Sunday, December 15, 2013

IMG_2384

In our lives… We are still running behind in our Christmas preparation – we didn’t even have time to decorate our Christmas tree or mail our Christmas cards and presents. With the late Thanksgiving and a week of rehearsals and performances, I feel that Christmas simply sneaked up on us this year. At least everyone is healthy. Smarty “recovered” from an overload of her show and was in a great mood this week. She also lost one of her top teeth and now has a new gap in her smile.

IMG_2381

Afterschool. Daughter was recovering from too much activity by doing things she loves best – reading and playing on a computer. She can’t get enough from a free simulation game called The Farmer on y8.com game site. In addition, I insisted on keeping our Advent Journal this week, since we had more time. Some days she did it willingly, some days we had a bit of a fight about it, but we are keeping it going.

What My Seven Year Old Is Reading

She keeps rereading her favorite parts from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and reads some other books in between. For convenience I am putting them into my Amazon affiliate, but most of these books either came from library book sales or borrowed from our school and city libraries.

On Saturday our neighbor invited all the kids from the neighborhood to come to her house and decorate gingerbread houses. She had the houses baked from scratch and preassembled the day before and provided an amazing collection of edible and inedible decorations. We were there early, so Smarty assembled quite a winter scene there. Now we can check this item off our Christmas activities list and think of a special gesture of gratitude for our neighbor for her lovely gift to the neighborhood.

Places We Are Going

IMG_2409

Smarty’s school performed a number from their musical at a special Winter Showcase. It was a chance for her to perform on a real stage and also watch with us the second half of the show where older children performed everything from solo songs to group dances. We all enjoyed this event, and Smarty said that she would really like to be able to do more theater – we will consider it for a camp next summer.

5 comments:

Phyllis said...

What a wonderful week. We are making graham cracker gingerbread houses this year.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a great neighbor! I thought about trying to arrange something like a gingerbread house event for the kids' friends...but so far the gingerbread houses haven't baked and built themselves on the counter...so maybe next year :)

Ticia said...

Gingerbread houses, that was going to be on my list.....

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Wow, that is an awesome neighbor! Johnny decorated a gingerbread house at school this year, and so I plan to check it off our list as well.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Wow, that is an awesome neighbor! Johnny decorated a gingerbread house at school this year, and so I plan to check it off our list as well.