Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Getting to Know Fort Mac

Orca (7yrs) in blue collar Keiko (4 yrs) is on the cat tree!

Some of the scenery we enjoy daily!

Traffic on a very slow day!

Beautiful rainbows we get to see almost every time it rains!

The Discovery Center

They have this wonderful place called The Discovery Center it is all about the oil sands and how things work and the oil is processed! It is quite a fasinating place! The kids were disappointed to leave as there was so many hands on activities! These are just some of the things that were there! The smiles on the kids faces should explain how much fun it really was!

Our Scientists

Sienna Our Scientist

Seth Our Mad Scientist

Dave's Mini Me

Our Little David

Working Hard

Our Kids Hard At Work

Very Big Trucks Everywhere

One of the very trucks
that was inside the center!
This is huge but despite it's
size it is still not the biggest!
And this is actually a real truck
that has been used in the Oil

Learning Day

Three stages of oil Brooke stirred the easy one!
Discovering the particles in the oil
We found Our Fort McMurray Waldo!

More Discovery

Sisterly Love

This is at the start of the center before you actually enter into the hands on learning area. Before you walk in you push a button and this little cartoon character walks you through the whole place. He is found everywhere in some of the displays, in some of the equipment it is really neat it is like the Fort McMurray wheres Waldo!

Off To A New School

So much has happened since our move out here! Fort Mcmurray is something that definitely takes some getting used to! The kids have adjusted quite well! Brooke has already been to a birthday party and she is thriving! She is not sure about school everyday and all the homework she brings home each night but she is dealing with it with calm and ease! School starts earlier here so kids need to be up by 6:45 am by Thursday the early mornings definitely start taking its toll. Brooke has made friends quite easily as well, as a five year old everyone is a friend. Seth has had some struggles with school! He is very hard on himself when it comes to accomplishing things. He got caught up with the week they missed quickly however this book that the class has been working on called Bunnicula has sent him over the edge! This book is a dialog setup and Seth cannot wrap him mind around it! He spends hours and hours trying to figure it out I think he is on his third round of reading the first 6 chapters. He has stressed himself out because he cannot figure out the point of the book! My little Einstein will not let this book get the best of him! As supportive as I try to be my little man will not rest until he has conquered this book! Oh did I mention that all the required work has been done and he passed it all with great marks and the class is onto a new book! Sienna is a little miracle story! Since she has been here she has excelled in school every report every book every piece of work is DONE she has not only caught up but she has also started working on her science project which is not due for months! She tried out for cheer leading and she got chosen for the Excel Cheer leading Team which allows her to compete against other clubs! She was thrilled but most importantly she was proud of herself which is amazing. Her confidence level has soared! She is making friends (good friends) she has already made plans for a sleep over. It is so nice to see that my little girl can finally look in the mirror and be proud and happy with what she sees!