Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My lunch: an omelet with sausage, mushrooms, onions, cheddar, and spinach on whole wheat toast.  So yummy!  And do you like my plate? :)
 Pal wanted to know why I was taking a picture of it.  What?!  Doesn't everybody take pictures of their lunch to post on their blog? 

You may have noticed there's a holiday coming up, and it's not Christmas.  Or maybe you haven't noticed, it seems like a lot of people have forgotten about Thanksgiving this year.  I'm not lying: I've heard more hype about shopping AFTER Thanksgiving than about Thanksgiving itself.  I guess giving thanks just doesn't rate compared to giving and getting tons of presents.

Anyway, the kids and I have been reading some cute books about Thanksgiving, and today we read The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty. 

Mini just wants to help, but everyone keeps telling her she's too little. Finally, Mini meets a native American girl who is as little as Mini, and discovers that she's not too little to make a friend. As you can tell, it's not really about Thanksgiving, but it's close enough, right? Pilgrims, Indians, making friends...and it does appear, from the illustrations and the types of jobs that everyone tells Mini she's too little for, that the pilgrims are preparing for a feast.

Then we decided to make an Indian friend and a couple of pilgrim friends, combining instructions and templates from Family Fun and Kaboose.

That's Mini on the right and her new friend in the middle.  The boy must be Mini's brother who told her she was too little to help stack wood, although oddly enough, in our version, they're the same size...  FYI, if you do this yourself, use lots of strong glue and be prepared to supplement with tape.

By the way, one of the things we've learned while reading these Thanksgiving books is that pilgrims would have worn black only on special occasions, since black cloth was so expensive.  For every day, they wore colorful clothing dyed with natural dyes.

I got a few good pictures of the kids while we were out playing in the snow this morning--just had to post this one.  They had just started down the hill.

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