Thanksgiving Potluck

We had such a wonderful time on Saturday night at our Family Fun Thanksgiving Potluck. Lots of families came along with our room grandparents and other members of the fellowship. It was a packed house!

As the turkey finished cooking, gravy was made, and people arrived with their side dishes, we played and decorated place mats. The place mats were so colorful and artistic – and creative! I think the life cycle of the turkey was my favorite!

Then it was time to eat. We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, fresh breads and rolls, salads, crock pot lasagna, and other yummy dishes. If you had any room left, there were plenty of desserts: cranberry salad, apple crisp, fig bread, caramel apple cheese cake, donuts, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mince meat pie, and other delectable sweets. It was a feast!

When we were done eating, everyone was given a feather to write something they were thankful for on. Then we played “pin-the-feather-on-the-turkey.”  So fun! Maeve spun me so many times I headed in the complete wrong direction! Thankfully she guided me and I finally made it to the turkey. Our families and friends are thankful for so many things: their families, the fellowship, being able to celebrate together, friendships, food, and having fun.

The evening ended with a massive clean-up effort. Thank you Michael, Cybil, Kim, Scott, and Kathleen, among many others who extended helping hands in the kitchen.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday everyone!!

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Halloween Party!

Tonight was spooktacular! The McGaugheys hosted an amazing family Halloween Party! We played, jumped on a trampoline, ate, dared to be scared, danced, decorated pumpkins, and guessed each other’s costumes. Such fun!

The night started with free play and costume admiring. We had a lot of Harry Potter characters at the party: Ginny, Doby, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, and even Harry himself! We also had ninjas, a dragon, a fire fighter, a chef, a princess, a spider, a zebra, a monkey, a bride of Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, a jedi, a zombie cheerleader, a construction worker, a witch, and more!

Then there was more playing and dinner. It was great seeing the kids having so much fun together!

If you dared, you could walk through the scary haunted hallway in the basement. There was a reward at the end, though – a dance party! The kids had some awesome moves. Owen even tried breakdancing!

Then we played games: pin the eyeball on the monster, eat a fruit-by-the-foot without your hands, and find your partner (Scott’s Juliet found Courtney’s Romeo and my Bert found Sandy’s Ernie!). Some kids decorated pumpkins, too. So cute!

Treats abound tonight, but for me that wasn’t the sweetest thing. It was seeing the kids playing, eating, jumping, and dancing together. We have such amazing families!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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PNO Pajama Party

We had a wild and crazy time at the PNO Pajama Party on Friday night. We build a fort, played football, ate pizza, drew pictures, played games, watched Toy Story, and ate cake. It was a lot of fun!

The night started off with fort building. Using tables, chairs, the dividers from the Jupiter (Large RE) room, and sheets I had brought from home, the kids constructed a cool fort for the night. It was even equipped with beds – although none of the kids wanted to do any sleeping at this pajama party!

After that, we went outside and played football and a quick game of elephant tag.

Then it was inside for pizza, carrots, grapes, and milk. Yummy!

After dinner, we broke up into 3 groups: one went into the nursery to play with toys, one back outside to play football, and another stayed inside to draw and perfect our fort.

At 7:30 it was movie time! This month we watched Toy Story. Most of the kids snuggled up in the Jupiter room for the movie and popcorn. Some stayed in the nursery to play with toys. They built buildings with the cardboard bricks, made tea, and took dolls for walks. Another group played games in the Inez Alsop room with Harriette Janke. She brought all sorts of new games to introduce to the kids, like Rummy Cube. Rumor had it the games were quite competitive!

Jack Warren’s birthday party group was nice enough to leave us some cake, so at 8:30 we took a cake break. Happy Birthday Jack! The kids REALLY enjoyed the cake!

After the sugar rush, some of the kids watched the rest of the movie. Others played tag, built buildings with blocks, or drew pictures.

To finish the night, we had a dance party! It was rockin’ good fun. We paused the music every so often, and some of the poses the kids had to freeze in were tough. I was super impressed!

All in all it was a pajamarific good night!

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RE in November

The month of November is social action month in the RE program. The 3rd-6th graders will be working on an ethical eating project, and the K-2nd graders will be working on multiple social action projects involving animals. In the pre-K room, the preschoolers will be learning how to help at the fellowship and at home, and in the nursery, the infants and toddlers will be practicing activities, like setting the table and picking up toys, to help their families. We will also have two social activities: on November 4th we will have Parents’ Night Out and on November 19th we will have our first annual Family Fun Thanksgiving Potluck.