Monday, February 27, 2012

School Projects

Mamie and Griffin both have projects due for the "Think Show" at school this week.  Mamie's grade's project was to choose a charity in the city to research and write a report on.  She chose to do her project on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  They also had to make something that would advertise or raise support or awareness for their charity.  She had just taken sewing lessons, so she wanted to sew something.  She sewed a simple tote bag using her Hello Kitty sewing machine and put the St. Jude logo on the front.  It turned out really cute, and we had a lot of fun working on it together.

Griffin's grade is doing reports on different decades.  His class is doing the 1990's.  Griffin chose to do a sports report, and he chose Wayne Gretzky out of all the sports heroes of the 90's (so random).  He also chose to do a video broadcast instead of writing a report (he is just like Richie).  Here is his video. This one is dedicated to you and your dream, Uncle David! I know y'all are all SO impressed by how high quality this video is...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Project 52 - Cabin Fever

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The theme for this week was Cabin Fever. We have actually had some really great Spring weather around here this week, so that was a great cure for the cabin fever that we had been feeling!

The girls decided to eat their after-school snack outside.

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Richie's trip to Israel

Richie just returned from a 10-day trip to Israel with some people from our church.  His dad was able to go on the trip too.  It was such a memorable and meaningful trip for them.  Here are some of the pictures that he took while he was there.

The Sea of Galilee
on a boat on the Sea of Galilee

An ancient olive press used to make olive oil
ancient olive press

Ancient ruins from the 1st century in Capernaum
ancient ruins from 1st century in Capernaum

The site that is believed to be Peter's house in Capernaum
believed to be site of Peter's house in Capernaum

A boat from Jesus' day found in the Sea of Galilee
boat from Jesus' day found in Sea of Galilee

The site of the Feeding of the 5000.
site of the Feeding of the 5000

Richard Pratt lecturing at the ancient temple at Dan.
Richard Pratt lecturing at the ancient temple at Dan

Northern Israel
Northern Israel

Caesarea Philippi

A shepherd in Nazareth
Shepherd in Nazareth

Richie and his dad at Mt. Carmel
at Mt. Carmel

The Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane

Old Jerusalem
Old Jerusalem

At the Wailing Wall (wearing mandatory yamakas)
Wailing Wall (mandatory yamakas)
Dad at the Wailing Wall
Wailing Wall (people put their prayers in the wall)

Worship Service at Baraka Presbyterian Church on the West Bank - Richard Pratt with a translator
church service at the West Bank (Baraka Presbyterian Church - Pratt with translator)


A model of 1st century Jerusalem and the temple
model of the temple

Pratt's disciples
Pratt's disciples

They had a McDonald's in Masada. Here's Bro eating a Big Tex burger!
McDonalds at Masada (eating the Big Tex!)

If you are interested, there are also a couple of videos in my Flickr set.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daddy's HOME!

Richie went on a trip to Israel for 10 days, and he got home on Sunday.  We missed him so much, and we were so excited to see him when he got back!  The kids wanted to have a celebration to welcome him, so they made posters....

And Mamie made a heart-shaped cookie cake using this cute cookbook that she got for Christmas from her Nana.

Then they waited...and waited....and waited...

When he finally got here they screamed and ran to hug him.  It was a great welcoming home!

Bro brought the kids these souvenirs.

Richie brought each of us a special souvenir too. He brought me a nativity made out of olive tree wood.

He brought Mamie a cup to remind her of God's love poured our for her and to remind her to share his love with others.

He brought Griffin a slingshot to remind him of the story of David and Goliath, and to remind him that he can do all things through Christ's strength.

He brought Margaret a pink cross charm for a necklace. (Pink because she loves pink and it's fancy.) It's to remind her of the joy of her salvation.

We are so glad that daddy is home! I will post some of Richie's pictures from their trip later on this week.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

King Cake Breakfast

Since it's Fat Tuesday, I made this for breakfast...

One can of these, plus purple, green and yellow sprinkles. Griffin found the baby this year! Mamie found it last year, so Margaret is certain that next year is her year!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Simon Says

It was really cold here last week, and the kids were getting cabin fever.  (Mamie was playing at a friend's house.)  So, we bundled up and played a very active game of Simon Says.  Simon had them running across the yard, skipping to trees, doing jumping jacks, etc...  Then we rode scooters around the block.  We only made it for about 20-30 minutes, but it was better than nothing!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Project 52 - True Love

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I am jumping in a few weeks late to Project 52 with My 3 Boybarians.  I had hoped to do a Project 365, but I failed at that after about two weeks.  So now I am going for the once a week photo...much more "do-able."  Maybe next year!  The theme for this week was "True Love."  I have already posted this picture, but I am reposting it for the project.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

(Valentine card idea found here)

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