Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Time of the Kings, Cassie's Bridal Shower, St. Patrick's Day

The Time of the Kings and Letter N
When you are learning about various kings of Israel, you HAVE to make a paper crown and wear it everyday for schooltime.  I measured her head and then gave her free reign with the stickers, crayons etc. so that she could decorate the crown.  Easy, fun little project.  

 We started out with her "Hide and Seek Page"  for Letter N.  These have become super easy for her but she doesn't mind doing them so we keep going.  Nice for reinforcement, I suppose!

Can't get over how cute she was with her little crown on ther head during school time. This picture was after dance class.

So the stories this week centered around the Kings of Israel. For our discussion of Joash, we talked about how he did some good things, but when he was older he turned away from God and began to worship idols.  But one of the good things he did was repaired the temple.  So I drew a wall with cracks on it (humor me) and then we made a paste out of oatmeal to "fix"  Funny thing, after we were done, she wanted to eat the paste.  Ok, then! 

Claire's "count on me" activity had her drawing pillars of the temple to count.  Simple this time, for sure!
Here she drew King Josiah who read the Word of God and told others to do what God said.  Notice the big smile on King Josiah's face :-)
All Dressed Up for the Choir Concert!
March is a pretty crazy month for me. The second week of March, I have a huge concert to put on with the kids at work.  Two middle schools and our feeder high school perform at a concert at the Vineyard Church (since it's a huge venue and it can accomodate all of us).  It's usually a really fun concert.  But, so far, the girls haven't been to one.  But this year that changed.  Since Christian works in Costa Mesa, it's a lot easier for him to get to where I am and pick the girls up if he needs to.  And Christian had never been to a District Area Concert either so we thought he could come this year and sit with the girls.  Claire could, easily, sit through the entire show.  Ashlyn, we weren't so sure since it started at about the same time she usually goes to bed.  He ended up leaving the concert with Ashlyn when we were finished performing and Claire stayed with me the rest of the concert.  The kids are really nice to my kids and Claire seemed to really love the music.  I'm so glad she got to hear it and that music and performing is going to be such a big part of my kids' lives.  

In the same week, I had to drag the girls to a Booster Club meeting for the choir which was paired with a Cast Parent meeting for my Spring Production.  I decided I'd take the girls out to dinner before to Olive Pit.  Claire loved the Hummus and Bread and Ashlyn devoured two bowls of the Avgolemono Soup.

So the girls have truly discovered the "dress up trunk" these last few weeks.  It's been fun seeing them get so into dressing up.  Claire will dress Ashlyn and then they parade around the house, making all kinds of noise and making a huge mess (which they are always required to clean up after playtime is over ;-) )

Flowergirl Fun
We've been blessed to have some pretty amazing babysitters over the last few years when I've had to work in the mornings.  Last year took the CAKE, however. We found Cassie through a mutual friend and the girls absolutely loved her.  It was very sad to lose her this year but we are so excited for her and her upcoming wedding.  Claire is especially excited since she gets to dress "like a princess" and be the flowergirl.  We went to Cassie's Bridal Shower and Claire had entirely too much fun "helping" Cassie open her presents and following her around.   

I got to hold my friend Rachael's newest, Judah :-)

St. Patrick's Day with the Family
The evening after the shower, my family came over for a St. Patrick's Day/Celebrate Grandma's birthday bash :-)  We all had a great time.  The house smelled like Corned Beef for a few days afterward.

For dance class that day, Claire wore her green tutu that we've been saving for her appearance as a Froglet in my production of Honk! at the middle school.  It will be Claire's first musical production but not her first show (if you count church performances and her Christmas dance recital).  So far, she hasn't been shy onstage.  She was pretty excited to wear the tutu a little early. . .
After dance class, they watched the first half of The Secret of Roan Inish one of my favorite movies, while I made dinner. 

Finishing Up With the Letter "N"
The rest of the week was filled with playdough "letter Ns" . . .
Serious cutting practice. . .

A little activity about things we can have as "idols" in our lives that went with our Bible story . . .
Coloring the "Letter N" (which she is getting very good at, by the way). . .

And swim lessons in matching bathing suits (because they love to match and I think it's cute, no matter what anyone else says :-) ).
We also started a reading program that I decided deserved it's own post. So there was our last couple weeks!  Someday, this blog will be caught up. . . just in time for our year to end. . . :-/

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