Sunday, November 25, 2012


In our lives. Thanksgiving week is always welcome to our house – making for a short work week and an even shorter school week. Traditionally we host Thanksgiving for our closest friends who are all “expats” in California with their family far away. Anna had fun playing with her closest friend, but she was not her usual bubbly self this week as she battles sniffles, and her papa is stubbornly sick with cold.


School. Anna’s class celebrated Thanksgiving with a trading day. Everyone brought “items from nature” to school and the kids traded with each other. Anna painted and decorated pebbles and shells and brought home a pile of stuff – her most prized trade was real cotton. We also had a fairly frustrating parent-teacher conference, but I think it’s a theme for a separate post.


Afterschool. This was a short week, and we took it easy, since nobody was feeling particularly well. The second part of the week was sunny and warm, and we spent some time in our neighborhood park. Anna was delighted to be able to make a leaf pile, jump into the leaves and bury herself in the leaves. We also talked about a variety of subjects – Christmas, crusades, suicide bombers, algebra (that she can’t wait to learn), just to name a few subjects that came up.


Quote of the week:

  • Anna: What was papa thinking putting a book full of violence, revenge and killings on my Kindle?
  • Me: Umm... What book was that?
  • Anna: I don’t remember the name.
  • Me: OK. What was it about?
  • Anna: It was about a prince who loved his father dearly. An evil uncle killed his father by putting poison into his ear. In the end everyone is dead.
  • Me: Hamlet?!?
  • Anna: Yes. By Shakespeare. I liked his other stories, but I don’t think I am old enough for this one.

PS: Hamlet was part of Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E Nesbit (currently free for Kindle edition)

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Phyllis said...

I always enjoy the photos you post each week. Sorry there are colds at your house. Hope you are all well soon and that you don't get it!

Joyful Learner said...

Look into Stanford Epgy classes for math.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Those leaves are huge!

Fantastic Anna quote, as always!

I'm very curious to hear more about your frustrating parent teacher conference. Emma's is this Tuesday, and I hope it goes well. I'm thrilled to have it in November instead of January (last year).

Leah C said...

Love the quote. We enjoy Beautiful Stories and Lamb's Tales of Shakespeare. But it is true that some are a little heavy for the younger set.:-)

Christy said...

I hope everyone is feeling well. Too bad about the parent-teacher conference. Collin talks about Algebra too!

Debbie said...

Hope everyone gets over their colds in your house. Real cotton, now that would be quite a treasure to trade for. Hope your parent teacher conference truly was not that bad. I love Anna's quotes.

Momand Kiddo said...

Sounds like a nice holiday. Unfortunately New Kid spent most of the week recovering from a nasty stomach bug.

Ticia said...

I'm sorry about the teacher conference.

Ha ha ha, had to laugh at her comment about the poison and violence. That's AWESOME!