Collage Friday–What’s been going on around here?

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Collage Friday post!  See our life in pictures from the last few weeks:

 

Our co-op has ended for the year. We had a great time studying Exploring Creation Through Chemisty and Physics. We ended the year with some simple machine projects. I’ll do a wrap-up post of our whole science year in May.

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Today we went on a field trip to our local police station.  We got to see the dispatch center (where 911 calls go in), talk to some detectives about their work, see the jail (and learn that those in holding cell only eat Burger King), and see the squad cars!

 

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Aren’t these cupcakes beautiful?  My daughters made them with their grandma.

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The mallard ducks made their annual pilgrimage to our backyard.  :)

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Last week we went on a field trip to the Long Grove Confectionary.  It’s a chocolate factory!  See a solid chocolate Statue of Libery and Santa Claus.  Also a cacao pod which contains the chocolate “seeds”!

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This is an old fashioned machine for grinding the chocolate seeds.  And next is a chocolate dress!

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My husband has to fix our deck and asked my oldest son to put a note on the door telling people not to go on the deck.  He got a little creative.  It says, “Warning! Hard hat area. All unauthorized people will not be admitted. Death is inevitable and you could pay a fine of $10 by supreme court law. Well, just don’t go on the deck, Dad said.”

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We had a birthday. My second son is now 12!

 

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My sweet girls with matching pillows and necklaces that say “Big Sis”and “Lil’ Sis.”

 

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For the kids’ play rehearsal they can dress up as different characters each Saturday.  Here are a few of their clever costumes.

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And I’ll end today’s post with this gorgeous sunset we saw a few weeks ago.  Have a blessed Easter.  Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice and “He Lives!”

 

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“ABC Say it With Me: Bible Memory Verses” DVD on Sale for $10!

Moore Family Films is having a sale on one their best DVDs today (and for a couple more days):  ABC Sayit With Me Bible Memory Verses!  It’s only $10.  This DVD is one of my 3-year-old’s favorites!  I love how there are fun little vignettes, one for each letter of the alphabet.  Each is a verse from the Bible which is repeated several times and acted out.  It really helps the kids to understand the meaning of the verse.  There are parts of the videos to watch to see if it’s something your family would enjoy.  Just click on the banner!  :)

(I am an affiliate of Moore Family Films, and they sponsor I Choose Joy!  This post contains affiliate links.)

An Impromptu Trip to Cincinnati: Zoo and Creation Museum

Last Wednesday my husband and I decided to make an impromptu trip to Cincinnati to visit the zoo and Creation Museum. We don’t usually do this. It’s not that easy to get a group of 10 people ready to go on vacation. But the kids were as excited as us, so we did it! My oldest son and I went to Solo and Ensemble contest Saturday morning where he played a violin solo, sax solo, and sax duet. I accompanied on the piano for his solos. Then, I took him to musical rehearsal where his siblings were  already practicing. They are working on the musical Robin Hood. (More on that later!) We picked the kids up at 2 p.m. and headed to Cincinnati!

On Sunday we went to the Cincinnati Zoo.

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My favorite animals at the zoo were the manatees!  Here is the baby.

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I thought this monitor lizard was neat because it really reminded me of a dinosaur — which we were going to see a lot of at the Creation Museum the next day.

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One of the things we did at the Creation Museum was a workshop on Ice Age animals with Buddy Davis.

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The kids did a “sculpture” of a saber tooth tiger out of clay.

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This cute chameleon reminded us of the movie “Tangled.”

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The museum is full of incredible exhibits to help understand creation science.  Here is an example.  See at the top the casts of the skull bones found for “Lucy,” the so-called ape-man.  The bones don’t give you an idea of the face, but see how different versions make it look more like an ape or more like a human.

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This exhibit talks about the Bible being written by different men such as Abraham, Moses, King David, and the Apostle Paul.

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The Garden of Eden is beautiful.

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A zebra/horse and a zebra/donkey.  They are able to mate so they are part of the same horse “kind.”  There only needed to be 2 horse kinds on the ark to have all the varieties we see today.

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My two oldest boys and second daughter did a zip line!

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Giveaway of “ABC Say it With Me” and “For His Own Glory”

Would you like to win these the two DVDs “ABC Say it With Me” from Moore Family Films and “For His Own Glory” from Crowe’s Nest Media?  Go here to enter!

