Oh my did we celebrate today! The day started with Clare’s Birthday Party for Jesus at preschool. I so adore her teacher and the efforts they make to ensure our little girl loves every minute of her time at school.
We all love you Ms. Lori. Thank you for loving our little girl!
We rushed home to get the rest of the gang, stop at Ingles for a large bag of popcorn, run through McD’s for a quick lunch, and drive to the homeschool Christmas party at the library. Oh my. How very, very fun. It really makes this homeschooling momma’s heart happy to see her kiddos with friends…real friends they want to see and make memories with as much possible. I’m also very, very thankful for moms of big kids and preteens who help be my extra hands and eyes at these large gatherings. What a fun afternoon, but I’m seriously tired! There were crafts and food and a movie or two also. I love these families and the relationships we are building with one another. Finally…I feel like the kids have other homeschooling friends as do I. Thank you God!
Daddy even got to party. Today was Innovative Architect’s first annual Ugly Sweater celebration. Nate received a tin of popcorn for having been one of four winners. His winning category…”Best use of child labor”. (The kids each had to decorate their own ornament for daddy’s sweater.) I love it! We are continually so very thankful for Daddy’s new job. He’s coming up on a year with IA. THANK GOD for his complete blessings!
Our weekend plans are full and will surely prove to be fantastic. What are in store for your pre-Christmas celebrations?
Merry Christmas. Katie and her friend have been begging for some time together outside of events and it just so happens that I really love her mom also. Sure. We will gladly host an afternoon get-together.
Thankfully, a “free” afternoon presented itself and Pinterest combined with stored art supplies given to me by a longtime friend made for a great afternoon.
Who doesn’t love Chocolate, right?
Aren’t these cute?
Cheers between friends.
Clare didn’t get to dip into chocolate but she did approve of the reindeer treats.
I love this picture of our sweet friend.
Plates at Goodwill were the perfect way to use these Christmas rub ons.
I’m thankful for mommas of big kids who are happy to hold my little ones.
What a great afternoon…way too short for everyone, but more afternoons to come. I think a craft and a snack are perfect combinations, right?
We haven’t been to Stone Mountain Christmas festivities since Michael was 2 years old. This year, we were able to purchase six tickets cheap from another family. After debating which day to go, considering the weather, park schedule, and of course our already scheduled events, we settled on Sunday afternoon. I’m so glad we did. The weather was great, the park not crowded and the children happy! We had a great day. Daddy was able to join us for the day and took the “out-manned” pressure off us. It was a great asset to have another set of adult eyes, hands, lap, and arms. Thanks dad for adventuring with us.
Rudolph (Clare was scared of Bumble so we didn’t get too close and definitely avoided the photo opp.)
Presenting the beautiful Snow Angel.
Let it snow! Thank goodness we had some snow angel magic as 50degrees wasn’t likely to bring us some winter snow.
Who doesn’t love funnel cakes. These were seriously the best!!
After walking under the mistletoe throughout the day,
… we simply had to end the day in style with a kiss. (Thanks for the photo bomb dad.) Sweet Max got to hang out between us as his sleepy sisters got the stroller.
Good night all and Merry Christmas.
Twenty students joined me this week for the homeschool art class. It was really cool to see how many different interpretations there were on the night sky. Oil pastel brands react differently to paper and blending which created some of the variations. Also, the choice of color and the ability to press hard enough to blend it also makes a difference. This lesson was a great exercise in using scissors and transitioning from a very messy, carefree laying down of color to a precise and meticulous driver exercise like cutting. I think I’ve realized that homeschool children need to use scissors more often. It’s good to strengthen the hands and the mind as you strive for greater precision and a slower pace in completing the task. I’ll be certain to make sure I add this more into our curriculum also. I love how well the students did in completing their main portfolio nativity scene.
Great work to all my students and a special thank you to those who agreed to be photographed!
As an aside, students please do not forget to finish your remaining trading cards for this fall semester. It is imperative that you work on them each month so at the end of the year you aren’t playing catch up and rushing your work. The showcase will be a fun time to trade with friends and show off your portfolios to family also.
This month’s cards will require you to use the pastels to create a background (morning, noon, or night) and then lay down a black silhouette either by drawing it and coloring it in black, coloring the provided images black and cutting it out, or gluing to black construction paper and cutting out your images to glue onto your background.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours.
Thanksgiving was really great this year! My sister hosted…yea for me. It was a relaxing day. I got to watch the parade. The kids played together. Mom & Jen & Anna cooked a seriously yummy feast and the desserts we brought weren’t half bad either. There were several hours of games played at the kitchen table, a dance party in the living room, and lots of lots of toys strewn about. Fantastic and very normal family gatherings, right?! Just a few pictures to highlight some of our moments together. I don’t think they need much explanation or at least I hope not. I’ve procrastinated long enough getting this post finished. I’m publishing quickly before feeding Max. Hope your festivities were blessed!!
Fluxx is a new Dad/Katie/Michael card game. I haven’t yet played it.
Rummikub is one of my favorites, but I was busy with the little kids so play had to wait until another time. Daddy likes this one though so that was an added plus for the kids. They can’t convince him that their geeky board games are fun. Nate has been playing Munchkin, Dominion, and Ticket to Ride Europe with the kids. It’s a common understanding now in our house that some games they will play with their dad and some games I will play. Those tend to be two very different types of games. I’m told that Papa won the second Rummikub game in two rounds. Unbelievable!!
Just a little photo prop fun. Clare was my inspiration for getting these put together. Thanks to Nate who ran to the copy store to get them printed right before closing the night before. It was fun and both Clare & Julius showed their true photography spirit. Fun!
Anna’s homemade and now infamous dinner rolls. She MUST make them for all the holidays. You can find the recipe HERE. They really are fantastic!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Donovan/Boster family.
Michael’s first Raingutter Regatta was this afternoon. Admittedly, I was a bit frustrated with the “forced upon us last minute” nature of this event. We received our kit on Thursday and the event was Sunday.
Michael knew almost immediately that he wanted a video game theme and more specifically from the Clash of Clans. So…mom to the rescue while Daddy was at work. Michael helped me choose the images he wanted, I resized them and had them printed in color (since we don’t have a color printer). At least, this part we could do until Daddy could help after work on Friday night. I traced the images onto the sail and then Michael used permanent markers to color it. It turned out great, right?!
I’m not one for last minute projects or having to work under a deadline. Although, not perfect, it seems our attempt at sealing the boat actually worked. Who needs 72 hours to cure? HA. Look at all these great boats ready for an afternoon race.
What a surprise to have Aunt Loly & Uncle Nick arrive for the festivities. Thank you for honoring us and Michael also!
The festivities began with the flag procession, pledge of allegiance, and cub scout promise.
A sportsmanlike handshake and the promise of another opportunity to race in a double elimination bracket.
While waiting for the next round, the boys played a huge game of soccer.
Max enjoyed his first soccer game and boat race also.
I’m so proud of our little Cub Scout and his presence at this first competition. He was a great competitor who showed incredible joy and sportsmanship. Well played buddy. We look forward to your Pinewood Derby next. We promise to make sure you have more time to prepare…at least for mommy’s sanity. (Daddy does great under pressure.)