Monday, November 28, 2011

Disneyland with Avery and Miles

We had fun at Disneyland and CA Adventure with Avery and Miles who were visiting from Washington... the girls call themselves cousins...

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

The highlight of our Thanksgiving was the game that Hannah orchestrated. Based on "hot potato", Hannah played music while we passed around the Thanksgiving bear (given to Hannah a few years back by Auntie Jen and Uncle Brett). When the music stopped, the person holding the bear had to say what they were thankful for. Alyssa carefully recorded our responses with Cousin Laurie offering spelling assistance.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Alyssa's Preschool Thanksgiving

Alyssa is thankful for her wonderful teacher, Mrs. Lynne. Mrs. Lynne loves sunflowers.

Before the kids enjoy their Thanksgiving feast of popcorn, grapes, string cheese and brownies, Pastor Kay always shares with them a story to illustrate how we should be grateful to those around us. Her friends Mr. Turkey, Goose and Duck helped tell the story today.

Our gift to our classmates is a trail mix of foods to remind us of the First Thanksgiving Feast that mommy found in a magazine once. Alyssa helped fill the bags and signed her name to each tag.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Colonial Life at Riley's Farm

It was a cold and crisp November morning. The scene was beautiful with fresh snow from the rain the day before dusting the top of the mountain and the turning leaves.

With an engaging group of characters who led us through different aspects of colonial life, the girls learned about the games children played, candle making, the gear of a soldier, how to weave, proper manners and etiquette, how to churn butter, the job of a blacksmith and writing with a quill pen.

Most of the time Alyssa was ready to go to see her Auntie Ruth because she was cold and Hannah was thoroughly engaged.

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Friday, November 11, 2011


When I first saw this I thought it was a pictures of me... but when I asked Hannah,she explained that the hand was waving to get my attention and that this was a picture of her trying to tell me that her ears hurt from the cold she has. Whew!!!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Embrace the Rain!

Hannah loves, loves, loves, loves, loves being out in the rain no matter the time of year. It's 59 degrees here in usually sunny Southern California. SO excited she was today that after romping a bit outside to collect rainwater for water color painting, she had to take her coat off to dance around some more! And when I finally told her that she must come in, she was still beaming over the experience, telling me how glad she was that I was here to watch her.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Charlotte's Web

Along with Gramma, we saw the most delightful production of Charlotte's Web today at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The cast told the story of Charlotte's friendship with Wilbur with only five actors. The girls didn't even realize that there were only five people playing all the characters.