Reading, Teaching, Learning

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Celebration Saturday

 
I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, every Saturday!
 
What a great Thanksgiving week!  So much to celebrate!
 
- Dinner with Libby's fiancé's family, the Stagnaros, last Saturday night at our house.  Jamie has a wonderful family (he's one of 10 siblings!), and we have so much fun when we get together with them. 
 
                                                   Libby and her future sisters-in-law!
 
 
- My students finished up a biography project the day before we left for Thanksgiving break.  They read DK biographies and created monuments/memorials for their people.  They did a great job!  I'll write more about this in next week's Nonfiction Wednesday post.
 
 
Some even created 3-D ones!
 
 
- The girls both came home for the holidays!  Yay!  It was so nice to have them around.  Katie left last night since today is the big OSU/Michigan game.
 
- We went to a cake-tasting on Wednesday to choose a cake for the wedding.  We had so much fun!  It's going to be a beautiful and delicious cake!
 
  Libby, Jamie, and the Maid of Honor, Hannah. 
 
- No cooking on Thanksgiving day - woo-hoo!  Since we host Friends' Thanksgiving, I get my share of cooking, cleaning, and traditional Thanksgiving food.  Our families were in Florida this year, so we decided to book reservations at a restaurant instead of cooking.  It was delicious! After dinner we saw "Mockingjay Part 1," which we thought was very good, and then we had pie and coffee at Katie's boyfriend's family's house (his dad is our pastor).  It was a great way to end the day.
 
               Katie's "traditional" Thanksgiving meal and a sisters' snapshot by the Christmas tree

Perfect for our Christmas card this year!
 
Now we're excited about the Christmas season.  It's my favorite time of year.  We put our tree up yesterday, so we're ready!  Off to read YOUR celebrations!
 
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

  1. Holly, There's so much joy in these celebrations!!! Cake tasting, mmmmm! Wedding planning! There are so many exciting things going on and I love hearing about all of them. I bet you enjoyed having your daughters home! It sounds like it was a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing!! :)

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    1. It was great to have them home, Michelle!

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  2. What a lovely weekend! I too, love reading about the wedding preparations. Being around Friends and Family is such a blessing this time of year. Thanks for sharing your celebrations with us. I love reading the reflections of people who are "one step" ahead of me in parenting, so I can learn some things. :) Thanks again for sharing your story.

    (Also, I read your comment on my post, you should try to make it to the race sometime. Put it on your bucket list! I think it's totally worth it! Bring the fam...) :)

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    1. Kendra - That would be fun! It's a little far, though. ;-)

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving season, Holly - such a special time for your family this year, in particular. LOVE that X'Mas photograph!

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    1. Thanks, Tara, and yes, it is a very special time. I think that's why I feel teary a lot! Ha.

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  4. Enjoy this holiday with your growing family! Beautiful pictures.

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  5. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing that Christmas picture early. Getting "kids" home for a little bit is such a joy.

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    1. They're always our kids, no matter how old they get, aren't they?!

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  6. Sounds like you had an amazing week! It must be so much fun to have your girls home even for just a little while. I will be looking in Wed. Fir more info about your biography project!

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    1. It was, Gigi! I'm feeling a little sad today now that they're gone again. The biography project was fun! "See" you Wed. :-)

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  7. Wow! So many wonderful things to celebrate! Having family around is the best, isn't it? I think I'm happiest when all 3 kids are home. :) (The cake looks delicious!!)

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    1. Julie - I feel the same way!! And yes, the cake was delicious!!

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  8. I'm happy to hear more about the wedding plans, & to see that you're having lots of family time, Holly. I don't have the tree up, but other Christmas things are appearing. Have a good week!

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  9. Yum, taste testing wedding cake. Sounds like getting ready for a wedding is full of joy in your house. I can almost hear it in your photos. Love celebration Saturday!

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