“ABC Say it With Me” is a wonderful DVD for preschoolers which has a short vignette and Bible verse to memorize for each of letter of the alphabet.

“For His Own Glory” teaches sign language to little ones.

Giveaway ends 3/6/14!


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The Piano Guys–”Frozen” and Vivaldi’s Winter in the Ice Castles

This is absolutely beautiful! The Piano Guys perform “Let it Go” from Frozen with Vivaldi’s Winter in the Ice Castles!

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And so fun to see “behind the scenes”:

And this one is for moms only :)

http://moms.popsugar.com/Mom-Let-Go-Cover-34169989

Lastly, the scene that inspired it all–with 113 Million Views!

Moore Family Films–Sponsor Shout Out

I’d love to share about one of my sponsors today:  Moore Family Films.  They are a homeschooling family that has produced some very special DVDs!  We have ABC Say it With Me: Bible Memory Verses, and my preschoolers LOVE it!  Go ahead and click over to their site so you can see some previews and see if any of the videos would be right for your family!

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Collage Friday: What’s going on around here?

Valentine Collage

Well, once again we have been extremely busy around the Mayo household.  Above you’ll see my preschoolers making Valentines at our homeschool co-op.  Below, the older kids did some projects to help illustrate light refraction and reflection which goes along with our science curriculum Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Fulbright and Christian Kids Explore Physics by Ridlon.

 

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A Periscope:

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My mom visited from California for a week and a half and was thankfully here to see the kids do a number of performances for drama and speech.

(It sure is hard to get everyone to smile at the same time!)

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Also, when grandma was here we went to see the movie “Frozen.”  The kids came home and begged to buy the soundtrack.  Here is my oldest and youngest sons sitting at the computer singing all the songs!

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My second son wasn’t in the musical Shrek but is playing basketball instead.

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After several of the Shrek performances the cast went to Culver’s Restaurant to eat.  Some didn’t even take off the stage make-up!

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The 6 older kids also performed in their drama class last week, but I only got video not still pictures of it.  The older boys did a one-act play called the Seussification of Romeo and Juliet which was quite funny!

Then they gave speeches at our Institute for Cultural Communicators class.  The younger ones gave persuasive speeches, 2nd son is doing a great speech on his favorite Bible verse–John 3:16, and my oldest is doing a hilarious interpretation of Green Eggs and Ham.  We were sad to find out that the tournament for speech and debate in our area is the same time as auditions for the next musical (Robin Hood).  We’re going to see if we can get to Michigan for a tournament out there.

And then there’s snow.  Oh, I am so tired of it!

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But the kids are having fun with it!

An ice brick (froze water in an orange juice carton).  We’ll have to make a bunch of those next year.

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More Shrek Pictures

I hope you’ll humor me with a few more Shrek the Musical pictures today.  :)

The kids have completed 8 performances already, and have 3 more next weekend.  After the first four performances, which we for school groups, we lost one of our leads.  He was replaced by a young man who spent an hour that afternoon rehearsing the part.  (He has done an incredible job, by the way!) When we arrived at the theater an hour before curtain, my son was moved into an additional role and now has a solo and duet on stage!  It was a bit nerve-wracking for him to do it for real for the first time in front of an audience, but he did it!  So proud of him.  :)

We had wonderful crowds this past weekend, and I am pretty sure they will sell out next weekend.  So, don’t plan on buying your tickets at the door.  Order them now!

Here’s his new role: King Harold, little Fiona’s father, who sends her off to a tower to be guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.  (So she can someday be rescued by her “true love.”)

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Here he is as a crazy knight who sings back up for the dragon, while locked in stocks!

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My daughter is in the yellow shirt.

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The puppets:  Pinocchio and the Marionettes

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Here’s Shrek and the Rat Tappers.  I just love the tap dance they do!

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Daddy and daughter.

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The three kids in the Green Room.

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Shrek the Musical

Welcome to another link-up today. I’m so grateful to have you all join me each week. :)

Today I’m sharing about my kids who are in “Shrek the Musical.” It’s with a Christian children’s theater called Spotlight which we have come to love! I’m grateful that they have “cleaned up” quite a bit of the show, and am really enjoying being a part of it. I (and many others) have spent countless hours working on costumes. There are 100 kids in the show, and many of them have more than one costume. This was a brand new show for Spotlight, so we started from scratch!

