Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Houses!

Well, graham cracker houses... anyhow... we've had a great time building fancy creations and eating candy for the past two days.  Here are some of the edible structures that we made.

GorgiePorgie had an epic story to go along with hers.

Elf created a gummy bear home.

Domo's house was more of an open air courtyard.

Princess Birdie was working on her house until the very last minute.

Blueberry and her Candyland.

This sophisticated modernist gingerbread home was made by Cassandra.

FireKnight and his work of art.

MrJunior1 demonstrating the toothpick spear.

Godzilla built a gingerbread floor for his gingerbread house. 

Rainbow Dolphin won the vote for our FAVORITE Gingerbread House!!

Solshine built a gothic cathedral, complete with flying buttresses and rose windows. 

Ebag didn't have enough candy on his so he added a "candy garden."

FastFlash is hoping Santa Claus will visit his gingerbread house.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sego on Ice


 Our Skating Lesson at the Olympic Oval began with a tour. We learned that we were going to skate on the"Fastest Ice on Earth".  The ice rink has a network of refrigeration pipes below a concrete slab for even cooling. Salt water is the refrigerant - it can be chilled to below the normal freezing point of water.
The ice is just  three-quarters of an inch thick sprayed from a garden hose to create 12- 16 layers using de-ionized water. TOTALLY COOL!

After our tour we were excited to get onto the ice and begin our lesson. We strapped on our ice skates and helmets and followed Marissa, our ice skating instructor, up the stairs and stepped onto the ice by clinging to the wall. She chanted, "March, march, march," teaching us our first skill called "march on ice." Some of us inadvertently practiced our second skill after taking our first falls - sit down and stand back up. Now this may sound easy but some of us needed practice, I'm not going to name names (Georgie Porgie), which segued beautifully into the next skill - falling down. Some of the students (Georgie Porgie) needed practice with this skill too. 

We began by marching across the ice.





Soon we were all on the ice practicing falling. Bend your knees, lean to the side and neatly tuck your legs to the side. After practicing a few times, we all passed.

We held our arms in front of us for balance.





After learning all the skills. We formed a line to play red light - green light using the snow plow stop. Many of us could not stop using our newly learned skill so we resorted to one of the first skills we learned - falling down.

Georgie Porgie demonstrates the backward wiggles.


Cassandra was a pro at the rocking horse - heels together & curve around to touch your toes then back again and touch your heels.


Ebag is off like a rocket.


Princess Birdie


Godzilla on ice! 

Godzilla received a private lesson from our parent volunteer, Jordan. Jordan glided onto the ice and amazed us all with her impressive ice hockey skating skills.



Fastflash

The Olympic Oval gets a thumbs up from all of us!

Special thanks to our parent volunteer drivers - Craig and Jordan!!!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunny Days / Rainy Days

Who wants to go outside on a cold and windy day like today?  We do!!  There is rarely a day that we don't venture to the park or play in the yard, after all, there's no such thing as "bad" weather!  However, there are days that we spend more time indoors... doing art projects, putting together puzzles, cooking, reading and generally getting creative.

We built a puzzle ball!
At circle time on a particularly drizzly day several of the students wanted to do projects in the art room.  We had a beautiful morning building toy cars, painting pumpkins and making swords out of scrap paper.  Even the staff got to sit and paint... Solshine loves her bejeweled baby pumpkin!

Godzilla painting his baby pumpkin.
Solshine's baby pumpkin... how cute!

Fastflash builds a wooden model car.
He decided to make a few modifications to the original design.
There are always plenty of books to read... or to set up in a course like giant dominoes!

Ready...
And they're down!!!
Of course, this time of year, there are plenty of sunshiny days too!  Luckily, we don't have to sit inside at desks staring out the windows, we get to take full advantage of the beauty of the season.
Godzilla enjoying our favorite swing.

Football has been very popular lately!

Ready to play!!!
Cassandra has quite the arm!!


Princess Birdie has her game face on.

I got it!  I got it!  I got it!
Tackle!
It's mine!



















Monday, October 8, 2012

Return to Kitty City

                                It is Friday, 10:45 am; which means it is Kitty City time!                                          

Fireknight, Rainbow Dolphin and Domo with kitty brothers.


This kitten crawled onto Domo's shoulder.


Godzilla, the newest member of our blogging clan, is put to work brushing a kitty.

 

On this visit to Kitty City we were happily put to work. We brushed cats, vacuumed cat hair from kitty play structures, swept kitty hair off the floor, cleaned kitty messes, and our parent volunteer, Alisa, and Georgie Porgie had the opportunity to clean kitty litter boxes. 

A permanent volunteer who spends every Friday morning volunteering at the Humane Society (because she adores cats and her husband won't let her be the "crazy cat lady" and adopt "2000 cats") was delighted Sego Lily had returned to Kitty City.



This kitten has adopted Domo.

Domo pets Teddybear .

Teddybear is the softest, sweetest and heaviest cat. Teddybear reminds Domo of his old cat.

Domo was happy to see Tuxedo again. We hope Tuxedo finds a happy home.

  If Domo could adopt a cat he would choose Tuxedo or Teddybear. Tuxedo is a really playful cat and he has a unique nose.

Godzilla and kitty unite to become true friends in the battle  to end the abandonment of animals.


Georgie Porgie cradles the sweetest kitten in her arms. GP fell in love with this adorable kitten baby.

The Sego crew with parent volunteer, Alisa, walking dogs.

After petting cats and kittens we turned our attention to the small dogs. The moment we walked into the small dog room there was a cacophony of barking and whining. It was difficult to choose which dog to walk with so many doggies barking for our attention: Chihuahuas, Terriers, Pugs, muts of all breeds bark as if to say, "Pick me. Pick me."

We walked the dogs on the grassy area surrounding the Humane Society. Our new doggie friends were so happy to be free to roam, sniff, run and poop in the great outdoors.

The humane society has a rule that you must be 11 years of age and with an adult to walk a small dog. So Fireknight helped Rainbow Dolphin walk a Chihuahua.



Resting after a run.

This little dog had so much energy! Domo and Ranibow Dolphin took turns running with him back and forth on the grass.  As they ran, the dog bounded and leaped with every step. The boys were worn out long before this Jack Russell Terrier.

 


Domo and Fireknight with a Jack Russell Terrier.



We had another wonderful visit to the Utah Humane Society and are already looking forward to meeting new kitty and doggie friends at our next visit.

Alisa nicknamed this kitten Puss-n-Boots. 

I think this kitty is saying, "Come see me again soon!"

We will sweet kitten!