Feb. 14, 2013

Valentines Day party :)

On Thursday we had a Valentines Celebration with our homeschooling friends. 
It was soooo much fun! 25 children and their Moms/ parents came....so about 40 people in all.  It was noisy and chaotic, but so much fun - lots of laughter and chatter and playing...everyone brought snacks to share and they also brought Valentines/ treats for each of the children.

One of the activities was to make a 'mailbox' or bag - and decorate it ready for everyone to deliver their treats!  This is what many schools would do and I thought it would be fun for the children to do the same.  So we had a crafting station set up in the kitchen.

Susannah had the day off and luckily there were quite a few teens there too so she had a great day and said how pleased she was that she had been off of school :)  

It was such a fun day and I have another planned for St Patricks Day in March - and then will do an Easter one with an egg hunt too :)  

Thank you to everyone who came and joined us.  It was literally the BEST Valentines Day I have ever had - with the fun bowling, the party and then watching The Notebook in the evening with the girls before a soak in the bath...well, it was just perfect :)  

The table with just SOME of the food - there was more in the kitchen:


The ice cream cake that Joanne made was soooo good:


Abby found a heart shaped chip on Valentines day:


Bob the talking Cootie Catcher:


Lots of chatting and laughing with friends:


Some of the 'mail boxes' and bags:


Decorating cookies:



So good to see these two:


Shoes EVERYWHERE:


Cookie decorating station:


New friends who have joined us this week:



Craft station:


More 'mail boxes':


Valentine treats:



Some of the lovely Valentine treats that children gave me:


My boy :)



Homeschool bowling!!

A few weeks ago we signed up for homeschool bowling - and today was the first day we managed to get there!  Everyone was asked to wear pink or red for Valentines Day.  It was such a fun morning - the children had a blast with their friends and I loved watching them all together - seeing them all helping the little ones, mixing with the older ones, laughing and joking together and everyone so nice to each other - homeschooling sooo rocks!  Three new children joined the group in the last week and it was lovely to see how welcomed they are and already with so many friends!!  And to see two new Moms join our group and feel so welcomed and so happy to meet new friends - the whole morning just warmed my heart...I just can't describe it properly - but it was a perfect Valentines morning filled with love :)  




Birthday girl turns 11 :)



My Abby Banana turned 11 yesterday!  Amazing how fast 11 years can go!  Wow.

We went to Nizza's Pizza for lunch- next week we are going there for a field trip with friends, so it was nice to try the pizza first!

Abby chose an Angel Food Cake for her birthday cake - and she helped me decorate it with cream and chocolate buttons!









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