Friday, November 26, 2010
Today's Mama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
My wish is for everyone to be healthy and happy. I know it sounds cliche, but it is so true, and really, what more could you want?
2. What is your Christmas morning tradition?
My husband is usually the first "kid" up and starts making noise so a real kid will get up and start the fray. We hang out around the tree all morning until the grandparents come over for a big lunch. As a kid, I spent many Christmases traveling to visit relatives since my Dad was in the Navy and we always lived far away, so now I like to stay at home and let my kids keep their jammies on all day.
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
A pair of Frye boots.
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
I am doing a December Daily album for the third time using only supplies I already had on-hand. My kids and I always make ornaments using craft supplies from our stash, and we enjoy riding around looking at Christmas lights. We try to keep the holidays simple and focus on family-time instead of shopping.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
We played Monopoly, Clue, and a game called Masterpiece--is that one still out there?
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
I always do an advent calendar with my boys, and we always have blueberry muffins for Christmas breakfast and then a big family lunch.
7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip?
We would head to the mountains to a cozy cabin with a view.
8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?
My wish list would be the wii UDraw Tablet with uDraw Studio (looks super fun,) the wii Wireless Rock Band 3 Drum Set (it has symbols!!!,) and the wii Guitar Warriors of Rock Guitar Bundle (we have almost blown out our current Guitar Hero guitar!) It's fun to dream, isn't it?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
We're celebrating my baby's 7th birthday this weekend with a Harry Potter party, and we're off to see the movie we've been waiting for all year. We couldn't find any Harry Potter birthday-themed decorations at the party store, so we are using a small lego set for the cake topper and decorating the dining room with pieces from our Wizard Chess set and some peel off wall stickers I found at Hot Topic. The kids are coming in their class robes.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Beautifully written and illustrated, Thank You, Sarah is a must-read for the Thanksgiving season. Entertaining for all ages, this book is a valuable resource for studying the Thanksgiving holiday, with a section after the story of historical facts, a timeline, and a bibliography of additional resources.
Here is a lesson plan to accompany the book with a link to the actual letter Sarah Hale wrote to the president and a link to a letter writing generator for students to use to write their own letters.
For practice in persuasive writing, students could write a letter to a public official suggesting a holiday they think should be on the official calendar: Lego day, dessert day, sleep late day...
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Image by Tobyotter via Flickr
Happy Veteran's Day!
As a Navy brat and Army wife, I am especially proud to say this today. We are filling up a care package to send off through Any Soldier.com. We found some awesome polarfleece neckwarmers on the dollar aisle at Target which will be a nice addition to the usual treats we send.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a Veteran's Day Teacher's Guide that you can download and print for free.