Thursday, November 6, 2008

creation celebration

My accomplishment of the week was making my own salsa and canning it. It is the first thing I have ever "preserved." I was very happy with myself. I don't have all of the proper apparatus but I figured out a way to get it done and it worked. My salsa is pretty yummy and more important, it can sit in the cupboard for as long as I want it to. Now I will be a canning fool. Applesauce is next. Christmas presents galore.
When I ended the last blog, it was snowing here. It snowed a lot for October. We had 3 or 4 inches. It lasted 2 or 3 days. It was awful. I tried to make the best of it. The kids were elated. They loved going out for recess in the snow. I had to go out too. I made a snowman. I decorated it with flowers from my mum and other fall items like seedpods. I was trying to embrace the awfulness of measurable snow in October. I think the worst thing about winter is dressing small children. I don't know why that is such a thorn in my side but it is. When the deed is finally done, they sure do look cute in all of their marshmallow type clothes. They were exceptionally excited to get out side and see icicles within reach. They were thrilled to have them for a "recess snack."

They worked on snowmen all day too. They never quite finished one but it kept them busy. They were all pretty much melted by the next day. I was glad. They were not. They got over it.

On Friday we had a Creation Celebration. We dressed up as things or people that God created and went to the church for games, activities and pizza. It was a blast. Pastor Don talked to the kids about shining their light for Jesus in the darkness. It was really great. Everyone was so cute. Mika in her affection for costumes was particularly excited to see everyone dressed up.
Isaac was a crab. Isabella was Ruth (from the Bible) and Ian was Samson (also from the Bible). Ruth is Isabella's favorite book of the Bible. It is about a young widow who pledges her devotion to her mother in law Naomi. Bella's favorite quote is when Ruth says "Your people will be my people, your God, my God." God blesses her for her faithfulness and she marries a man named Boaz. There is a lot more too it, as is the case with all of God's Word, but that's a basic summary. Samson is the strong man in the Bible. His strength lies in his vow to follow God and he demonstrates his vow by never cutting his hair. There is a lot more to that story too but essentially, Ian was a very strong, very hairy man. He was adorable. Isaac chose to be a crab because he loves anything that has to do with the ocean or fishing and it was easier than making him a striped bass. Nova and Mika came as a family of butterflies with mom, dad and grandpa. Amira outdid herself on the sewing machine making Hannah an adorable sheep costume. Don was her shepherd (how appropriate). We had some other friends who joined us as well. Ben was a musk ox, his sister Emma, a bumble bee. Also, Michaela came as a tree, her brother Elijah was the prophet Elijah, their little brother Jacob was the cutest little mouse you ever did see and baby Elizabeth was a sweet little pumpkin. I dressed up as a leopard (wearing a leopard coat I wear all the time anyway lol). Overall, it was a great time.

We will be wrapping up our study of China this week. Isabella and Hannah both had to read chapter books that took place in China. They each gave an oral report today. Hannah read "Little Pear" and Bella read "Li Lun Lad of Courage." They were both challenged by the assignment but did very well. Their oral reports were very informative and interesting. I'm so proud of all of the work they are accomplishing each week. Isaac and Nova are continuing to fly through their phonics work. They can both sound out simple three letter words and will be reading in no time. I need to get them so really simple easy reader books. (Like The cat is fat etc. ) If anyone has any suggestions I would love them.
We'll be taking a break from our world travels and be studying the pilgrims and Native Americans for November. I'm looking forward to the traditional Thanksgiving lessons and crafts like place mats and turkeys but I'm hoping to throw in a few non traditional things too. Again, if anyone has any Thanksgiving crafts or activities ideas, I would love suggestions.


Gishtu said...

my heart has been warmed by a young redhead fulfilling his dream of coming to church dressed as a musk ox