We enjoyed many Thanksgiving related projects this month. We focused a lot on being grateful for things in our lives and complaining less. The girls have really started to enjoy word searches. I have been focusing alot more with Dragonfly on her coloring skill....really filling a picture in and not scribbling. Also using different colors instead of just her favorite.
Tracy and I took the kids on a field trip to Burritt on the Mountain. It is a beautiful place with a mansion. We took a tour of the mansion after making sure we got a picture of the kids. Forgot to do our traditional picture in front of the van. The tour guide in the home was full of info about the doctor that once lived there and about the area. People used to flock to the area for the natural springs and stayed at one particular inn. The mansion burnt down shortly after it was built and there were pictures of it on fire. They rebuilt the home within a few years of the fire.
I love this picture of the kids....so many personalities!
Looking out over the city of Huntsville. It was fun to point out the big Rocket for the space center.
We walked around the property which they have now made into a small town from the early 1900s. There wasn't alot going on during the day but the kids had no problems entertaining themselves. When we got to the Chapel....they took turns up on stage singing made up songs or Christmas carols.
We are really looking forward to returning again. They host many classes and do home school days. This should add alot to our study of American History.
I just love this picture. I love that all my girls love books and love to read. We try to make it to the library once a week. This past week, we showed up to the library for a Thanksgiving program a bit early so we enjoyed over an hour of looking/picking out books. They love having a pile of fresh books to enjoy each week.
Even though Thanksgiving is over, there was still one activity I wanted the girls to complete before I pack up Fall/Thanksgiving themed activities. I love fine motor skill activities and I knew the girls would love anything that involved candy. They all had fun filling in the turkey with skittles and getting to enjoy a few skittles after they finished.
The holiday season is such a fun time. I love being able to make fun crafts with the girls or make a special treat. This year, I have been enjoying having the Stewarts living near by again so we can have fun with them as well. Tracy and I found a fun advent craft at hobby lobby and we took advantage of this relaxed week to get it done. While we were busy, we had activities for the kids to do. It was also such a beautiful day that the kids spent alot of time outside.
PF and Cami made an awesome turkey treat for everyone to enjoy for snack.
This is my finished project. Not sure yet what I will be putting in it but looking forward to the last month of the year.
PF had the opportunity to get together with the American Heritage Girls to work on outdoor skills. She got to learn many different knots, use a hatchet, dig a cat hole, and build a shelter. I came to help with food. Dinner was delicious steak, potatoes, and salad. We also had cupcakes to celebrate one of the girl's birthday. PF spent the night and enjoyed playing games with the other girls. I proceeded home to sleep in my own bed. I am not sure I can handle the floor right now.
In Keepers, we are working on rubber stamping. The girls have been making many cards. The first night we used a combination of stamp pads and markers on the stamps. The second night the girls only used markers. I think they like all the different choices they had with the markers.
One of my favorite treats lately has been apple turnovers. You can't just buy them sugar free....well as far as I have found. So I have been making them myself at home. I am sure anything homemade is better than store bought anyway.
PF wanted to learn how to make them so I gave her a few instructions and she was off. She made two mini ones for herself. She did a great job and they were delicious.
Oh and as an extra treat, I make my own whip cream with a dash of cinnamon to go with it...yummy!