Monday, December 28, 2009
Here is Mukluk's latest trick. I want to get them all on video so I can record his (and our) progress for Penelope's 4-H project journal. (It was 40 degrees out, very unusual for us, so my Alaskan girl was perfectly happy to be in shorts..silly girl)
Friday, December 25, 2009
* listening to Josh Groban's Silent Night, while sipping cocoa and writing cards
* Watching the puppy try to figure out what a Christmas tree is all about
* Seeing the girls make their gingerbread houses
* Homemade eggnog milkshakes!
* our annual tradition, watching Charlie Brown's Christmas
* Making homemade fudge for friends and neighbors
* Sneaking around while planning gifts
* seeing the girls giggle and tell secrets
* hot buttered rum made by my sweetie, then sitting together by the fire
* driving around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights
* getting cards in the mail, and putting them all up in our dining room! Love it!
* putting up my Willow Tree nativity set
* decorating the house with some of my favorite snowman things
* looking at all of our own cards from Christmas pasts, and scrapbooks too
Penguin enjoying the Christmas tree
some of our cards..we like to put them up by the hidden light panels in our dining room
our advent calendar
I like non-traditional colors, and look for alternatives to red and green. I love my door wreath.
this Victorian santa is over four feet tall, he is a favorite around here, and the first piece of decor that we put up.
I strung our previous years' photo cards, in order, to this year's card (on right)
our "door" which is actually a tall wooden photo album, full of past Christmas photos
We love Alaskan ornaments, such as these moose and our funny whales..
My grandma Margaret, and my mother in law, Sue, both loved Raggedy Ann dolls. Grandma Sue has a sweet collection of the dolls, vintage cuties. Grandma Margaret made dolls each year, making a total of 50-70 to give to each granddaughter in the family. Raggedy Ann dolls have a lot of meaning to all of us, so this ornament holds great memories.
Monday, December 21, 2009
We have had SO much fun clicker training our miniature horse, Mukluk. He loves to learn tricks and is very smart, and easy to teach. We use Nilla Wafers for a treat, and he will do anything for him. Watch the video: This trick took about ten minutes to teach, from start to finished voice command.
We used this trick for a 4-H presentation, for our horse club, and everyone liked it. So, we are doing a mini clinic with our horse club and their horses, on Clicker Training, right after Christmas. We are excited about teaching it and seeing everyone's ideas!
A few Clicker Training tips:
1. Start with a treat they love. If they will sniff it and walk away, its the wrong treat. :)
2. Use a high rate of reward-click and treat, click and treat, click and treat, until they know a click will always be followed by a treat.
3. Once they know what the clicker is, choose a trick or behavior to do. Its best to start with something they already do naturally, such as pawing the ground or tossing the head.
4. Reward for the slightest indication of what you want. Then ask for more and more until you have exactly what you wanted.
5. Have fun!! You can use Clicker Training for dogs, horses, etc. Its easy and fun!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Goodbye funny fella. Maybe you will be on the front page of the news when I get it tomorrow.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and second cousins watching the display in the sky!
I call this one "The Dying Jellyfish".