Thursday, March 21, 2019

D is for Disneyland (Day 3)

Disneyland!

Our field trip feature for the letter D this week is our 3rd day at Disneyland from our trip back in November 2018. Disneyland is the ultimate field trip. I realized while there that there is so much to see and do, and even learn!

We went during the down week. Meaning it was the week that things were transitioning from halloween to Christmas. So there were no parades, no fireworks in the evenings, and lots of other things were taking a break until the Christmas opening day celebration. We were hoping by going that week that it'd be less busy. It wasn't too bad I guess, and it was kind of fun seeing the Christmas stuff slowly get set up. We were sad that we couldn't come for the opening day of the Holiday celebration. It looked like it would have been amazing.

There were still some fun things to see decorated for Halloweeen. The Haunted House was all decorated in The Nightmare Before Christmas theme. We went on that ride on the first day. We came across this fun scene in a store...

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So, these pictures are just in random order because I don't remember exactly when things happened. Alex had been eyeing this Mickey hat for the first 2 days at Disneyland. We finally went and bought it in the afternoon on Day 3, but we certainly heard about buying that hat all morning! He did not forget! He is also showing us a pin he got in the picture below.

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I was just amazed at all the fun little details all throughout the Disneyland and California Adventure parks. This V8 sign was just in the outside waiting area by the bathroom in Cars land. It's fun to see everything just tied into the attractions all around.

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April was trying to recreate some pictures she saw on Instagram, so that is why there are a lot of pictures with her facing away. This one came out pretty cool. So many picture perfect moments at Disney.

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We found a bakery in California Adventure, I think. It was educational too with information on making bread. We stopped and played with some of the interactive displays.

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By day 3 everyone had picked out Mickey ears that wanted them. Aric finally decided on the light up Star Wars ones. These were so fun at night.

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Alex and I went over to the Fantasyland to ride some of the rides we hadn't gotten to yet.

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We did a drawing class at California Adventure. All of us learned to draw Sully from Monsters Inc. The drawings from each of us:

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Me--Desiree
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I think this one is Aaron
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Alex
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April--the resident artist in our home
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Aric
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I think this one is Dad's
We spent some time in tomorrow land before we left. Rode the Star Wars ride and finally this rocket one. Our last day at Disneyland was coming to a close too fast.

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Seeing Aric's ears light up at night was pretty fun...

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It was finally time to go. I was surprised at how sad I was at that moment when we were walking out toward the exit. We lingered a little by the Christmas tree...

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Took some pictures, and said goodbye to a fun 3 days at Disneyland...

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Some of us said goodbye in their own unique way...

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I said goodbye while nearly crying because the memories we made there were just so great. I know it's a lot of money, but if  you ever have the chance to visit Disneyland it's worth it. There's so much to see and do, the experience is just incredible. I still think about this trip, and it makes me happy. So many happy memories, and believe me we had moments where things weren't so happy too. Here's to one of the greatest field trips ever! Disneyland!

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This wraps up our Letter D Blogging Through the Alphabet. I am linking this up to #abcblogging.

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If you'd like to see our other 2 days at Disneyland I have them posted here: Day 1 and Day 2. Also, I did a special post about Cars land.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: Qwirkle!

Qwirkle is a game with colorful tiles that are just fun to play with. He started out with this...

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Then this...

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Then we played it for game night!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Drive Thru History (A REVIEW)

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Acts to Revelations in The New Testament
I love all that there are so many great ways to learn history these days, and one resource that I have just loved is Drive Thru History® with Dave Stotts. My car loving boys really enjoy it too. I mean this guy literally drives through history usually with some cool old off-roading rig. I was excited when this time we got to view the Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" set because we are studying the New Testament this year in our home. It will be a great addition to our studies when we get to those sections. For now I am just watching them on my own to preview them for this review, and so I have an idea of what they will be featuring for when we get there. Although, my boys did join me for an episode because they saw I was watching, and wanted to join in.

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The front cover with the DVD's and the cover of the study guide.
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This is the thickness of the whole DVD case, and the book is in the middle.
We received a physical set of DVD's for this review. It came in a nice sturdy case with a slip cover to keep it all closed up. When the DVD case is out of the slip cover it opens up like a book with the DVD's securely in place on the inside covers and a study guide in the middle. The study guide is part of the case so it doesn't come out, and therefore the whole case really does act like a book too. There's no chance of loosing that study guide!

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Pulling the slip cover off reveals a book-like DVD case.

The study guide has full color pages all throughout with many beautiful pictures like you'd find in the episodes. There are questions for each episode which is great for discussion with the kids/family after (or even during with pauses) the viewing. There are also quotes, "side roads" (bits of fact or information), and scripture reading suggestions for each episode.

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A page from the study guide. This is an example of the art work that can be found throughout the episodes.
The episodes themselves are amazing. They are captivating with beautiful scenery, historical sights, funny stories, lots and lots of history, facts, fun music, interesting people, and so much more. All while Dave Stotts is driving a cool car. The art work throughout each episode is fun to watch. It pops in and out, and moves around sometimes looking 3D as Dave talks and walks around the places where the history actually took place. Scripture and quotes are sprinkled throughout, and I love that the words are intertwined with the scenery. It's always fun to read the floating words as you watch, so you don't have to take your eyes away from the beautiful scenery. All in all the episodes are such great quality, and fun to watch.

