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One of the awesome perks of living on a spit of land surrounded by fresh and salt waters is the great fishing. The last few weeks have been prime ice fishing conditions for Sheefish. The whole town can be seen fishing just off the north side of town when the Sheefish are biting. Sheefish are a white fish and taste like a cross between Salmon and Halibut. I was very surprised by the size of the Sheefish, they are on average 30lb and can get to be much bigger. Some of the fish we caught were the size of Anneliese and weighed what felt like a ton carrying them into the house for cleaning.
Now that the temperature has warmed up slightly, we are able to enjoy the snowy outdoors. Anneliese has always been an outdoorsy girl and, although it took some adjustment, she loves playing outside even in the arctic winter. Whenever we go out, she runs and plops down in the snow making snow angels.She also has had tons of fun sledding with mommy and daddy.
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Winter time means cold weather and with that brings cabin fever. So far, we have been blessed with a very mild winter up here in the Alaskan arctic. One day we even had the temperature go above freezing! Whenever I chat with one of the local Inupiat natives, they say the weather feels like springtime.
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I wish my children smelt like flowers and sunshine. Unfortunately if there were such a smell for televisions, Xboxes, DVD’s or Nintendo 3DS’s this would surely be the aroma lingering through my home. Being indoors seems to be the modern day norm for most children with all of the technology available for them today. So how can we get our homes smelling more like sunshine and less like computer screen cleaning spray? It’s actually simpler than you think. Here are 10 ways to convince your kids to play outdoors.
Raising your kids to be independent, skillful people can seem like a full-time job. But usually the skills are easy to relate: riding a bike, after all, is something that just about every parent is able to demonstrate to their kids. Same goes for basic around-the-house chores like watering plants or taking out the garbage. But when it comes to one basic life skill that every kid should have, many parents are so unsure of themselves that they simply outsource the entirety of the job to someone else: swim instructors. In many cases, this is simply good parenting sense: they don’t want to put their kids at risk in the water because of their own parental issues in teaching swimming. But it doesn’t have to be as risky or complicated as you think if you want to teach your children to swim, and you don’t have to be completely uninvolved with the process. Here are some principles for teaching your child to swim.