Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks!

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately. We, unfortunately spent another week sick so we didn't get much accomplished. Well, I guess that is relative, we accomplished a lot of snuggling and tea drinking and reading books, we just didn't accomplish what I had planned.
Even when we were finally feeling better and we got to play with Hannah, everyone kept a mask on just to be safe. We can't wait for Hannah to be back here for good after her vacation! We miss her so much. We miss Nova and Mika too! They are on vacation too. I wasn't kidding when I said it has been quiet around here.

Despite missing some of our favorite people we have continued on with our work. We have been studying plant life since September and right now we are focusing on flowers. The kids made these adorable flower models. It emphasized the parts of a flower and we even put a little cornmeal on our stamen for pollen. They were fun to make and cute to display.

I went to a baby shower for a friend and made these little rattle cupcakes. They were so easy and I think they came out pretty cute. If you are a copy cat like myself, maybe you'll give them a try for your next shower.

Last week we had our friends over for book club. We read the book Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas. We had a great discussion about the book, did some writing activities, made a cute Indian Corn craft and wrote some Thanksgiving words from A-Z!

After we completed a short week of fun Thanksgiving schooling, the kids and I took off to my mom's to help prepare for the holiday meal! Kimmy came with her beautiful dog Roxy to help too. Ian and Roxy got in some snuggle time.
Everyone helped make the traditional Thanksgiving stuffing! We have to stale the bread...
and grind it up with celery and onions...
Ian worked the hardest. He did most of the grinding since his super powers make him so strong and he rarely gets tired out.
Even little Annika opened her sleepy eyes for a bit to help out. It is one of my favorite traditions.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. So much fun, in fact, that I didn't even take the camera out once that day! Oops. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with Jason's family. It was so great to see everyone! Later we went back to my mom's to see a few more cousins and then finally home to relax with our overfull tummies.

Now the count down to Christmas has begun! We put up or decorations (minus the tree) and have already started Christmas crafting. Christmas shopping on the other hand, we haven't even begun to think of. It's such a bummer that all the stores want money. If I could trade baked goods and crafts for the presents I need from the store I would be all set. Let's start a movement to go back to the trading and bartering days. Think the CEOs would go for it? I doubt it lol!

Good thing Christmas isn't about the gifts! (All of you who are expecting a gift from us keep that in mind hahaha) My holiday cheer meter (as my friend Jen put it) is off the charts this year regardless.
I am so glad that God sent Jesus to us as a little tiny baby. I love to look at my lights and think of Jesus as the Light of the World. I love to hear the beautiful Christmas songs that worship the Babe in the Manger. I love to give gifts in remembrance of the greatest Gift God ever gave. I love to be with family and thank God for how special each person is in my life. I love sharing the joy with my children as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior. I love reflecting on past Christmas memories and making new ones. It is just such a wonderful time of year!
But, in case you were wondering, NO, I am not dreaming of a white Christmas.


Jess and Mallory said...
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Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone is doing pretty well Missy! I love the crafts that you all have been working on. Too cute!! Looks like we both have new little miracles to be thankful for this time of year!