the moccasins together. We think they turned out pretty good:

sometimes she is such a goofball..

Rebecca also did some weaving for the same Novel Study:

We also spent some time learning some pretty cool things in science. (We've noticed that science seems to be the most camera friendly subject.) 
Joshua learned about the buoyancy of salt water by placing an egg in a glass of water and slowly adding more salt. The egg eventually rose to the top! Cool!

Caleb and Rebecca were spending time getting more familiar with a microscope. They learned the different parts of the microscope and they drew what they saw through the lens:

a glimpse through the lens..

Meanwhile Joshua was busy watching the reaction of pepper to soap:

and the effect of soap on surface tension:
On one day Rebecca and Caleb decided to get a jump start on school and they got right to work while eating their breakfast while it was still dark!

Rebecca and Caleb learned about the properties of light as a start to their unit on Light and Sound:

Creating our own 'magnifier' we learned about concave and convex lenses.
 Shining light through milky water we learned that light scatters.

Christine is continuing through her Science book too, we just didn't get as many pictures of the 'action' in December, but we did get one experiment on film. Here she is learning about what happens to air when the temperature changes:

Before we knew it, it was time to start the decorating and preparations for Christmas..but that's for another post...

December 2012 - Part 1 - A new baby cousin!

On December 7, 2012 we had the pleasure of welcoming a new little girl into the Millard family. Tim's sister Karen and her husband Macky had their first baby, a sweet and beautiful little girl named Amihan. As you can tell from the pictures below, we just love her so much!

Caleb was a little timid at first..
Auntie Lynn crocheted matching hats for Amihan and Rebecca!

Joshua is a proud cousin!
Christine is too!
and then there's Uncle Tim..
and Auntie Tasha..
We finally handed her back to her Mom and Dad..

 Isn't she just so precious!

Lots more pictures to come...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Black Belt Inductions

On November 15th we were excited to honour the accomplishments of Christine, Joshua, and Caleb and they received their Black Belts in Taekwondo. Then, one month later, on December 20th, Rebecca and I both received our Black Belts. We are now truly a Black Belt family. They were two very special evenings. Here are some highlights:
November 15, 2012

They each got to cut their own belt down from the Black Belt wall.

 The Candle Ceremony. Passing on the flame to the new Black Belts.

 The slide show. Each new Black Belt was honoured individually.

 Receiving their Black Belts!

The Black Belt Oath

 Time for Cake!
 Signing the Oath
 Receiving the Black Belt Certificate and a new Bible

At home afterwards showing off their new belts

December 20, 2012

Cutting our belts off of the Black Belt wall

 Receiving our Black Belt

Holding our candles after the candle ceremony 
 Congratulations Cake, yummy!

 Signing the Black Belt Oath

Thank you to all who have supported us on our journey to Black Belt!