Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Revelry! PART ONE

Party Food!

Oh, my goodness! It has been a very busy, but fun (and exhausting!) week for our family.

Well, I guess the beginning of the week was not too bad. We spent most of Wednesday deep cleaning, in preparation for the homeschool classes at our house the next day. Then mutual happened later that night, and the seeds of our Halloween celebrations began to sprout...

There are now THREE people that attend the Teacher's Quorum activities in our family, because Russell was recently called as the Teachers' Adviser. They spent Wednesday night carving their entry for the ward pumpkin-carving contest, and then left it on our kitchen counter until the ward party on Saturday night. (I thought the mold that formed inside of it was a nice touch.*wink*)

Grayse, doing crafts in our Love of Learning class on Thursday. (Note her new haircut, which was provided by her older brother Ronan. *sigh*)
So, Thursday came with all it's wonderful fun and chaos. We LOVE having so many amazing homeschoolers in our home each week! While the big kids (ages 12 and older) attended Key of Liberty, Sword of Freedom, and Shakespeare class, the Core and Love of Learning kids (ages ranging from babies to eleven years old) created some adorable pumpkins out of fun foam, played games, colored with sidewalk chalk, and even had a water balloon fight!

Pumpkin Face Relay Race

Another big event that happened in our Renaissance classes on Thursday, was the big Gettysburg simulation for the Sword of Freedom class. Some of the students brought friends, and some of the younger kids (ages 9 and up) also got to join sides on either the North or the South, in this awesome experience! (I wish I had pictures to show of this!)

Brennan was the General for the North, and he and his Yankees barely licked the Johnny Rebs. Munitions consisted of water guns, squirt guns, and water balloons. Much carnage ensued!

Then in Shakespeare, we had a hilarious "Banter Battle" where we split into two groups to sling Shakespearean insults at one another. Later, we participated in an Elizabethan battle simulation as part of Brennan's presentation on "Elizabethan Weapons and Warfare."

Brennan demonstrating the inaccuracy of matchlock guns during the Elizabethan Age.

Team One making battle plans...

Team Two discussing strategy.

Team One is ready for action!

Duke giving out orders to his grunts and ammunition foragers.

Dressing Up for Maggie Party!!!

After collapsing Thursday evening, we spent Friday preparing for our Homeschooling Teen Benefit Party. We had a GREAT time!! In the end, we earned $109.80 for Maggie and her treatments. Below are some pictures of that awesome night!

Bonny as Juliet

Brennan as Scary Death


Yummy Food and Cute Kids!

We love these peoples!

Morganne as Hermione

Lliam as Link (Can you believe how tall this kid is?!)

Sisters Kimberly and Becky as Middle Earth Dwellers

Eric and Ruth-- Our great friends!

Cotton-Eye Joe!

Kick those heels, Preston!

Morganne is a pro at this dance!

I'm with my former student and dear friend, Kristina (ala' Midsummer Night's Dream)!!!

And here, with the lovely, talented, organized and wonderful Shauna! (Mom of Kimberly and Becky)

Funny Girls!

Whew! I'm sorry this is such a loooong post. I'll post more pictures of our holiday fun later.

(Ward party pictures, coming up in Part Two...)

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