Phew! School's Out

We had a flurry of Christmas energy yesterday. The girls made velvet scarves for all their teachers. They are gorgeous--some are black, one is gold, all with beaded fringe.

Here is Hels modeling the prototype:

It was fun to deliver the stacks of gifts and cards this morning, to sing a final "Dona Nobis" in a round with the whole school, and to just stop and wish everyone peace.

Hels has actually had a bit of a stressful week as she was wrapping up a big geography block and had to give an oral report in front of the 7th and 8th graders. Happily, we realized that her report on the rain forest could be supplemented with chocolates for all. The good kind--Lake Champlain chocolates produced from cacao beans grown in the rain forest that we had actually bought for a teacher. She relaxed quite a bit :)

To settle us a bit, we've been listening to a favorite Christmas tape as we've been driving about--The Winter Cherries. These stories warm my heart and have been just what we've needed to settle us a bit into the season. We've decided to make a cherry pie for Christmas Eve in honor of this story.

Maribeth  – (December 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM)  

We too have a final day of school today before the holiday break. What a flurry of last minute gift-giving and good cheer! We have another Odds Bodkin storytelling CD that the kids enjoy. I'll have to check out this one. Enjoy the cherry pie.

Lisa Anne  – (December 19, 2008 at 12:55 PM)  

Yea! I love when school is out, of course now that we homeschool it always seems school is out, but I remember the feeling. We are being snowed on today -6-11inches! It makes everything more exciting.

I absolutely love Odds Bodkins! Isn't he from Vermont? I think I am going to see if our library has any of his CD's.

Suzanne  – (December 19, 2008 at 8:42 PM)  

Tell the girls beautiful scarves, what a lovely gift to receive:-)

Dawn  – (December 19, 2008 at 9:01 PM)  

I'm guessing that the chocolate went over quite well with the 4th and 5th grade audience. ;) It sure is a great feeling to be out of school for the holidays. I hadn't heard of Odds Bodkins before, but you've got me curious now. Have a great weekend!

Tammy  – (January 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM)  

I've been wanting to say for a long time how great I think it is about how much your girls like to create. Whether it be in the kitchen or with the sewing machine. It really is great.

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