Here are a few pictures from the dress rehearsal. If you’re in the area, please come see it!  Use the code TEAMUSA to get $1 off each ticket (good through noon Friday 2/7/14).  And please give one my kids (Mayo) ticket credit!

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My oldest son is a guard and a knight.

Isn’t the dragon cool?

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He’s in the green shirt.

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He’s to the right of the gingerbread man.

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My oldest daughter is a marionette (fairy tale creature).  She’s in the yellow shirt.

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My second daughter is one of the seven dwarfs.

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It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted.)

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Collage Friday: Legoland and Knight Costumes

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Yesterday we took our annual pilgrimage to Legoland Discovery Center.  We love to get the homeschool rate.  Another great thing about it?  There were only about 20 other people there!  The new Star Wars exhibit was really incredible!

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As I’ve mentioned before 3 of my kids are in the production of “Shrek the Musical.”  Dress rehearsals start Monday and performances next Thursday!  I spent the last couple of days turning these knight tunics

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into these!

 

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Can’t wait to see everyone on stage!

 

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Haven’t gotten your tickets yet?  Get them here!

Moore Family Films–our newest sponsor!

I’m so excited to have Moore Family Films join us as a new sponsor this month. This wonderful family produces films, one which is in sale right now!

More Than Making Maple Syrup

More Than Making Maple Syrup DVDAs we approach February, when the tapping season starts here in Virginia, we’d like to offer your family the opportunity to enjoy a virtual field trip from the comfort of your own living room!

Special Price – Limited Time Only
$10.00
(Regularly $15.95)

   
Whether you want to learn how to make Maple syrup, or you just want to enjoy some wholesome laughter as a family of 12 unites to accomplish a job together, we invite you to join the Moore Family in one of their favorite harvests of the year…tapping Maple trees and making Maple syrup!

From the tapping of the trees on their beautiful Virginia farm, to the final process of canning the delicious syrup, “More Than Making Maple Syrup” will be sure to inform and delight the young and old alike.  In 7 simple steps, you’ll learn more than just how to make your own syrup.  With family unity as a theme, and with a good dose of adorable two-year-old antics and humor, your family will be inspired to work together on your own projects in your neck of the woods!

From House to Home {Link Party}: Institute for Cultural Communicators

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Last year we were introduced and became involved in the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC). It’s a Christian speech organization, where my kids are going through curricula to teach them public speaking skills. They learn to write and present a wide variety of different kinds of speeches, work on memorizing, and get in front of many different groups. Today our chapter did a presentation at the mall. It was a difficult venue because it’s so cavernous and the mall’s PA system is playing music. But it was also really neat to be right where people were just walking by. Many stopped to listen to the kids. We had 20 kids ranging from age 7-18. Our chapter has all homeschooled kids, but that’s not a requirement. (Read more about ICC here.)

This was our program:  (The mall said we couldn’t do anything “religious.”)

Sing “Silver Bells”

Oldest kids Choral Reading: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

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Youngest kids poems:  “There are No Bells in All the World” by Elizabeth Coatsworth and “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe

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Middle Kids Choral Reading: “The Grinch That Stole Christmas”

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Solo presentation: “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

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Sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

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It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:

Because of the holidays, this link-up will be up for two weeks (until January 2, 2014)!

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page.

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Family Update

It’s time for a family update!  I had a crazy month last month with way more reviews and giveaways than I’ve ever done before.  It was fun, but meant that I didn’t have as much time just to write about what’s going on with us.  So, I hope you’ll enjoy this update today!

 

My First Teenager:

Yes, it’s official I finally have a teenager in the house–the first of many!  :)

 

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Football:

We had an interesting brand-new experience with tackle football this year.  My oldest son LOVES football and has been begging us for years to get involved.  We finally relented, and it was all he dreamed of.  But it wasn’t so great for the rest of us.  When you play football here where we live, it rules your life!  He did get a mild concussion in one of the games, which didn’t make me very happy.  He was out for two weeks because of that.  But the season ended well for them, and I’m glad he had the opportunity to do what he loves.

