Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Pajamas!!!


This year I finally got out some material I had purchased 2 years ago to make the family Christmas pajamas.  I bought red t-shirts and did the ornament design to make my life easier.  Hooray for Christmas jammies!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a nice Thanksgiving this year, celebrating with just us.  Our church group organized a bigger gathering the weekend before.  Leading up to Thanksgiving, I put together a "count down" that hung in our living room (the envelops).  We picked one each day and recognized something we were grateful for and did an activity.  My favorite was reading the book Stone Soup and then making "stone soup" for dinner without the stone.  We learned that live is more fun when we share with others.  We enjoyed doing the "thankful" tree too, using the trees I made for Halloween.  

Happy Thanksgiving!
There are so many things to be grateful for -- we hope to remain thankful year-round! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween to Ye!

Rather than be too wordy, I'll just share some pictures of our Halloween celebrations!
Pirate fairy Jane and pirate mate Harry!  I enjoyed making these costumes (all except for the white shirt and tights).
Enjoying the party at the embassy!  Everyone did a great job and I especially thank friends (like Shennie and Tina) who helped keep an eye on Jane and Harry while I handed out candy and helped with face painting.   

We hosted a Children's Halloween Party again this year.  Activities included the Spider's Lair (upgraded to the guest room) and a Forbidden Forest filled with flying witches!  I plan on keeping the trees up on the walls throughout the holidays, decorating them for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Waste not!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Picture time!

We try to be good about taking the occasional family picture, taking advantage of nice weather and good backgrounds.  Here's what we came up with this year.  Enjoy!









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Witch's Brew!

Last year I started a tradition of having the "witches" leave something behind for the kids to get them excited for Halloween -- a Halloween book, an activity, candy, etc.   Jane tries to see the witches flying around or hopes to catch them when they come to leave the surprise.  So far, I haven't been caught!

For one of the activities (by far the most elaborate), I gave the kids some ingredients to make their own witch's brew.  I used edible, less-frequently-used items from the kitchen and pantry.  At the end I kinda hoped that we could drink it, but as you look through the pictures, you'll see why that didn't work out.
What the witches left behind for the kids to find.
The kids enjoying putting the ingredients together.  It was fun to hear them say, "I need more Vampire Tears!" or "Can you pass the Bone Powder?"
And then, what we all expected... It all just started to get mixed into a big, huge, mess.  Luckily, I was ready and just dumped it all into the sink before it ended up on the floor.   It didn't taste good anyway. 
I was glad I used ingredients I didn't care about so when it came time to throw it all in the sink, I didn't feel bad.  Next time I think I'll plan it out better so we can actually enjoy drinking it in the end. Still, the kids had a great time mixing things up and making a yucky brew!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Parent Exercise Program

My Parent Exercise Program:


Arm and neck muscles  
Back and legs
Stomach muscles
Mind and emotions
And that's why I don't have a regular exercise program right now.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 7th - Astana Days

Astana City Day is July 7th.  Here they do a lot to make the celebration fun and interesting.  We didn't see everything that went on throughout the city, but we did get to enjoy a few things.  The celebration lasted the whole weekend (July 5-7th).  Here are a few pictures of our adventures.

Harry at the playground.

He's definitely having fun!

Jane climbed to the top of this climbing structure.   I love her facial expression!

Riding a ride in Happlylon.

Kazakh shields on spears look pretty cool. 

What's a festival without arts and crafts??

Love these costumes.  Very traditional Kazakh.

Inside the National Museum "riding" a cart.  I know, it's totally blurry, but it's the best one of four.

Inside the tunnel of lights in the National Museum.  

Inside the National Museum.

Jane, watching Nils play bumper football.

Nils makes the kick and SCORES!  Okay, not really, but you should have seen how that guy ran into him and Nils seriously sent him flying!  Too bad I didn't get a picture of that!

The fountain outside the National Museum and looking over the other monuments and mosque.