Saturday, November 23, 2013

Week 15 ~ What a Social Life

We have been going from one social event to another. Everyone keeps telling me that they dread the busyness of December, but I am looking forward to December. My calendar clears up considerably. Here is our week by events. (We got a good amount of school work done, too, but nothing super exciting.)

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
The Parade ~ Goldilocks participated in our city holiday parade with her special needs cheer leading squad. She had so much fun and got to wear green glitter eye shadow. She was over the moon about that. Dh went along as her chaperone. We enjoy living in a city that is large enough to have many amenities, but small enough that we know tons of people in the parade.

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.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. W O W...I'm tired just reading about all of these activities...& in 1 week!

    Prayers went out to the family who lost their father/husband. That is so terrible. :(

  2. We are doing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! at our co-op. Your household does keep busy!

  3. What a FUN week!! Nutcracker practice, Christmas parades, Lego Club, plays and Christmas shoe boxes!! I LOVE your week but I would need a nap. :) I am so sorry to hear about the death of the father and husband. So very sad. Happy Sunday Dawn.

  4. I need a nap just thinking about it all!
    I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your friend. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  5. Wow, she is quite flexible. I hope all goes well with the Nutcracker. You do have a busy week. December is crazy for us because everything has extra performances and nothing drops out.

  6. Sounds like you have had some wonderfully fun things going on this week. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend!

  7. Sounds like a busy but wonderful week for your family. I pray that your Thanksgiving will be safe and happy.

    I will pray for that family. How horrible for them. The holiday season makes it especially more difficult to lose a loved one.

  8. What an awesome week you all had!

    I am so sorry to hear about your families' lost. I will be sendinfg my prayers to your family and to the family that lost their father/husband. May they have strength and lots of support during this time of need.