Yesterday we did some fun Thanksgiving activities. We started by reading a 'Treehouse Mystery' book called "Thanksgiving on Thursday". The story was about a brother and sister who get transported back in time to the first Thanksgiving and get to meet the Pilgrims (including Governor Bradford, Capt. Miles Standish and others), and Squanto and help prepare for that first Thanksgiving feast. It was just enough 'fiction' adventure mixed in with historical fact to keep all of them interested for the entire book, which was about 75 pages. (Well, Lukey fell asleep, but that's because he was tired out from crying over a boo-boo and it was almost nap time...).
Then we went at gathered a few branches to decorate our Thanksgiving Tree. We put the branches in a vase and filled it with sand to keep it upright. Then the kids took colorful leaves (that I had cut out of construction paper ahead of time) and wrote things they were thankful for, and we hung them on the branches. It was a lot of fun, and the kids had so many things they were thankful for I had to cut out more leaves! Of course, no project in our family goes completely smoothly, so there was a bit of bickering over who thought of it first to write thankful for 'brothers' and 'sister' - which made for quite an amusing irony - fighting over being thankful for each other! :)
Included on the leaves of our tree (in no particular order other than what I can see from where I'm sitting right now...) are grandparents, brothers, sister, cousins, aunts & uncles, God, electricity, toys, Glick's new house, mom, dad, Jesus, the cross, our dog, food, water, ice cream, house, the USA, Christmas, books, Pottstown & Stowe, clothes, Nanny, Kelsey, PS2, music and Elley. (While Luke was writing Elley, he was explaining how he loved her and was going to be nice to her now - which is actually why he didn't want to share his scissors with her...because he didn't want her to get hurt. Uh-huh. That one should probably win the award for 'most creativity of the day'!)