Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Our Weekend In a Nutshell


We did not leave the house this weekend - on Saturday, with good reason, as the rain was nearly a tropical storm, but on Sunday, out of sheer coziness. We did crafts, explored China, learned a bit of science (compass), but mostly, we curled up and read Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (the long one -It is astounding how much longer it takes to read a book when doing it out loud!) I love sharing stories with the girls, and I love how it brings us together. I'm sure the time for Pea, who is almost 15, to lose interest in joining our reading cuddle is soon upon us, so in the meantime I will soak it up. Rain, or no rain :)

The highlight of the weekend for the girls was our "power outage" - which did not literally happen, but we turned out all the lights, cooked our (unpolitically correctly named) "Hobo" meal, wrapped in foil, in the wood stove, lit many candles, and continued reading. We also enjoyed a lovely brunch with Grandma, who stopped by for a catch up with the girls. 

And tonight, Pea and I completed a six week Women's Self Defense class. We did, of course, learn many different ways of physically defending ourselves, but most importantly, the instructors stressed the importance of being aware of your surroundings, trusting your intuition, and feeling confident in yourself - not paranoid and worried that an attack is waiting to happen. Our family is remarkably guilty of not being aware of our surroundings, except perhaps Elle. Pea is mostly zoned out, and Hubby and I are considered the klutziest couple there is. A challenge is upon us, to open our eyes, focus on the present moment and be aware of what is going on around us. Not only will we be safer, (if only from walking into things!) but also not miss out on what is going on around us. I have a feeling this will be difficult. 

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