Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Catching up

Since the update I've had trouble posting pictures and entries have been taking forever to load.  So, I've been waiting until I had some time to sit and wait for the entries to go through.  Tonight's the night.  As long as HSB cooperates I'll be getting all our activities of the last week posted.  Aren't you all excited?

Here are some of the books we read last week.

The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, Michael Hague's version of The Nutcracker, The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister, The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne, All You Ever Need by Max Lucado, Corduroy's Christmas by Don Freeman (this was a book given to E on her first Christmas by Aunt Susan, she was only 2 months old :-) ),  How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss of course, Alvin Tresselt's version of The Mitten, Counting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri, The Tree that Came to Stay by Anna Quindlen, Henry Van Dyke's The Other Wise Man retold by Pamela Kennedy, A Special Place for Santa by Jeanne Pieper, The Night of the Child text by Robert Benson, The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden.  We also read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever , which we all really enjoyed.

The girls made these ornaments for their piano teacher.  They had fun making these simple but unique ornaments.

We had a Christmas Party with our Homeschool Mother Daughter bookclub.  It was at one of the members homes in the evening where the whole family was invited to come.  We all brought cookies to share, the kids did some crafts and all the girls read their  favorite Christmas book to the group.

R making her baby Jesus

The girls working on a craft.  E. is the farthest on the left in light purple and A. is 3rd from the left in dark purple.

This is a picture of me w/ J at the party.  The background is the girls reading their stories.  I don't think I've ever posted a picture of me from this decade, so here it is.  I'll post another one in another 10 years. LOL I take after my mother, I don't like pictures of me.

We went to a local park w/ some fellow homeschooling friends that is decorated for Christmas with lots of lights, characters and a scale model (I don't remember the technical name) train that you can ride on that takes you through the park and all the light displays.  Dh had the camera, so I don't have any pictures of the train ride!   We enjoyed going out for the evening and having fun with our friends.  The lights were beautiful and the train ride, as always, didn't disappoint.  My 3 yo was especially excited.

We've attempted a few more ornaments that were flops.  None of the glue I own will stick foam together.  I don't know why but it just won't work!  It's been frustrating to me because I'm really not a crafty person and I was only doing this to have "fun" with my girls.  LOL  I scraped the ornaments and we just read instead.

We've also been baking Christmas goodies this week.  I've made Peppermint chocolate bark, which is really, really good and a potato chip/pecan cookie that I got from a fellow FIAR mom.  Tomorrow we're going to bake some other type of cookie, I'm not sure which one yet.   Or maybe I'll make some rock candy.  The girls have been wanting me to make some since they recently tasted some.

A. my 7 year old loves to create things out of tiny little things.  She's the one out in the mud creating sculptors or the one who takes the styrofoam from a package and  whittles it away to create some type of masterpiece.  Lately, she's been seeing things in her food.  Here's her latest creation. 

Any guesses as to what it is she "saw" in her pecans and created this landscape masterpiece on our kitchen table?

Tomorrow I'll post another picture that centers in on one particular part of her landscape and maybe a hint.  That's of course if no one gets it by then.  Oh, and if you're my husband, you can't play.

Leave your guesses in the comments.  Maybe I'll even send the winner a prize.  Oh wow, did I just make my own contest?  Of course, I don't have too many vistors (or at least visitors that leave comments that is!) to my little blog, so your chances of winning are pretty good!   I'll think of a prize and let you all know tomorrow.  Maybe some of our homemade treats.  Yum.

Don't forget to leave a comment and who you are!




Anonymous said...

Could it be a creche? Somehow the one looks a little "Baby Jesus" like to me. Is that odd?


Chris, GA said...

The heavenly host, the shepherds...Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus!

Chris, GA said...

Maybe the star too...LOL!

Calhouns said...

Hi this is Alana from FIAR boards.

Ben says it is a pyramid.

Molly says it is the desert.

Both are yelling EGYPT!

I am thinking monument valley in Utah.

Can't wait to find out!

purplesquirrel said...

Hi, Linda~

What fun!

How creative she is! (BTW, this is Lis in MA from the FIAR boards)

I'm seeing the whole pecans as the Heavenly Host, a Nativity in the lower right corner, with a star overhead, and the flowers are... the hillside where the shepherds had been tending their sheep...??

and BTW, it is nice to see a picture of YOU :)



Anonymous said...

I see a nativity at the lower right side of the picture. I thought maybe the big area of pecans might be a star over Bethlehem.

Shonda said...

It reminds me of the shepherds tending their flock and the angels announcing Jesus' birth. The walnut that is on it's own in front is the announcer and the large group is the heavenly host singing praises. :)

My other thought was....the walnuts look like vultures. Weird, I know. :)

Shonda said...

So, I guess I don't know my nuts! Lol Pecans, not walnuts. (giggle) Yeah, yeah, a nativity scence. That's what I was trying to say....;)

Shonda said...

So, I guess I don't know my nuts! Lol Pecans, not walnuts. (giggle) Yeah, yeah, a nativity scene. That's what I was trying to say....;)

Ugh-spelling mistake. Am I driving you nuts yet???

Anonymous said...

Clearly it is the angels visiting the shepherds in the fields! This is Gwen in TX from FIAR. :)

KristenS said...

I'm guessing a Nativity set, with a whole bunch of angels over the stable and shepherds and wise men off to the side. But I really don't know for sure.

What a fun idea!

Rachel said...

I'm so glad I finally got to put a face with a name! (I'm Rachel from the FIAR board.) You are very pretty!

I can't figure out what that is for the life of me! How creative though!

KindredHeart said...

I'm not going to make a guess, as I cheated and read all the previous comments already. ;) I do, however, want to commend your daughter's creativity. She's awed me countless times with her talent!

And by the way, I'm delighted to see a current picture of you, friend! You are lovely (both inside and out), and your eyes just radiate with joy.

Merry, Merry Christmas, my friend!