Saturday, December 5, 2015

Highlights of the Week

It’s December, and now we are officially in Advent season. It’s also my birthday month, and Smarty could not wait to give me her presents (homemade card and store bought chocolate) as well as a big birthday kiss. She enjoys opening her Advent calendar every day and reading Christmas books, but she was somewhat disappointed that she did not get a Playmobil Advent calendar that she came to expect. Christmas is an excellent time to reset expectations a little bit!


This short stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is full of special events at Smarty’s school. On Wednesday, they had a Junior Achievement Day with parent volunteers taking them through activities designed to get them thinking about entrepreneurship. Smarty enjoyed it a lot, but said that she is lacking a couple of traits needed to be an entrepreneur – ambition and being a people person. Considering that she has just one close friend, I can agree that she is not a “people person”, but perhaps she will discover some ambition and social skills down the road.

After School

I attended Smarty’s “Winter Showcase” on Wednesday, and enjoyed seeing Smarty singing her heart out with her “senior choir”.  I had to talk to her later joking that I could hear her a little too well – she tends to sing at the top of her lungs! We also had time for the first big craft of Advent season – making these star ornaments.

What My Child Is Reading

Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure please click here. Smarty wrapped up Artemis Fowl series by reading Artemis Fowl Filesthese kinds of books seem to be popular with many successful fantasy writers nowadays. She also read a book that she really enjoyed – Half Upon a Time by James Riley. It’s an inventive fractured fairy tale that also happens to be part of a trilogy, so I think I know what she will be reading next!

Favorite Memory of the Week

For my birthday, Smarty gave me this complicated “nesting pyramid” with smaller pyramids inside painted with themes from our travels this year. The back of the big pyramid had an acrostic poem:
Bunny daughter
In bed cuddles
Roaring love I feel for you,
Tomorrow is great with you.
Hearts together
Daddy loves you.
Always love you,
Yay to be with you!

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Phyllis said...

I love that first picture and the one of her on the stairs. She is beginning to look like a teenager! It sounds like the Christmas season has started at your house! Funny, but I got the boys a Playmobil advent calendar this year because I was too busy to do an activity one with them this year.

Ticia said...

What a cute card she made you.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Half Upon a Time sounds interesting, I'll have to look that one up. Happy birthday "month" :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a wonderful gift from Smarty!