This year Atley's class is studying Virginia History. On Friday the school hosted a Colonial day. It was really an amazing event for the kids. With the help of a lot of parents the kids had the option to attend 5 out of 12 classes in which they learned all about colonial life. The classes ranged from quilting, to colonial herbs & medicines, to calligraphy. I had the wonderful privilege of teaching tin-smithing. That's right! I taught one hundred 4th graders who were all wielding potentially deadly weapons and sharp pieces of tin how to punch intricate designs with a nail and a hammer. My ears are still a little sore. The truth is it actually made me a little nostalgic for teaching. We really had so much fun. The kids performed Colonial dances like the Virginia Reel and ate a fantastic colonial lunch. Of course we were all in costume.
Saturday night was our church Christmas Party. This gave the kids a chance to reiterate just exactly what they hope to find under the tree Christmas morning.
We also had a few minutes Saturday morning to craft, which is definitely one of my favorite Christmas activities. We made these cute little snowman ornaments from battery-powered tea lights (Target $ Section).
Today (Sunday) the snow and ice came. Church was let out early and Scott built a cozy fire. The kids sledded for awhile only to come in and warm themselves by the fire. Then we roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores. It was perfect. I felt so Norman Rockwell-ish. To top off our beautiful little piece of perfect Americana, we discovered that school was cancelled. You have no idea how much I needed a snow day! A day where I wasn't needed or expected to go anywhere. I cannot wait.