Wednesday, October 30

The Brave Party

Froggy kept with her new love of archery and chose Brave as the theme for her brithday this year.We had tons of fun planning it and getting ready.  I made her a Merida dress and hair extensions.  Since we have a tiny house, the party was held in the field across the street.
 We made wisps for the guests to follow to our field
 The grandparents brought a pavilion that turned into Merida's castle
We made blue wisps to mark the path to the 'castle'
As the guests arrived, they got to choose their family tartan
and make their own coat of arms.
Our first game gave the girls an opportunity to feed the bear.
Teams were created by the tartans the guests had chosen.
They then moved on to catapult.  It was hysterical watching them try to throw the "log".
Even with repeated demonstrations, the girls were determined to do it their own (nonfunctional) way.
The final and most popular game was archery.  We made pvc bows as part of their goodie bags.
Using the bows was a serious challenge but one they wanted to master.
Froggy received a play bow, arrows and wig as one of her presents.  It made the perfect finishing touches to her costume.

Tuesday, October 15

First Day of School

We "officially" start our new school year with Rosh HaShana.  But since we obviously can't do our "first day" pictures or any school stuff that day it a soft start to the year.  This year it was apparently an even softer start since during Chol Hamoed, Froggy was still referring to herself and her friends as rising third graders.  
After all, the chagim came the celebrated First Day of School when Froggy started back at Religious School. (Granted that was almost 2 weeks agon now, and I am behind in my posting) Froggy put on a show hamming it up for the camera.  She loves Religious school and is very proud this year to be working on Anim Zemirot with her Tefillah chavruta.  It is neat for her to see other kids learning the same stuff we are working on at home. 

Here is a rough outline of our learning this year. 

Limudei Kodesh
Davening - This year in Religious School, the students receive their own grown up Shabbat siddur.I am working on selecting a new weekday siddur for Froggy to use as well.  While we love our ArtScroll Children's Siddur, it is probably time to graduate to a big kid version.
Parsha - This year we are using my Chumash for our Parsha study and focusing on the pshat of the the text. 
Chumash - still in Lech Lecha but planning the siium for when we finally finish.
Tefillah - Anim Zemirot and the brachot achrona including Birkat Hamazon


Limudei Kol
We are in Year 3 of Ambleside Online There was some schedule change or something in one of the files I downloaded last year which ended up with us reading the Year 3 science book as well as the Year 2. So we are also doing Anatomy.  And we have also started cursive this year.

NonAcademics
Archery - although formal archery practice goes on hiatus for the winter due to the early darkness.
Parkour - Froggy is absolutely loving it and gaining so much strength, agility and endurance. 
4-H - this serves as our nature study/ prompt for green time rest break in the week.
Girl Scouts - we love our troop. This year I thin much of the focus will be on "Acts of Lovingkindness" and it will help the girls to see how fun and easy it is to help others.



Monday, October 14

Menu Planning Monday - 9 Cheshvan

Sunday - out - soak beans
Monday - Tacos with rice, black beans and salad - make bread dough
Tuesday - Quinoa Corn Chowder and Bread
Wednesday - left overs - make pie crust
Thursday -Grandparents arrive - Coconut CrockPot Tofu, Rice, salad, pumpkin pop tarts
Shabbat - Challah, gefilte fish,  tomato and spinach soup, orange chicken, green beans, honey roasted potatoes, chocolate pear crisp

Sunday, October 13

Scarecrows!

Our Girl Scout Troop and their families spent the day making scarecrows. 
 We started the day by visiting the mill.  The mill was actually up and running and we got to see it in action.  The favorite part of the farm tour for the girls though was the blacksmith. He was so engaging that the girls did not want to leave the demonstartion.
 Then came the scarecrow making.  Each family brought the old clothes of their choice and the farm provided the stuffing.  The structure came from a pair of pantyhose inside the clothes. 
It was much more challenging than it sounded. The girls were full of determination though and overcame the challenge in very creative ways.
 
