Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The class was great fun with friends ;-)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Of course, the food was great and we also had fun playing "Dirty Santa" - which was a bit of a difficult concept for the kids to understand. We received such "lovely" gifts, but somehow they got left at their house - perhaps accidentally on purpose ;-)
Here's a video of our girls and their cousin, Riley, singing the Chipmunks Christmas song. What talent ;-)
We had a lot of fun opening our gifts and Steve and I especially loved all the homemade things the girls made for us. The girls were so sweet and had bought gifts for each other this year out of their own money. "M" also surprised "A" by making her a felt scarf. When asked about their favorite gifts, "M" said hers was Dance Praise (a contemporary Christian dance game that plugs into your computer) and "A's" favorite gift was the Prince Caspian movie. After gifts, we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast, watched the Christmas parade on TV and of course, had fun playing playing with our new toys ;-)
It's kind of funny how the girls don't believe in Santa anymore but they like to pretend that they do. We still had to do "cookies and milk" for Santa and check his progress on NORAD. They also had to check the sky before they went to bed to see if they could see Santa heading our direction - and they did, by the way!
Here's a video of the girls wishing everyone a Merry Christmas...
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Here's a few websites our family likes to visit to remind us of the REAL reason for the season...
The Christmas Story - Animated story of the birth of Christ
The First Christmas - listen to the story on-line
Build a Nativity - Interactive and fun ;-)
Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus! - Post a birthday message to Jesus
The Christmas Story - Comic book style
Adventures in Odyssey - Christmas episodes on-line
Audrey's Christmas Page - Coloring pages, puzzles, games, recipes and stories
A Kid's Heart - Lots of fun Christmas activities
Did you know that Santa has a blog?! Yes, it's true! You can find it here along with lots of answers to questions you might have like "Why is Santa's coat red and white and not blue and green?" and "How does Santa get down the chimney?" It's very informative, so check it out!!! And you won't believe this, but the reindeers even have a blog! Check theirs out here.
Here's a few more of our favorite Santa sites we like to visit...
Santa.com - Includes Santa's storytime, Christmas activities, crafts, recipes, printables and music.
NORAD Santa Tracker - NORAD provides aerospace warning and control for North America 365 days a year. On Christmas Eve, they turn their attention to Santa, tracking his yearly gift-delivering journey from the North Pole. The Santa Tracker itself goes live at 6am EST on December 24th. In the meantime, you will find the unique history of the Santa Tracker, holiday-themed games (a new one released each day) and updates from the North Pole at www.noradsanta.org, the official NORAD Tracks Santa website.
NorthPole.com - Enjoy the joy and magic of Christmas in Santa’s Secret Village! You are invited to experience a traditional look at Christmas through the many free activities at northpole.com. Write to Santa, read stories, enjoy Karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories to color—even put you or your child in a personalized story! The stories and activities combine traditional feelings of Christmas goodwill with state-of-the-art computer technology—all richly illustrated with original artwork.
EmailSanta.com - Celebrating more than 10 years on-line & more than 1 million letters a year! And Santa still replies to every letter faster than reindeer fly! Promise!
Santa calls - Send or receive a call from Santa for just $2.49. (We did this last year and the girls LOVED it!)
Photo of Santa at your house - I just discovered this fun site! Their website says, "Our team of elves has made it simple to turn your photo into a memorable keepsake in a few easy-to-follow steps on our Web site."
Step 1 - Upload Your Photo
Take photo of your room as it will look Christmas Eve
Follow the prompts to upload your photo to our Web site for editing
Step 2 - Select Your Santa
Follow the prompts to choose one of our Santa images to insert in your photo
Choose from a variety Santa poses - sitting, standing or kneeling
Follow the prompts to blend the Santa into your photo using our simple controls to resize and match coloring
Step 3 - Download and enjoy
Follow the prompts to checkout when you are happy with your Santa and photo adjustments
Enter payment information via our secure server process by Authorize.net
Follow the prompts to instantly download your magical photo
Print or display on your computer screen Christmas morning
Christmas Crafts and Kids in the Kitchen - includes fun recipes like Rudolph Poop, Candy Cane Cookies and Frosty's Juice!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here's where we did our lessons all week - in my bedroom in front of our little fireplace to keep us warm!
The girls created "Sand Art" and made lots of other Christmas presents to give away.
We had lunch and a playdate with friends. What lovely outfits the girls are wearing and yes, "A" raided the make-up drawer.We dressed up and sang Christmas carols - believe it or not, this is not our "homeschool uniform". :-)
We built things with cards...
And played dominoes...
All in all, it was a relaxing week. It made us slow down and enjoy life at home, which doesn't happen as often as it should!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I have no idea who this lady is but I just had to take her picture. She actually brought her knitting to the concert! I'm sure her son was so proud. I was feeling old at the concert, but not that old!
Toby Mac put on a great show and the girls had a great time!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
For some reason, I am seeing pink, black and white as the color scheme. Girls are pretty much the only ones that go up there so we can make it as girly as we want ;-) In my mind, I am seeing hot pink on the bottom third of the wall, then a black wood trim border with white painted on the upper two-thirds of the wall. We also have a shelf all around the room near the ceiling that I plan on painting black. Of course, I can't leave the white plain, so I'm thinking of painting big, black, swirly designs everywhere. Something similar to this...
And I would finish the room off with more black, pink and white accessories. I'm sure this can all be done in a quick weekend (with the help of Ty and his possie)! Let me know what you think or if you have any more suggestions! It will probably take us a little while but I'll post pictures when we're done ;-)
Last night, the kids got to show off some of their art work from this past session at an Art Gallery Night. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it because I was a "little" under the weather. I really wish I could have been there but I heard it went really well and the kids enjoyed showing off their work to their family and friends. My girls participated in the class and here is some of their art work...
This fish was drawn in black glue (made by mixing a small amount of black paint with Elmer's glue. You mix this right in the tube then squeeze out your design. Simple and fun but be sure to let it dry thoroughly before adding paint or color!). Bright pastels were used to color in the picture and background.
This heart was drawn with black glue then color was added with watercolor paints.
This picture was inspired by Eric Carle. He made most of his illustrations by painting on paper then tearing or cutting the paper into different designs to create a collage effect.
Picture drawn with black glue and colored in with bright pastels.
An Eric Carle inspiration - paper collage of a castle with a princess and frog prince
An Eric Carle inspiration - paper collage of a "fashion girl"
Picture drawn with black glue and colored in with bright pastels