The Nutcracker ~ The Nutcracker is only a few weeks away. The kids are busy with hours of extra rehearsals. They look great! The show is really coming together. Little Red Riding Hood is a toy cat, candy cane and a guard. Tom Sawyer is a sailor on the Sugar Plum lake.
|This girl is made out of a rubber band!|
|This is just part of their candy cane costumes.|
|My sailor lining up to dance|
|These were made completely out of plastic bags.|
Two Plays ~ We won tickets to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! This is one of my favorite Christmas plays. My mother and I took the girls to see it at the community theater. It was a wonderful production. We also had tickets this week to Shakespeare on Trial. This was part of our local theater's matinee school series. What a great introduction to four famous Shakespeare characters! We also watched Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth on YouTube. The Shakespeare animated tales are wonderful.
Lego Club ~ We finally got into a Lego club.We have been on the waiting list for nearly 4 years! The kids enjoyed the challenge and had lots of creative building time with about 20 other kids. We look forward to getting to know this new group of families.
Charity Shoe Boxes ~ We got together with another family to make shoe boxes for Operation Christmas child, Meals on Wheels and A missionary family in Mexico. The family in Mexico is still accepting boxes if you wish to send one. I have followed this family's blog for years. They are very devoted to their poverty stricken community. We completed nine boxes!
The Rest ~ In between all of this fun, our family was witness to a terrible tragedy this week. One of the families in our dance studio lost their father/husband. It was a very sudden and unexpected death. Our dance community is in shock. This family is extremely involved in our dance studio and are also homeschoolers. We have had many conversations about grief, death and how to be a friend to someone going through this tragedy. Our heart goes out to them during this very difficult time.