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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hands-On History {Covered Wagons}

The wagon train is safe!



The pioneers are being led by Indiana Jones, two brave jawas, and some mighty ewoks. All is safe on the trail.

We bought some wooden covered wagon kits at Michael's. The boys carefully painted and glued together each wagon, and decided which of their lucky action figures would become pioneers headed west for a better life.

Hands-on history at its best!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hello Monday {life is good}

Our nearby view!

Hello Monday is our place to welcome a brand new week and reflect on the old one. 

Hello Christmas Eve, Eve, Eve

The boys are hoping for snow for Christmas (not likely to happen!) At least we can read lots of snow books instead, and the boys can play with the fake snow we bought at Pottery Barn. We are enjoying the beautiful blue skies and crisp cold air.

We tried to make our gingerbread house today, but nothing would stick together. It's too cold in the house, I think. We even tried to cheat and use the glue gun, but the glue dried before we could get the pieces on! Epic fail, but still fun times just being together!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weekend Wishes {Santa!}


















After two hours in line yesterday, the boys were finally able to see Santa and give him their lists.

None of them asked for much this year -- they all requested surprises. Even after so much time spent waiting, there was a buzz of excitement among all the kids when Santa returned from his lunch break. And everyone thought Santa was definitely worth the wait. He even kept their lists so he would be sure to know what to bring. Sweet memories made!

We are officially ready for Christmas now!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Kid's Ornament Swap















Our jolly snowmen are finally on their way to places far and wide. The postman had a chuckle over our little "coolers" when we presented them for mailing. The kids were excited to send them off and are looking forward to seeing what they will receive in return. Now, if I can just clean up all that glitter!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hello Monday {I Love a Parade}

Hello Monday is our place to welcome a brand new week and reflect on the old one. 

Hello Christmas!

We nearly froze our fannies off at our town's Christmas parade Sunday, but now we all feel like Christmas is officially on its way.

The boys especially loved that they scavenged a bag full of candy -- always the highlight of the parade. They all liked the covered wagon since we have been studying pioneers, and the Santa hat VW won our award for the most unique float.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Gratitude: Thinking About Our Troops
















The kids are getting ready to pack and mail our soldier package. We are hoping it will bring a smile and a sense of the appreciation we feel for the troops. It is so hard to believe that the war is still going on and yet another Christmas and New Year will pass with our troops still so far from home.

We found http://anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/ to get a list of names to choose from to send a care package, as well as the "Dos" and "Don'ts" for what to send. 

The kids are including several Beanie Babies they decided to part with (Anysoldier says that these can easily be packed in rucksacks and soldiers will give them to kids they encounter) and some handmade cards, as well as lots of snacks, toiletries and other goodies. We are also sending prayers for whoever receives this box.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hello Monday {Still Fall}

Hello Monday is our place to welcome a brand new week and reflect on the old one. 

It still looks like Fall, but we are gearing up for Christmas.

Today we worked on ornaments for the Kid's Ornament Swap. We are making "vintage" snowmen completely out of materials we've been gathering from the thrift stores: styrofoam balls, vintage buttons, glitter, tinsel. We are taking several days to make them because we are having to let the glue dry in stages.

The kids are wishing for snow, so we are reading lots of snow themed books to get in the spirit:

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is a favorite,
and of course Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day. 

I showed the kids how to make paper snowflakes, and we ended up with several really nice ones.