Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Homeschool Christmas Choir

This weekend we enjoyed watching The Central Alberta Homeschool Christmas Choir, directed by Debbie Zepick, which Rebekah was singing in.  They were performing in 3 different locations in central Alberta and were raising money for a boys orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania. They were able to purchase 6 acres of land last year and should be able to build an orphanage this year.  All the boys and the couple in charge have been living in a rented house. If you would like to know more about Project Mwanza, click here.

The choir was accompanied by an orchestra.  They have been practicing since the beginning of September, for 2 hours a week and much more practicing this last week.

It was so beautiful and we were so proud of all the homeschoolers. Especially the little ones because that was a lot of standing and waiting for their parts.  There was 120 homeschool students in the choir and 30 more in the orchestra.

This was at their last performance in Stettler Sunday afternoon.

I was able to take a video of the choir singing, "Angels are Making Their Rounds" in Red Deer.  I was sitting too close and couldn't get the orchestra or all 120 choir members in the picture. Plus, my camera has not very good sound. But it will give all the grandparents an idea of what Rebekah has been up to. 

Rebekah was sad it was over, but she only has to wait 9 months to begin practicing again!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Festivities

We are having much fun this Christmas.  Here are some of the things we have enjoyed lately.
The kids are enjoying our advent calendar that my mom made when I was just a little girl. I always buy halloween candy on clearance to fill it up.
The kids and I in our costumes for our church's Christmas play. Jacob was a priest and sang 2 songs. Rebekah was the angel of the Lord and had a speaking part.  I was Mary and Ben was Joseph. I was SO proud of Ben! This was completely out of his comfort zone, but he wanted to do it and he did an excellent job! We didn't have to speak, but we had to act out the story.
Here is Jacob singing one of his songs.
Rebekah just being joyful.
Ben and me looking at "Baby Jesus" in the manger.
Rebekah had a homeschool youth Christmas party straight from our church Christmas play and there was a "tacky Christmas costume" prize.  Rebekah wasn't wearing her light up Christmas tree had in this picture.
The next day, the CP Rail Christmas Train came through our little town. It is lit up beautifully and there is a band that plays a little concert.  We always enjoy the Christmas Train. They hand out hot chocolate and take donations for the local food bank.  If you want to know the schedule for the train click here for Canada and here  for the States. There is still about 5 days left on their tour.
Doc Walker and Miss Emily are performing in Canada.
Rebekah down the tracks.
So now we have the Homeschool Choir performances ahead of us and the best day, Christmas!

Wacky Wednesday

Today I am participating in Country God Girl's Wacky Wednesday link up. Thanks Rebekah for hosting!

This morning, while doing school, I guess Ben got hungry.  He had Larry make him some toast. While he was eating his toast, I just reminded him that he still had to do math. His response to me was this;

"My stomach doesn't want to do math right now."

Now I think I've heard every excuse to not do school work!