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Thursday, November 19, 2015

American Girl class: Kit week 4 (time #2)

After we reviewed our fourth Kit book, Happy Birthday, Kit, we discussed penny pinching and what Kit's birthday party looked like. For our craft, we made paper lanterns, paper hats, and tissue paper flowers. The girls seemed to like making these crafts just from paper. I found directions for the paper lanterns here. Directions for the newspaper sailor hats were found here. Directions for the tissue paper flowers were found here
 The crafts were all pretty simple and easy, only requiring construction paper, staples, a hole punch and yarn. It was pretty easy to complete the three crafts in our one hour of class time. I also read three pages from Welcome to Kit's World. The girls liked the picture of the kite made with newspaper!

Making newspaper hats...

 Several of the girls put them on their heads like hats! Sillies!

  You can see the completed lanterns on the table, and the girls were folding their tissue paper for the flowers.
 For snack we had Tea sandwiches and depression cake. Tea sandwiches were fancy little sandwiches filled with ham, cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes. The crusts were cut off. Depression cake is a cake with no eggs. We found a good recipe here.
 The 2:00 class cutting their lanterns...
 This girl said the hat looked like a pirate hat, so this is her pirate...
 Having snack... most of the girls liked the cake, but not all of them!


 The girls folded the piece of tissue paper in half before stapling it. Most of the girls put them into a circle, so that it was a stand-alone flower with no stem. I did give them a piece of yarn to hang the lantern and another piece to hang the flower.

It was another wonderful class day, it's hard to believe we only have two weeks left! We are off next week for Thanksgiving break!



Proverbs 13:11
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Caleb's 13th birthday!

Our son Caleb had a great 13th birthday this year. It's still weird for me to think he is a teenager now! He had a birthday party weekend, beginning with a sleepover with THREE friends on Friday night. It was very loud and fun to listen to BOYS in our house instead of more girls!
They had fun playing Caleb's small foosball game, tossing a football outside, playing hide and seek, eating pizza for dinner, and watching the first (3rd) Star Wars movie (A New Hope).They were a joy to have here, we had a nice time with them too!
On birthday morning, Daddy made him #13 pancakes!
While preparing the cake for the family party, Dad had extra frosting, so he put it on Caleb's head! haha
Cool Superhero/ Flash themed cake!
He loved his new Broncos pajamas from Nana!

Some cool Superhero letters of his initials for his room from Auntie Allie!
A nice new jacket with thumb holes-- he's worn it A LOT already!
A new Star Wars bobblehead...
A nice shirt with a BOW tie from Grandpa and Grandma, he looks so sharp in it!
Our big gift to him (besides shoes and a shirt) was a baseball net and tee to practice hitting into... he can set it up by himself in the garage! Then he can practice this winter!

We are so thankful for our sports-loving, caring, hard-working, funny boy! He is a blessing from God!


Proverbs 1:10
My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Proverbs 4:1
[ Get Wisdom at Any Cost ] Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

American Girl class: Kit week 3 (time #2)

We had another fun Kit American Girl class this week! We discussed the third book in our series, Kit's Surprise, and Christmas during the Depression. I read a page from Welcome to Kit's World about Amelia Earhart too.

For craft, we made Scottie Dog hair clips, and I found the Scottie Dog pattern here. I printed it at 35% on my home printer on cardstock, and found that to be a good size for the tracers for barrettes. Kit's mom gave her a Scottie Dog pin in the book, but we made hair clips instead. I hope the girls will wear them lots!

 Here are the directions and supplies:
The girls each got a square of black felt (1/6th of a felt sheet), one foot of red ribbon, one red seed  (small) bead, a piece of white chalk to trace with, and a needle with black thread. They cut vertical slits in one of the felt dog pieces (to slide the barrette clip part through), and put the eye on the other felt dog. Then they sewed them together with needle and thread. After they were all sewn, they tied the red ribbon around the dog's neck, and inserted the barrette through the slits in the back. They turned out really cute!
 Yes, that is my daughter waiting patiently while sucking her thumb!

