kate5kiwis: mystery monday

kate5kiwis

“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Monday, August 13, 2007

mystery monday

S9 put his hand into the mystery monday jar this morning and pulled out:
"Walk around The Historic Village and perhaps buy some gems."
It turns out that we only have $3 for today's mystery, cos we overspent last week!!!

Spot the kiwi(s). Strictly speaking, there's no *s* in the maori language, so the plural of kiwi is kiwi. I know, kate5kiwis is linguistically incorrect, lol. But that's no surprise, cos I prefer to make my own rules.

The lads all had a stationary tractor ride. Then we peeped inside an old garage and found...

a very old fire engine!!
J11 manned the hose and M5 checked the ladder while S9 drove...

We all ran up the hill to the old church: complete with steeple, flanked on either side by native NZ ponga and a norfolk pine tree.

S9 and M5 were astonished and saddened to find a grave of a seventeen year old lad in this old graveyard.


And yes!! We finally made it to the gem shop just before closing, and had long and interesting discussions with the Rock Enthusiast who voluntarily runs the shop on Mondays. He patiently waited while the lads looked around and around, oohing and aahing at the rocks. In the end, each chose a lucky dip and came away with *treasures*. There were seven precious stones in each parcel, which are now all carefully secreted away in little jars here at home. M5 has been informing everyone, "Look! I'm the only one who's got a POWER (paua) SHELL!"

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Kate, you truely are the bestest homeschooling mama in the world! I just think you are one fun lady and you are giving your kiddos a very fun life. You go girl! Your blog always makes me smile,
Love you
shaz

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

what an interesting day you all had :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger Rach said...

a stationer sell stationery

the car (C-AR) is stationARy

;-)

10:44 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

ooooooh jealousy!!!!
*baby voice* will you be my mummy?!?!?!?!?

11:23 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

ooooooh aunty how did you get the big name on top of your blog and the flower thing its so great!!! i LOVE your blog, but i love you more!!!

11:29 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

shaz
awww, i am feeling the lurve girl. i'm gonna ring you and let's do coffee sans kiddos huh X

jen
yes, it was great. we had a hilarious moment on the way home: as we were about to turn into aour street i heard shrieks from the back of the car, "Mum, LOOK! there's the Mobile Library!!!" so we stopped the car and hopped aboard and the kids grabbed a billion books. the perfect end to the day lol.

rach
do you know, i noticed that myself just as i was leaving for chick chat with R14 last night, and with a huge effort i shoved my perfectionism into my pocket and *ran out to the car*... now, will i change it or not?? there's also a capital letter in the middle of a sentence (and there are also capitals at the beginning of each sentence *shock*) in know, i'm not quite myself lol

abbsy
love hearing from you chick: who's your favourite auntie?? lol.
yes, i decided that i am nearly-geeky-enough to write my own header code. it's really tricky cos my blog template didn't have a header originally.
i made a few special modifications myself (guess the movie line)
but my brain is exploding, i still haven't got it how i want it...

7:54 AM  
Blogger BeachMama said...

I love your Monday thing. And how fun that the boys each got a treasure. I really think it is cool how you plan the learning.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Liesl said...

Wow. What an exotic and wonderful education your kids are getting!

12:27 PM  

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