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Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" is packed with information from that whole section of the New Testament from Acts to Revelation. I haven't been able to watch all of them, but I am excited to when we get to that section in our New Testament studies. The boys will love them too. I am also happy to have that study guide right there in the case if we need it. I love that I won't have to chase that thing around!

If you'd like to see what others had to say about Drive Thru History you can click on the image below to find the other crew members' reviews.

Drive Thru History®
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Friday, March 15, 2019

ARTistic Pursuits (A REVIEW)

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It's no secret that we love art at our house. We also have loved using ARTistic Pursuits Inc. for many years, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to try out another book from their new series K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8. Each book in this new series focuses on a time in history, the art from that time period, and art projects that bring it all alive. From the 8 books we chose Art of the Middle Ages, K-3 Vol. 3.

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We received a beautiful full-color hard-cover book complete with a DVD and Blu-ray for the video art instructions. The pages are full of beautiful art pieces from history, examples for projects, and text to guide us through it all. The lesson/reading is short, about 1-3 pages followed by an example of what the art project will be. Finally, there is a video portion with step by step instructions on how to do the art project. These lessons are simple to follow, but some of the art projects can be a bit complex. Depending on the age of the child there is a good amount of parent involvement too. These lessons are wonderful to read together, and some children (especially younger ones) will need some help with some of the steps from these projects. They use some awesome materials that go beyond paint, crayons, and markers.

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All of our materials ready for the first lesson

For example, our first lesson in Volume 3 uses paper for weaving, but it also involves some tricky maneuvering and measuring to make sure that things will work out in the end. My 2nd grader definitely needed me by his side through the whole process, but it was great for him. He has never done weaving before, and it also included some measuring that he's never really used before too.

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The DVD also introduces the middle ages in a fun imaginative way.

After we read the lesson together, and talked about the time period of the Middle Ages, we moved onto the DVD portion to do the art project. It worked best for us to use the laptop at the table.

The step-by-step process on the DVD is perfect. We have the ability to pause if needed, and we did! When we paused we talked about the steps, and what he thought might happen next.

Art Project: Paper Loom Weave

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Started out by cutting the paper in a special way.

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He was amazed at how that worked!

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Having a video lesson for the art project really helps with the visual part of art, and following difficult steps.
Followed the video to start the weaving process.

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He's up for this challenge, and actually finds weaving kind of fun.

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The end product!

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That set the stage for the more difficult project of weaving a crown.

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It loooks like it took a really long time to make, but it actually went pretty fast. Especially since he had just learned how to weave the regular paper. The steps are quick, but still involved.

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Voila! A crown for a proud boy.

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This is the 2nd book in this series we have tried (we reviewed the first one previously), and we have loved both. I am looking forward to collecting them all, as they all look like they have some great art and history lessons. If you want to see what the other books might offer, the review crew each received different books, so click on the image below to see what some of the other volumes offer.

Kindergarten to Third Grade Art following History in Chronological Order {ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Reviews}

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

C is for Coast (Oregon Coast)

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Our field trip for the letter C is a day spent at the coast last week. My oldest daughter had an orchestra concert for the kids over there, so we drove her out early one morning, dropped her off, and spent the morning/afternoon exploring. Then we picked her up about 1:30, had some ice cream and headed back home. I was really worried the night before as I was planning out what we would do because the forecast was showing rain. Lots and lots of rain. And, we have to go over a mountain to get there so I was also a little worried about the colder temperatures and possible snow as we went over the mountain. As you can see the day turned out beautiful, but we did hit some snowy/slushy rain as we went over the mountain. And, it pretty much rained the whole drive. Eventually, it did stop raining, and the sun even came out later in the morning. We zoomed over to the beach as soon as I saw that sun break. I wasn't sure how long it would last, and I had one boy who just couldn't wait to get his hands in the sand... (the one wearing blue!)


Looking at the blue sky you wouldn't think it was just raining all morning! Coming over the top of the dune was just pretty...

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Ahhh! Peace. I could just spend all day here. If it's not raining.

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This kid didn't waste time digging in the sand.

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Still so pretty...

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We did some beach combing, and Aric found this sand dollar.

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And crabs...

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And driftwood...

These 2 had a blast just looking around. I loved the peace and quiet because all I could hear was the ocean. It was nice to have some space after the long car ride! And see those clouds in the distance? Those are what we saw most of the morning.

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One of the things we like to watch on the 2 hour drive to the Oregon coast is The Blue Planet. It's an educational way to spend the time in the car. We've gotten through 3 of the 4 discs with this and the last trip to the coast. I don't see them, but I hear them so I learn all the interesting facts too.

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After the beach we headed to The Oregon Coast Aquarium for a few hours. This shark encounter tunnel is always peaceful to sit in and watch the fish.

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The jaws at the end make for a fun picture.

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The octopus was actually out (a rare event), so we got to see it. The volunteer actually came over and asked us if we had seen it, and let us know it was out. I thought that was pretty cool.

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I love visiting the coast. I think the Oregon coast has some beautiful things to see. We didn't even get out to hike or anything which is something we'd usually do if the weather had been a bit better. There are some great hikes and beautiful scenery on the Oregon Coast.

That wraps up this blogging through the alphabet letter C post. I am linking this up with a Blogging Through the Alphabet linky party.

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