Corn Husk Dolls

joyces-dollOn Monday, Adrian and Megan went to a class to learn how to make corn husk dolls.  Andrea and Audrey had volunteered to help, so they learned also while helping children between the ages of 6-9 learn to make their own.

Everyone enjoyed it so much that they wanted to create their own.  We had most everything we needed, so we spent Thursday afternoon designing more. It was a great way to spend a cooler fall day.

We thought it would be fun to make more, but we would like to get some raffia before we make them. We also would like to figure out how to make the boys a little differently.  They are not quite right.corn-husk-dolls

Seventy

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Saturday was Dad McGuire’s birthday. He wanted to get his chimney fixed for his present, so Allan and one of his brothers went to help Dad.  Then everyone who lived close enough, came by for a surprise party.

Dinner was good and the cake was excellent–we have some great bakers in the family!  But the best time was watching everyone interact.

The cousins, no matter the age, played a game of baseball following rules the girls made up to make it a more even game. Nothing could make it really even; the three boys were mostly older than the four girls on the other team and the babies kept switching teams or being “ghost” players or base holders. So, the rules got sillier as the game went along.The adults enjoyed the game, but mostly sat around talking about whatever.

Happy Birthday Opa!

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Audrey Teaching First Grade

Audrey was invited to teach three first grade classes on butterflies. She prepared a slide show sharing how she started and some things she has learned about Monarchs. Then she read one of her favorite butterfly books, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope and Sue Riddle, had a question time and interacted with the students for 45 minutes in each class.

All three classes were completely different.  The first class knew a lot about Monarchs.  They had raised a few and were bringing in more caterpillars and “critters” for the class to enjoy.  The caterpillars in the other classes had stopped growing and the students never got to see their full metamorphosis.

All of the children were curious about Audrey’s butterflies, even students we saw in the hallway as we walked between classes. It was a good morning for us as Audrey was able to pass on her love of butterflies to a new group of children.

Waterfall

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Audrey and I had a meeting early yesterday morning.  On the way home, we stopped by Bonneyville for a few fall pictures.  The waterfall was full of water after all the rain.  The leaves were pretty, but it was too windy to get any good pictures of them.