The second our Uber pulled up, he excitedly shouted “Casa Azul, mama that is Casa Azul! Are we going to Frida’s house?!” 💙
Since we studied Frida’s (and Diego’s) life & art through kid’s books leading up to the trip, it was pure magic for all of us to see her home, her art, and make those connections in real life.
There is truly nothing like these learning moments, unlike reading about it once in a classroom...these memories will last a lifetime.
Plus museums costs in Mexico City can’t be beat...we paid less than $14.50 total for tickets for all 4 of us (teacher & child discount), including audio tour & photography passes.
More from the park! Enjoying some glorious sunshine on this beautiful St. Patrick's day with my guys! 💚🍀 If you live in the area and haven't been to Big Bull Creek Park in Edgerton, you should totally check it out!!! It's especially fun when they turn the water play area on in the summer, although just the creek is enough for my wild!!!
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Making pots in Jaipur at #claybotik . The boys loved getting messy and involved in pottery classes in Jaipur.
We had SO much fun! We ❤️ our #nationalparks ! Everyone is so helpful, we usually find clean restrooms, and the girls have as much fun as we do! We love to immerse the girls in the #history , #nature , and #wildlife the parks provide! We can’t wait to go to our next one! 💕 💕
Mummy is so embarrassing....I made some new friends and the kids rolled about laughing. But aren't the colours amazing? Also rare to feel so tall!
The educational bit:
Traditional attire for Rajasthani women is ghagra, choli (also called kanchli or kurti) and odhni. The ghagra is a full-length, embroidered and pleated skirt, which comes in a variety of colours, prints and fabrics, such as silk, cotton, georgette and crêpe. Of all the various prints, the laharia, bandhej, tie ‘n dye, chundri and mothra are the most widely worn. To impart royal elegance, antique borders and Jaipuri gota-patti work are incorporated to the ghagra.
The kanchli, choli or kurti are the upper-body wear. These are colourful and intricately designed and shaped as per the specific body measurements. For an ethnic touch, they are embellished with mirror-work, beads and sequins, coral and shells, and creative-cut work.
"The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place."
I was talking to someone about how brutal our winter was this year. He said that he went to a Caribbean island to get a break from it and I said that we went to Morocco. He said, 'Really? What made you choose that country? Do you have family there or was it an actual vacation?'
I went on to tell him how wonderful Morocco was. I talked about the ruins, markets, the friendly people and the fantastic food. He seemed very surprised but then asked me a bunch of questions afterwards.
Sometimes we get comfortable in what we're used to and don't even consider other possibilities. If we open up just a little more and question our preconceived notions about some parts of the world we'd be pleasantly surprised at what we can discover.
Amber fort again. It really was super spectacular. What an exciting day! I want to use our travel posts to show that it is still possible to travel with kids, even to fairly exotic places, and, I'm addition, it's possible to travel with kids even if they have differences. Both of mine have ADHD (great for travels as they're into everything and always keen to talk to new people),one has dyslexia and the other has Tourettes Syndrome, none of which have ever caused an issue on any of our adventures. I find, particularly in Asia, Africa and South/Central America people are so much more interested and accepting of kids. Where else would you find teenage boys happy to come and play with little kids?
Back to some history - This impressive stairway from Jalebi Chowk leads into the main palace grounds. Here, at the entrance to the right of the stairway steps is the Sila Devi temple where the Rajput Maharajas worshipped, starting with Maharaja Mansingh in the 16th century until the 1980s, when the animal sacrifice ritual (sacrifice of a buffalo) practiced by the royalty was stopped. Boys were pretty excited by this fact! Also by the elephants and grisly history.
Late post. Eisley at work. Inspired from the coral reef museum we went to the other day. She had this idea of a puppet on a stick the day before the marine museum tour. She then created a coral reef-themed painting using used cardboard boxes as a back drop and made a scuba diver puppet on a stick. I let her borrow my acrylic paints for the backdrop so she could spread the colors effectively on a bigger piece. She also asked for my help to cut those tricky outlines which I gladly did. I love it when we work together side by side. She then played a mini puppet show with his little brother.
The town time forgot... We all know the story about Route 66, even the kiddos when the movie “Cars” came out learned about the little towns that were left behind when the big interstates came through.
Today, we saw one such town. Driving from Victorville, CA, to Flagstaff, AZ, we stopped at a little exit and saw it with our own eyes. Homes and businesses left behind like a ghost town in a movie. It was so sad to see, and yet standing there you had to think about how many people had been there before you. To look at the little station and think of all the travelers that filled up, said hello to a stranger, and continued their journey on this iconic road.
We’re happy we saw this little piece of history and that we had time to pause and appreciate it.
We took this picture yesterday while sailing around Guadeloupe Island. Our boat, @endlessplaytime, is our home now. Our family of 4 has lived aboard and traveled full time for 4 months. It is everything we imagined - endless family time, endless adventures, and @endlessboatwork. We can’t imagine going back to land life, this boat life was meant for us! .
So far, we have taken our home to Maryland, New York, Virginia, sailed off shore in the Atlantic Ocean to get to the British Virgin Islands, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Martin, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, & Guadeloupe. .
What an amazing planet we live on! Get outside & explore if that’s what you are into. Bring the kids! Chase your dreams! .
What is your dream? Are you pursuing it? . #catanacatamarans#experiencecatana#sailingwithkids#cruisinglife#dreamitdoit#sailing#catamaran#homesweethome#sailboat#endlessplaytime
Homeschooling in Mexico City... 1. Daily Spanish practice
2. We brought along various picture books on Aztecs, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo.
3. Daily visits to museums and/or historical sites
4. They read to us while we wait for meals at restaurants.
5. Having them tell us what they did for the day, while we write it all down for journaling & copywork later.
6. Lots of drawing at our lunch/dinner dates!
The days of nature-made fort hangs are coming! Although waking up to snow made them feel far......
I can't wait to explore! And spend our days on rocks and in tree forts, listening to the quiet and having conversations about life.
Today we hit up the @azscience along with 1/2 of Phoenix, lol. Our friends @crazyrvfamily were in town and went along with us. We had a great time even if it was crowded. Afterwards I had some mom chat time with my friend while the kids ran around the @heritagesquarephx courtyard.
Yes my child is holding a pigeon, yes they are filthy birds...what can I say she feels she needs to rescue every hurt pigeon. This one was missing a tail. I finally convinced her it needed to stay put and become dinner for another animal that needed food to survive. #roughlessons . *Note to self avoid this museum during school break's, especially when it's raining as well.