Thursday, September 24, 2009

The joy of new life







Here are some photos of mama and daddy goat. Sean and I put them in a seperate area as mama is in labor. Perhaps pictures of a new baby goat soon?
-Josh



Monday, September 14, 2009

Gone Fishin'

This student has a new-found love for fishing!
He caught 4 catfish in one hour...
My excellent casting skills reeled in a total of 4 catfish.(It took me around 4 hours...)
Checking the bait.
I did make them put their own worms on.
This fish had a nice personality.
We had fun. We fished.
We relocated all twelve fish to the upper pond. The upper pond had no fish and we thought it might be lonely. Hopefully the influx of 12 new inhabitants will make the pond a happier and better place.
It was a lot of fun to kick back and hang out with some of the guys while fishing. We all relaxed quite a bit and enjoyed another side of Cedar Ridge. The guys didn't mind playing 'hooky' from school.
-Josh

Thursday, September 10, 2009

llama group part 2

This student has gone from 'afraid of llamas' to 'friend of the llamas'.
Yes, llama group is that fun.

Enjoying the shade.
Students processing llama group.

Chieftan, Alpha llama and lover of hay.

This student had been determined to not be caught on camera smiling... CAUGHT!

This student is feeding chieftan cottonwood branches.
The llamas are big on hay.


Llamas liketo be lightly massaged on the neck.
This shows trust. Chieftan is allowing her to put her hand over his neck.
This student has built a high level of trust with chieftan.
Chieftan did not respond well to this student at first; just sniffed the hay and walked away.
The student watched others, and tried again. This time she was able to not only feed Chieftan but also pet his neck.
We are excited to work with the llamas again. They teach us a lot about ourselves. They react to our fears and insecurities as well as our confidence and calm. They are instant feedback mechanisms. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be trying to pet the llamas faces, ears and backs as well as putting a harness on them. We will also be working with them wihtout having food to coax them with! It is a great group of students to work with and a nice laid back atmosphere, we'll keep you posted!
-Josh

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Combined Karate








I was walking through the gym todya and noticed that both of the karate classes were combined. Christine (part-owner and sensei at Cedar Ridge Academy) told me that the class will now meet for an hour and a half (instead of one hour). She told me that in general, there is a shift in a karate class at the one hour mark; students tend to become more engaged and the class starts to really get in gear.
-Josh