Spotlight:

We had 4 kids audition for the next musical for Spotlight Youth Theater.  Three kids made the show, and the other was auditioning just for experience.  Their audition songs were “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie, “Save the People,” from Godspell, “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled, and “You Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.  The show is Shrek the Musical and it’s the first time it’s ever been done by a children’s theater!  Our director and her team has spent numerous hours working on the script to make it family-friendly.  (We still haven’t seen Shrek the animated movies or the musical that just came out on DVD because they aren’t family-friendly.)  The kids are SOOOO talented–100 of them!  But because it’s a new show, we have to start from scratch with the costumes.  And, of course, I’m on the costume committee!  So, you may see me sewing up some fairy tale creature costumes in the next month or two!

And it’s not too soon to get tickets.  One show is already sold out!  Get your tickets here–and please choose Mayo for the referral student.  (We need all the help we can get for this expensive enrichment activity!)

I’m also teaching a Spotlight class now.  (Each student who auditions for a show must also be taking a theater/dance/or singing class.)  I have 8 adorable 5-7 year-olds.  It’s fun!

Lego Robot Competition:

My two oldest boys are joining 3 other boys for a Lego Robot Competition this next Saturday. They have been getting together for a couple of months to work on their “missions.”  They’ve never done anything like this before, so we’ll see how it turns out!  They have a “uniform” including duct tape hats.  :)

Band Concert:

This Thursday is our local Christian school’s band/choir concert.  They allow homeschoolers to be in the band, and we have really enjoyed participating there.  My oldest plays alto saxophone in the concert band (highest band), and my 2nd son plays percussion in intermediate band.  He’ll be able to join the concert band next semester.  We also just bought him a drum set (Craig’s list!) and he’ll start lessons on that in January.

Basketball and Gymnastics:

Upward basketball starts tonight.  It will be the sixth year for my 2nd son.  It’s a little odd for us because he’s the only one playing this time.  My oldest wanted to play for Onward (the junior high version), but it didn’t fit into the Shrek schedule.  The next 5 kids are doing gymnastics.  It’s been years since we done that.  Gymnastics ends in January and then we’ll start swim lessons again in March.

The Cousins at Thanksgiving:

Yes–all at my house!

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Queen E:

My kids sure do enjoy having a real live “doll” to play with!  Here they have dressed her up like a  queen!

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Homeschool:

Oh, yeah.  We homeschool, too!  :)  I’ve made a few changes to our homeschool curriculum list, so I need to get that updated soon.  We are in a co-op at our church each Friday.  The older kids learn writing, It All Begins With Genesis, and science.  The middle kids take geography, geography crafts, and science.  And I teach the preschool class!  In the afternoons they have archery.  It’s nice that we’ve taken off for December, though, because there are so many other things going on.

Here are a couple of the homeschool books we’re using that I love right now–
Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Young Explorer Series)

Pages of History Volume 1: Secrets of the Ancients

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

Grapevine Studies: Birth of Jesus Bible Study

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All About Reading, Level 1, Teacher’s Manual (All About Reading)

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Mayo Family Portraits

We had our first outdoor family portraits taken this fall.  We bought the print rights, so I’m happy to be able to share them here on my blog.

Enjoy!

 

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J is for Jotham’s Journey

ABCs of Homeschooling through the Holidays

I’m blessed to have joined a group of amazing bloggers for the series “The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays” over at Upside Down Homeschooling.

 

J is for Jothams Journey.

I have written a post about using the book Jotham’s Journey for some wonderful family time during December.  Head over there to read what we do!

–Gena

Review/Giveaway of Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families

Celebrate Jesus Advent Guide

 

I’m really excited about the resource I’m reviewing today: Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families by Amy Blevins.

It’s an Advent Guide chock full of all kinds of wonderful ideas–and it’s only $4.99!

Here are some examples of ideas I got from it that I’m going to try this year: Listening to a great version of A Christmas Carol on CD, wrapping up our Christmas books and opening one each day, using advent candles, listening to wonderful music–songs I haven’t thought of before, and baking some new treats!

What will you find in Celebrate Jesus?

  • 81 pages in a downloadable ebook
  • Each day of Advent (this year starts on Sunday December 1) has Scripture readings and activities listed
  • Activities include listening to a particular song (you can use the website she suggests, or YouTube!)
  • Lots of craft ideas
  • 13 holiday recipes
  • 24 pages of copywork

Celebrate Jesus an exciting Advent celebration for families.

