was the first day of an After school Program I'm offering to the 5th grade class at our small school.  I've called it -  Adventures in Atyrau.

an example of the iconic yurt - apparently they moved with the change of every season.
And today I decided to take the kids to The Atyrau National History Museum.  I thought it would be a good place to start. 
We learnt what the word Kazakh means - which is 'to wander' reflecting the Kazakhs nomadic culture and of course the word stan means land. 
So the boys walked away refering to Kazakhstan as "To Wander Land". 

I always thought these where like water bottles.  But I learnt today that they are for the Camel milk and Horse milk.
I think the boys enjoyed it.  I believe it's important to learn as much as we can about our host country and so this is the real reason why I decided to offer this as an after school activity.

model of a beautiful city that once was - not it is a ruin.  We learnt kings lived in this city call Saraichyk.
Next week - I havent decided yet whether to take them to the Mosque and Russian Orthodox Church or take them onto the frozen Ural and do some skating and sliding/tubing.  I think the boys would prefer the latter ๐Ÿ˜‰


empty house ...... again!

so my hubby came back tonight from London after returning our 2nd daughter back to boarding school.

And now both girls are back in Londond to finish out this academic year.  I'm so grateful that this works for our family and that my girls are thriving.  And that makes my heart happy!

Boarding school isn't for everyone and every family.  And having kids in college leaving the nest and finding their way is also difficult on my heaart - but isn't that what we set them up for?  Is that not our ultimate goal - to prepare our kids to become capable adults?

Full disclosure here - we learnt many things when it comes to boarding school with our first kid.  So with our 2nd one we made sure not to repeat those and it's been a positive learning curve.  So with my third I should get this perfect.....right๐Ÿ˜œ.
But actually each kid is so different so we'll do what's best for my son when the time comes, and that may be different from what we did for the girls.

We are constantly learning when it comes to our children.  It sure is a journey when the learning should never end!!

#happyparent #happykids


Weekends are for.....

doing laundry, going grocery shopping, taking our dog on his walks and getting my daughter ready to return to boarding school.

Its never easy letting go and sending your kids off to another city, another country for an education.  But we do it.  Because we have to, but lucky for us, because she wants to, just like my oldest one did.

Both my girls are thriving and really enjoying themselves in London and also remembering why they are there (thankfully!!)
And now my son will be all alone again.  Only for a short while anyway.


Caption This .....

The locals here tell me that it's not cold....it's lovely.
I beg to differ.  It's cold for me regadless.

Happy Wednesday!


This year I Promise .........

Almost every beginning of a new year I always make promises to myself and make resolutions.

image from PIXABY
And almost without fail,  by mid January those promises are broken and I loose my resolve to honor the resolution I've made.

So............. this time around I've decided that I'm going to do this differently.  And if by fate I come across this quote last night by Henry Moore.  But I'm paraphrasing.

I will think in terms of daily resolutions, and not the year.

Doesn't that not sound much easier - to win the day??!!  to promise yourself that today, I will drink more water, or read a couple of pages of that book so I'll finish it by the end of the month.  Or To do something nice for someone in my community, and to study that chapter so I don't fall behind in ymy course program and the list goes on and on.

So here's to winning each day!!

I definitely plan on approaching it this way from today onwards.  I've made those resolutions and promises and really want to make them stick.

Did you make some promises for this year?.  Share them with me...