Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Greetings

May you and yours be blessed this Thanksgiving. We are thankful for each of you.  I am also thankful for the family God has blessed me with, and our home and our health.  God has certainly blessed us.

The last of the harvest --back in October

Be thankful for home
Be thankful for food
Be thankful for birds that fly

Be thankful for sleep
Be thankful for flowers
Be thankful for clouds in the sky.

Be thankful for friends
Be thankful for rain
And the rainbows that follow close by.

Adding a leaf to the
Thankful Tree
We have had a busy week.  Last week we celebrated the First Thanksgiving with our small group of other homeschool friends.  We had quite the preschooler happy feast.  Peanut butter and Jelly, fruit, goldfish crackers, juice and crapes.  The girls decorated paper with hand print turkeys and played dress up.  It was fun.

Saturday, after much thought we traded in our van for a vehicle that would get cheaper gas mileage.  We will miss the luxury of heated mirrors and tons of room, but we wont miss the huge gas bill every week. 

This week we also created a homemade magnifying glass....  a ziploc style bag filled with water.  :-)  This was Sarah's idea and we went with it and what a learning adventure that was.  We also created placemats for Thanksgiving day.  That was a big adventure as well!  So much paint everywhere.  Sarah said, "Mommy the handprints are the funniest part."  I had to laugh right outloud at that.  I bet it did seem like a really fun project to be told you MUST paint your hands and print paper.  Then she created stories surrounding the pictures.  One poor flock had to deal with a tornado, another a bad rain storm and another had "turkey poop and eggs" all over. 

Sarah also started Tae Kwon Do (TKD) couple weeks ago and she is having a blast doing it.  She is starting to learn to count to 10 in Korean.  If you are local and want to look for a place for your children I can highly recommend Master Pae's.

I made my first ever batch of Beef Jerky this week.  Sarah and I cut the meat and cured it with the spices, etc., and then dried it for what seemed like, days!  :-)  It turned out very good I think and Bob loves it.  I will be making more and it may even end up in some Christmas presents.

Giving Thanks

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

Here are some pictures:

Day 23 of our Thankful Tree
One of our last days of outside fun.

Look Mommy....  I am making TURKEYS!

Looking at her uncles guitar.... 
She says Uncle Jr is in a rock band...

Our Turkey Placemats!

 A Thanksgiving Dinner
by Maude M. Grant
Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, peel them well.
Cook a big squash in its shell.
Now potatoes, big and white,
Mash till they are soft and light.
Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
With the turkey we must eat.
Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
For a dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!


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