pinterest-dd591.htm Oak Creek Academy: December 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Month of Photos

On Pinterest, someone had posted a "Photographing December List", the original post is linked!  Well there's nothing like jumping in half way (or slightly before halfway) now is there?  I'll see what I keep up with and if I can catch up with some of the previous one's as well.

Today, December 15th, is Christmas cards. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wreaths Across America

This past Saturday, many folks across the United States participated in "Wreaths Across America".  Wreaths Across America are a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.  (Copied almost directly form their site).

A solemn time to remember those of have served our country and died in combat or later in life.  It was a time to come together to show our support, our respect, and our thanks.

Here are a few photo highlights:
 Presentation of the Color Guard

Following are representatives from all Branches of Services including a
representative for POW/MIA's.  Unfortunately, I missed a photo, I believe
of the Marines.  I meant to talk one of all.


Taps being played, prior to
laying the wreaths.

One section of Quantico National Cemetery

Gentleman paying his respects.

Still brings tears to my eyes when remembering the fallen soldiers service to our country.  Was hard to see dates of those younger than myself, who've died within the last year or so.  Reminded me to be thankful for those who have served in various wars and made it home safely. 

Remember, freedom is not free, there is a cost.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

School Pictures

We actually had professional school pictures this year!  With a photographer!  With the usual blue back ground!  (I've had the disc with photo's on it for almost a month and am just getting to this ~ okay, blame my computer issues! ;) )

So, here is our 2011/2012 class:

 Thing Two
Third Grade

Thing One
Sixth Grade

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It was Christmas Craft time this past Friday - Gingerbread houses to be exact!  Bought a couple Wilton's kits a week or two ago and thought it would be loads of fun for the boys to do.

Mid decorating, once the houses were put together.

Youngest adding decorating candy to "their" house!
(yes, decorating candy - tastes bad but looks pretty on this sort of thing)

More additions to the house!
First house put together!  Looks pretty bad from the
other sides as it was hard to find the right consistency
of frosting to hold the ginger bread together.

Boys finished project!  Looks a lot better than the other one!

Lessons Learned:
  • don't plan to eat these and use super glue to hold house together
  • probably does pay to trim the house part to a bit more square ~ I'd thought I could easily figure out the right consistency of frosting and use enough to keep it up (WRONG)
  • have ginger bread cookies available to eat while working on houses as the house smells good enough to eat
  • have a few bowls worth of different consistency of frosting; it will be helpful!

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm B.A.C.K.

Kevin and I found a refurbished MAC on Ebay for a couple hundred less than what it would have cost to fix the water damaged one.  It arrived Saturday and various parts and pieces from the old one, that still worked (memory board mainly) have been transferred over.  So, I'm back to blogging again.

Boys and I are into a light Christmas school season.  We're reading a lot of fun Christmas books, watching Christmas movies, have made ginger bread houses (I'll blog about that soon - what an experience!), choir practice.

Now to spend some time updating the look of the blog for the holidays!