|outside the assisted living center|
I ended up doing quite a lot of hayriding/ Christmas caroling this year. All sort of by accident. It's nice we have all sorts of groups in town that like this business of spreading Christmas cheer.
|singing to residents|
|Ahni was very into naughty and nice lists this year. Not sure if she has an in with Santa or not, but luckily I was always on her nice lists.|
Lex the baker
Lex loves baking. Cooking or any kind really, but when we do baking things he can add all sorts of ingredients, so I think that's his favorite.
My timing isn't so great.
|the whole group reading on their walk down to the computer lab|
Azia's Art Museum Field Trip
Azia's fourth grade TEA group (which used to be TAG–talented and gifted–though I have no idea what TEA stands for?) joined one of the fifth grade classes for a field trip to the Missoula Art Museum to see the Ansel Adams exhibit. The fourth graders had been reading about Ansel Adams and looking at his work for a few weeks leading up to the trip.
|Breeze checking out the photographs|
They had a collection of docents who gave the kids tours of all the different work on display at the museum and then had an Adams-inspired art project for the kids to work on.
This group of kids really impressed me. They were smart. They were knowledgeable about the art and all sorts of related issues. They were also interested in learning more and asked great questions, and were very respectful of the speakers and the building. It's always nice when that's the case.
|Azia working on the print-making step in her project.|
|All the kids art hanging, ready for their critique|
After lunch at the museum, they took the kids to check out the University on the way back. We mainly did a little mini-tour of the UC.
I think my favorite part of the UofM stop was watching the kids on the elevator.
I forgot how new and exciting small things like this can be. (Especially when you live in a town that might not even have one elevator? There must be one somewhere, though I honestly can't think of any buildings that have one.)
ornaments this year. These were going to all be gingerbread looking ones, but then I left the kitchen while Azia and Zoran were painting.
They turned out a lot more colorful.
School Christmas Concerts
I think the school was seeing if they could create the most awful lighting situation possible at the Christmas concerts. Low light + harsh spotlights on some random kids + strange colored lights on others? Photography was a bit hopeless.
|Israel is in there somewhere (Santa hat directly above Santa himself) though nearly hidden by the combination of pretty girls and bad light.|
|The high school choir always does a great job with their performances.|
Azia and Zoran on the way to their concert a few days later:
|my little drummer boy (okay so maybe it's xylophone or something)|
|Making music with his buddies: Lanie, Rodney, Zoran and Bryce|
|Lettie and Ahni: stylish sisters|
And also, I love beautiful winter skies and light.
|Entertaining himself with the old computer.|
But we still have a little work to do in that area.
Rain. Panning for Gold
Israel got a gold pan for Christmas. Any day now we will certainly strike it rich.
He's doing all the actual panning, but I say "we" because I've told him he has my support, so it's only right that he share his fortune once he finds it.
|A monster who likes to hug (even though he isn't supposed to) and who is just about exactly the same size as 9-year-old Azia.|
Rain, shorts. . . hardly seems like December.
So, we're taking down Christmas. . . on to the new year.