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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Beautiful Moment: Getting The Tree Up Edition and Snapshot Summary December 6-11 {Week 14}

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama for all to find and see.

Snapshot Summary December 6-11

After a breakfast that Saint Nicholas brought them they began decorating the tree.
The Advent calendar's window was opened to reveal our Christmas activity of the day which was Letters to Santa.
We completed math activities and then Quentin made a tiny tree from a bit of the pine boughs. He also made a little table out of the wood cookie cut from the bottom of the Christmas tree and some pieces of branches. He put it together and Steven helped him hot glue it.
Then he found Steven's minature Bible ornament and thought it was perfect for it.
I had planned to make these cupcakes this evening, but instead we decorated the tree. Katie is sick and so did not help us.Quentin arranged the Nutcrackers and Santas under the tree.
And then they are gathered watching The Nutcracker on Roku.

The first activity of the day was to open the Advent calendar to find out the Christmas activitiy but first, before we baked, we looked at Da Vinci's Annunciation. We measured each other and compared our measurements against Da Vinci's observations of the human figure. While the little boys were worked on their picture study, Sam worked on his drawing. Then Quinny began to make sketches of his own. While Sam worked on his Christmas wish list, James helped me make cinnamon cookies, in keeping with our cinnamon theme this week. Crystal snowflakes went on the Christmas tree. For teatime we had cinnamon hot cocoa. and the cinnamon cookies, which were like soft snicker-doodles. After dinner Steven rolled out the Stained Glass Cookie dough I had made earlier. The boys added the hard candies they had crushed earlier.
Merry Christmas!

We studied Tibet today.
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

The day started with the boys painting the cinnamon scented salt dough ornaments
while the cinnamon-applesauce ornaments dry by the fire.
 I started the pumpkin-butternut squash soup
and pumpkin biscuits that were to be served at dinner.
Then I helped Alex make a page in our postcard-geography album on New Hampshire.
James played on the computer,
which has been temporarily moved to the kitchen to make room in the family room for the Christmas tree. The pumpkin biscuits were then ready to take out of the oven.
Then the boys got started on their Tibetan palace doors, so that we could finish our unit on Tibet.
Meanwhile I helped Katie make cinnamon-spiced almonds.
Once the nuts had finished baking, and while they cooled a bit, I rolled up paper cones to put them in.
By this time the soup was almost ready.
Few more finishing touches and dinner was on the table.
Christmas movies and bedtime stories for the youngers.
Games by the fire for the olders.
Reading, writing,
cinnamon stick ornaments,
history, drawing
birdseed ornaments for the outside trees
in the afternoon, snow began to fall
tiny cold flakes that did not stick
but we made marshmallow snowmen inside instead

Outside lights were put up,
birdseed ormanments and a wreath were hung for our feathered friends,
plans were made for the coming week.


  1. Hi Phyliss,

    Thanks for stopping in. Love your tree moment. I instantly thought of the Charlie Brown tree when I saw your son holding his branch. Loved the Santa hat!

  2. How many nice moments you have! :o) Thanks for stopping by my "moment"..

  3. Whenever I look at your moments I think...I want to be in that family!
    Have a great weekend.

  4. When I look at your week each time I think....I want to join in!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. My favorite is the first followed by the leaf :)

  6. Ha ha ha we never can choose only one, ha ha ha.

    A big huge. And Have a nice weekend ;)

  7. Great photo of putting the tree up and the silliness that goes with it! And thank you for complimenting my pup!!

  8. Mmmmm.... all that cinnamon! I've GOT to try the almonds!

  9. Wow--so many great moments! Nice pictures and informative blog. Thanks for sharing.

  10. great moment! So festive!

  11. ooh. i like how you did the pictures with captions... that is really nice! what a wonderful week! I love this time of year... everyone's blogs look so cheery! ;)

    amy in peru

  12. Wow! I am your newest follower and can't wait to look around some more on your blog... can't believe I've never been here before!

  13. All that talk of cinnamon and pumpkin is making me hungry! ;)

  14. I love all of the hands-on stuff you've been doing. I have a blog award for you at http://www.homeschoolmo.com/2010/12/ive-been-awarded-blog-award.html


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