Once the hose were stuffed and the shirt on, it was time to add the pants.  Many of the girls brought their clothes so we had girl sized scarecrows.
Some families brought Dad's clothes and made a big scarecrow
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 Froggy's scarecrow provided some additional design challenges since she wanted it to look like her with a dress rather than the standard pants.
 
Our troop and their new friends together.  What a great day!

And Abba has a birthday

For his birthday, Abba chose to go to RennFaire as his special day activity.  I helped them get all dressed up and sent them on their way.  They had a great day and then came home and we had cake and presents. 

Thursday, October 10

Froggy turns 8

Our household is split in the opinion of how a birthday should be counted.  Abba thinks the family should use only the Gregorian calendar so that is when we celebrate his birthday.  I think the family should the Hebrew calendar so that is when we celebrate my birthday.  Froggy rather than suffering from her parental lack of consensus gets two birthday celebrations. 
Her Hebrew birthday is Shemini Atzertz which means that her birthday dinner is in the Sukkah every year weather permitting. This year we had friends join us. It was nice to have more children around the table.  It was a squeeze to fit that many people in my little sukkah but it was fun and the temperature was just right.
 Froggy surprised us all by inviting her friend to help her blow out the candles.  The choices she makes never cease to amaze me.

Wednesday, October 9

Stitching Successes

Handwork (which includes the sewing machine) is a big part of life around here.  We put it aside some while Froggy was in her cast but here are some of our latest success.
I usually make Froggy a beautiful new something for Rosh Hashana.  This year, I indulged and made something for me instead.  I have a very unusual body shape and have a hard time finding store bought tops that really fit me nice.  It is a joy to wear something where all  the seams sit where they are supposed to. I made a muslin just like a real seamstress and tailored to be be just right. 
Froggy was not totally left out.  I made her a new carry all for her treasures from an old t-shirt.  I want a new bag for my sewing and this was a great way to test if I like the pattern/structure.  Answer is I do not. I want something more structured so I am still looking.
Froggy is working hard as well.  She is doing her very first ever embroidery project.  It is an archer that she started at Pennsic.

Monday, October 7

Menu Planning Monday 3 Cheshvan

Schedule chaos has officially begun.  Cheshvan is going to be the hardest month schedule wise of the entire year.  Most weeks I am not home 6:30 or later by which time Abba is already working.  In addition, at least one night each week I work and do not get home until after Froggy is asleep.

This makes cooking let alone eating as a family challenging. It makes the crockpot my new best friend.  Luckily the cooler weather makes us want eat more of the things that work well in the crockpot.

Monday - Coconut Ginger Tofu and Rice - the recipe actually calls for chicken but we use tofu instead
Tuesday - Pasta, salad and garlic bread
Wednesday - Fish ala Jenn, rice and broccoli
Thursday - Tomato spinach soup and bread
Erev Shabbat -the menu was completely chosen by Abba in honor of his birthday so if the menu looks a little bipolar that is why.
Challah Gefilte Fish, Matza ball soup, pulkogi, rice, asparagus, angel food cake with chocolate marshallow frosting. molasses cookies
Kiddush - challah, beef barley soup, veggie sticks, dips, molasses cookies.

Sunday, October 6

Sukkot

This is the first year ever we have had no paper decorations in our Sukkah.  We try every year to have new decorations for the Sukkah.  (These photos were all taken after the holiday since I ran out of time before.  The table really did look more festive during the holiday.)

Our walls are fabric.  Every year we add a new handprint.  Typically it is is Froggy's right hand but this year the cast made it be her left. It will make for a helpful reminder years from now about exactly which year she broke her arm.  We also try to add more stamped fruit each year to fill it in. 
  
We added a chandelier thanks to Design Megillah
We made polymer clay apple to welcome the Ushpizin.  One side is painted with the male guests and one with the female guests.
 
 We also made little pumpkins and stars.  You can get an idea of the relative size in the picture below.
I want to find a better way to hang them next year.  This year I was just glad they made it up before the chag.