I'm officially on a break from pre-party preparations. You see, a certain little girl turns 1 year old tomorrow even though her mommy tried to keep her a baby. Her mommy tried to get her to cuddle more and rock more, and never helped her to roll over or crawl. But she's turning 1 in spite of all that.
So now her mommy is in the middle of preparing a "We're So Thankful for Lydia" Thanksgiving Feast as the theme for her party. I stole this idea from my dear friend, Vicki, who did a Thanksgiving dinner for her daughter who turned one in the month of June. But Thanksgiving they had because they were so thankful! (Hi Vicki! Great idea!)
Anyway, I'm supposed to be frosting the 3 tiered carrot cake I whipped up this afternoon during a rare incident of baking motivation. But I'm taking a break and blogging . . . (And the cream cheese has to soften.)
So I thought I'd share a little something Christian Homeschoolers are good at: Thanksgiving. Us CH'ers tend to be great at Thanksgiving because we love delving into the expansive literature on the God-centered beginnings of this country. (Then of course, we like to stop studying American History about the time we started killing all the Indians. Typically, that's when we go back to Genesis and start working our way forward again.)
So the day after Halloween, I guarantee all the really good Thanksgiving books have been checked out of the library by Homeschooling Moms. We've got a good 7 or 8 ourselves right now. So we read to our kids, and they read to us, and they spend time reading to their younger siblings, and pretty soon, we've got tons and tons of knowledge about "The First Thanksgiving".
But sometime you've got to stop reading and do something. So I said, Make a model of the First Thanksgiving with Playdough!" Here's what they did:
That, folks, is the First Thanksgiving. we were running out of playdough so she could only make two people. But Claire assured me there were really more people there.
And they've got all the fixin's right down to the peas and carrots! Gotta love those legs stickin' out of the turkey!
Then, Caleb, not willing to be outdone by his older sister made this:
It is "A mountain with a hole in it." Maybe somebody should have read him another Thanksgiving book before he got started.
Luke spent all of his time with the funky little tool that makes spaghetti or hair, so he only got one person done.
Claire also likes that spaghetti/hair machine. But she wanted to make sure both the curly and the straight haired peoples of the world were represented.
And that's Caleb trying to sneak his mountain into another photo.
Okay, Caleb, let's take another picture of your mountain.
And a final shot with the other sculptor.
We're Christian Homeschoolers and we love Thanksgiving.