 

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 What I like:

Here is what I really liked about this advent guide– It’s not overwhelming!

Each day is completely laid out for you.  See Day One below.  It has a Scripture printed there.  (By the way, there are 2 versions–King James Version and English Standard Version.)  That is the Scripture that you’ll read aloud with the family.  There are also questions included for Moms and older teens to work through together.

So, at the table together, you’ll light the Advent candle (this can be simple, something you make, or something you buy).  Then read the Scripture, sing or listen to the song, and then do an activity.  Day One’s activity is to “act out” the darkness and then the Light coming into the darkness.  Finally, you end with a question or two to think about and help everyone apply what they’ve learned.

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 Crafts:

One craft my kids enjoyed doing was using old Christmas cards to make placemats.

You’ll also find instructions for

  • Beaded Wreath Ornaments
  • A “Birthday Gift” for Jesus
  • Star Ornament
  • Bookmarks
  • 3-D Nativity
  • Paper Stars
  • Cinnamon Ornaments
  • Christmas Cards
  • And more!

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Recipes:

On certain days it’s suggested to have a simple treat during your study time. But there is also a recipe section. I wish I had time to try out all of these yummy recipes– including Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Bread Machine Rolls, Party Punch, and Company Potatoes.
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Copywork:

Here are some pictures of copywork pages my kids did.  There is a different Scripture for each of the 24 days of Advent.  You may choose the ESV or KJV versions.  I like that each page has a small picture to color as well.  :)

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About the Author:

Amy Blevins is a Christian homeschooling mom of 6 (including 4-year-old twins), is married to a military man, and lives in California. She is a blogger, and you can read more about her at her websites Bow of Bronze and Homeschool Encouragement. The products she has written include “Listening to Learn: Using Audio Files in Your Homeschool,”Thanksgiving Copywork for Children,” “Christmas Copywork for Children,” and “Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Resource for Families.”

Celebrate Jesus: Fun for families every day of Advent

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The Giveaway:

One blessed reader of I Choose Joy! will win a copy of Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey for Families in ebook format.  Winner will be chosen Saturday November 30.  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.

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(Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the KJV and ESV Ebook versions of Celebrate Christmas in order to write this honest review. I am also an affiliate for all of Amy Blevins’ products/books.)

From House to Home {Link Party}: The Gaither Concert!

Last weekend my husband and I got to go to a Gaither Concert!  It was one of those rare times that we get out for more than just dinner.  :)

It was at Willow Creek Church, which seats 7500, and it was completely packed!

Here are a few of our favorite performances of the evening.

Here is David Phelps singing an aria called “Nessun Dorma”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaSDNH5Azi8

The Isaacs singing “Accentuate the Positive”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69q3dVQYqLw

The Isaacs singing “Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvxVbu_VnYs

The Martins singing “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ll9-1zSoc

The concert was 4 1/2 hours long, but here’s 1 1/2 hours if you have some time to spare. Or you can see a great song at 24:00 minutes, and “Mary, Did You Know?” at 1:16:00.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZKnvBAd0g

It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page.

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From House to Home {Link Party}: The End of Fall

So, here we are near the end of fall.  It snowed a couple of days ago, and completely caught me off guard!  At least I had already found all the coats, boots, gloves, and snowsuits out of our storage room.  The kids immediately put them on and ran out into the first snow of the season!

Here are our last fall leaf pictures.  Unfortunately, they aren’t the best pictures.  But I love all the action that you can tell was going on behind the scenes.  :)

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It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

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2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page.

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Spotlight Showcase

A few days ago my 5 oldest participated in a showcase of what they had learned in their drama class these past 10 weeks. I’m grateful to the organization Spotlight for teaching my kids so many great skills in acting, singing, dancing, speaking, poise, etc.!

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It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page.

(If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted.)

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Father-Son Camp 2013

 

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My husband and 3 oldest boys went to the annual Father-Son Camp last weekend.  As usual they had great fun, ate a lot of bad food, stayed up too late, sang wonderful praise worship with 300 other men and boys, played paintball, fished, and shot guns!

 

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It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:

From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page.

(If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted.)

I Choose Joy!

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See the wonderful blogs I’ve linked up to here.