 Our snack was popcorn and oranges, much like Kit may have received on Christmas morning in her stocking. We were a little rushed for time, so some of the girls didn't eat much. But most of them liked it!
 We also did finger weaving or finger knitting. Here is a great video that explains how to finger knit.
Here are some written directions that I liked too. I had done this craft when I was about their age, and it was really enjoyable to teach to the girls! Here is another project that they could do with their necklace/ lei that we made... I think it's cute! (Note: I gave each girl 10 yards of yarn to work with.)
  Some of the girls already knew how to finger-knit, so that made it a little easier on me... I didn't have to teach ALL of them how to do it!

The 2:00 class working on the hair clips...

 Finger knitting... they seemed to get into the groove of it quickly!

Here is a girl showing her Scottie dog hair clip-- love it!

Next week we will talk about a Penny-Pinching birthday party from book 4! It should be another fun class next week!


Exodus 28:39
Weave the tunic of fine linen and make the turban of fine linen. The sash is to be the work of an embroiderer.

Exodus 35:35
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Exodus 39:8
They fashioned the breastpiece—the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

American Girl class: Kit week 2 (time #2)

For American Girl class this week, we discussed Kit Learns a Lesson (book 2 in Kit series) for class. We discussed Thanksgiving too, and what that may have looked like during the Depression era. 

For our craft, I printed a cornucopia found here. I gave each of the girls one sheet of construction paper. They cut out the cornucopia, colored it brown, and glued it onto the construction paper. Then I gave the girls a variety of magazines to cut out food to glue onto the cornucopia. It was a challenge because there was so many other fun things that they wanted to cut out! We discussed what a cornucopia was and what was inside it.

For snack, we had Oatmeal with canned sliced peaches.  Most of the girls really liked the peaches, but not really the oatmeal. It was plain, they said.

 We also worked on our geography notebooks again, and this time we colored pages for Ohio, since that is where Kit lived. The girls did a great job, as usual coloring in the flags and flowers! You can find the pages here and here.






  The 2:00 class works on their craft


It was another great class day, but I had extra time. I should have planned a game to play for a few minutes. I sure enjoy these girls!

 I am looking forward to talking next week about Kit book three, and CHRISTMAS!

Psalm 69:30
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:2
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 100:4


Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Harvestfest 2015

We had a fun Halloween and Harvest fest celebration this year! We had recently been to a local pumpkin patch, so we had 5 pumpkins that we carved during the day (it was a busy week & month!)The kids had fun designing their pumpkins and carving them, except for the youngest, whom I helped. 


After we finished our chores, we got ready for our Harvest festival that evening. Mallory's mask had come in the mail that day, thankfully! (schwoo!) Bethany had borrowed her costume from a friend. Caleb had pulled his costume parts together too. You can see their secret identities below...
 Ready to carve them up!
 All carved and ready to light-- a fun face, an owl, flash logo, a kitty cat and a hulk face!
Hubby and me dressed as characters from the TV show "Chuck"...
Mallory as Batgirl... love her face!
Bethany looking fierce as Hulk!
Rebekah disguised as Supergirl, ready to save the day!

Caleb as the Flash! He made his mask by himself out of foam!

Our super crew!
 At harvest fest, we heard about how God cleans us out and gives us the light of life, Jesus!
 Bethany playing a ball game while Caleb looks on, as he was running the booth.
 Our annual photo with my friend Dionne's kids, dressed as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo!
 Hulk eats cotton candy, who knew?!
Supergirl Rebekah running a booth.

 All lit up that night on the porch!

We love celebrating the light of life, Jesus with our friends and church family. It is a safe place for kids, while also being dry and warm. I love how many adults dress up too! It is quite enjoyable, and I don't miss trick-or-treating in the dark! Halloween was originally a pagan holiday, but the dressing up is fun for kids. Why not let them dress up and have a good time for an evening? We do talk about how Christians are like pumpkins, in that we get cleaned out by Jesus' sacrifice to remove our sins, and we get a new life (face), and He puts His light in our hearts! Jesus said, "I am come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:46)

We share this message each year in our church, which is the best! We need to be lights in this dark world! As the Bible says in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light shine before men, so they may see your good works and glorify God in heaven." That is the heart of what we do every day. Try to lead others to Christ. We are not perfect, but forgiven! "We are children of light, and children of the day. We are not of the night, or of darkness."  (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

If you would like to know more about asking Jesus into your heart and life, feel free to contact me, or check out this link here. God bless you!
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