Friday, December 24, 2010

What we've been up to...December 2010

I thought I'd post all of the pictures from the last couple of weeks to catch up and be ready to post Christmas pictures right after Christmas. We got a new music curriculum and have been working through it this December. This is the first of the many Opal Wheeler biographies of composers that we've tried. We were so excited to get it and it hasn't been disappointing. We thought we'd start with Handel for Christmastime since he wrote the Messiah. It comes with 1)a very readable, interesting story of his life to read aloud, complete with lots of pictures, 2)a study guide with comprehension questions, character quality highlights and expanded points of interest from the story, and 3)CD of Handel's compositions that are integrated into the story and CD-ROM with coloring sheets that can be printed off.

Handel coloring sheets. Coloring while doing the read aloud makes the activity something all of the kids can participate in. Cecily doesn't stick with coloring for long but everyone else enjoys the time to listen and color.

The Christmas tree. It's very simply decorated by the kids this year as I wasn't in the mood to be picky. :)

Some dinner help.

The kids had a fun project making beaded snowflakes to send to extended family members.

It was a kit that came with six snowflake forms to adorn. I was glad I got it. They really enjoyed it.

Even Amelia could put on the beads, keep them on and create a lovely design.

William with his latest engineering feat.

This was the first year that we planned ahead enough to give Advent gifts to the children for each Sunday of Advent. We've wanted to do it for several years. This last Sunday of Advent they all got some something that was arts/crafts oriented. Here Amelia and Cecily are enjoying their new gifts on Monday morning. Cecily got a coloring book and crayons.

Amelia got some pink wooden beads and elastic to make bracelets and necklaces.

We received a surprise in the mail this week that was picture-worthy. This gorgeous tower of treats was sent to us from The Fruit Company by my sister, Joy and her family.

The boxes had choclate-covered cherries, nuts and fruit in them. That was a really fun, totally unexpected surprise. Thank you Joy!!

Somehow she manages to give away that we let her try out the chocolate-covered cherries. :)

William sits by Cecily at every meal. He does a good job being patient with her and helping her.

After dinner. We settled ourselves downstairs to open some gifts and read some Christmas letters from friends and family. We usually open any gifts that are for the whole family on the evenings of the week before Christmas.

Peter's brother Mitchell, and his family sent us a cute glass ball ornament with a painted snowman on it.

They also sent us a CD to enjoy.
Here is Sam enjoying his Advent gift. He's already put it together and is now painting his model of a F-4 Phantom.

Cookie making, of course.

We haven't done a lot baking actually. So Amelia and I enjoyed making these nut horns together yesterday.


36 weeks pregnant mom. It seems almost odd that the baby isn't here to celebrate with us.

Opening another gift from my sister Joy.

One more from Joy...

A family ornament! How did they fit us all on there?

A gift from my other sister, JoAnn.

This picture doesn't capture the excitement this gift created. This is a DVD series of some of the greatest nature footage ever captured. We watched it this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe there are 5 discs in the series and we skipped the last because of some worldview issues. Otherwise these videos are highly recommended. The kids were so surprised and thrilled to get them.
That catches you up through last night. Whew!! Now it's Christmas Eve. We are enjoying the day so much. Cooking Christmas dinner and getting food ready for tomorrow. We think we'll watch It's a Wonderful Life tonight. Ending with a wish for a VERY Merry Christmas to you! I'll be back to post pictures of our celebration after it's over.


Luma said...

Hey Julie, you look great. I just realized that I am 9 or 10 weeks behind you. I turned 27 weeks on Thursday (a couple of days ago.)

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

The Simms

Laffing Dawg said...

Another great post that put me in Morgantown for awhile, and, in your company. I loved the snowflake project. Such a great idea. I was also really interested in the F4 Phantom - one of my all time favorite aircraft.

I added Morgantown to my "favorites" on my weather channel app so I can see what your weather is up to everyday.

Enjoy the last week of the year, Jones Family. We are so close to welcoming the newest member and I am so excited. (I'm sure I'm not nearly as excited as you, Julie.)

Love and Hugs all around,

Monica said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. And I look forward to hearing about your new little bundle of joy. :)