December 2014: Painted Kitchen, Sasha Christmas Concert, Christmas Tree, Anya Christmas Concert, Winter Carnival of Nations, Colonial Feast
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Here's a few shots of the new blue kitchen and hall. Marvel at the blueness!
Sasha Tone Chimes 1 video
Sasha Tone Chimes 2 video
Sasha playing Tone Chimes. They are really cool and have a very calming and adorable sound.
The orchestra does their bit.
Sasha, in the role of "Hanukkah Child"
Sasha Chorus 1 video
Sasha Chorus 2 video
Anya enjoys the show
Sasha front and center for her solo
This show was funny in that it went way way way out of the way to be inclusive.
There were no traditional holiday songs but Kwanza, Jewish and "Mexican" Christmas all got a song!
Decorating the tree
We got it up kind of late in the year but it looked nice
New location in the middle of the dining room
The Decoration Gang!
This year's new decorations sent by Grandma Fisher!
The Christmas program at Anya's school
Orchestra, chorus, and Trip Hop Techno-Rave!
Rather than having the little first graders
Each class did choreographed dance numbers. We saw the ravers above, the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer dancers and then...
Anya's class doing a James Brown number called Soul Child
James Brown Christmas Video
That was obviously my funky favorite.
Then for the grand finale they did a big medley with all the kids and chorus combined.
Concert Finale 1
Concert Finale 2
After the program we went back to Anya's class
She showed off her Steampunk Turkey from Thanksgiving
...and Sasha got to visit her old classroom. Great show Anya!
Sasha cuddled up with her baby quilt
Sasha dressed up as Belle for character day during spirit week and proof that a careless Spideman goes to Anya's School
The Winter Festival at Sasha's school
This year the theme was Christmas around the world
Each station was manned by people from the country represented.
This was my favorite gift basket in the silent auction (someone bought it immediately).
Sasha makes bookmarks in the Philippines
Ornaments in Ukraine
The Italians liked Anya
While Sasha liked the Mango lasse and samosa bar in India
Japan and Bulgaria
The day ended with the silent auction. Sasha bid on and then defended a Fairy basket against counter-offers.
Anya models the Fairy basket winnings back at home
A static electric day at Trashmore
Giant projected snowflakes at the mall
Anya and Alan make Lego Robots
The colonial Feast at Sasha's school
It was a massive tasting buffet
There were all kinds of authentic colonial cuisine
There were all kinds of new tastes
And the kids were surprisingly game to try new foods!
Here's my contribution. A porridge type grits gruel called Nasaump
ground flint cornmeal
At first the kids were leery of it
But I would let them know that the main ingredients were fresh berries, maple syrup and lots of sugar.
After that most everybody tried some
Sasha's class arrives
Right next to my dish was freeze dried okra stalks. I told the kids they were dried and dismembered alien fingers
The colonials were in constant fear of alien invasion but considered the alien fingers a delicacy.
Most of the kids came back for seconds and thirds!
Sasha, your plate runneth over.
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