Saturday, February 23, 2013

Father Daughter Times

Every Friday night Robin and Emily go to The Club and last night was no exception. The Club had a Masquerade Gala as a winter fun activity. Apparently Robin wasn't wearing his mask all night but the 2 of them took time to pose for a photo. Once again, Robin and Emily had a great time interacting with some of the youth of Halifax. I wasn't there so I can't share any stories but I know there are some good ones.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A night at the improv

Robin has done it again. He and Emily have started up another puppet group. Actually, they are kind of involved in 2 new puppet groups. Last night the 2 groups met and what a night it was. There are 6 youth at our church that have been working weekly since November. 2 of them are leaders in the youth group at church. The other 3 are not always able to be involved in youth ministries, but are part of the youth group, and puppets is proving to be a GREAT fit for them. They are enthusiastic and seem to love being involved. The last member is Peter. He is not old enough to go to youth group but he loves puppets and so he is a part of the group. Gaëlle was the paper thrower last night during the black light song. Normally she is just part of the audience.

Their first performance was in December at our church and the puppets proved to be a big hit with young and old alike. They were then invited to perform at the Christmas Eve service. Another great night.

Last night they headed to The Club. Every Friday night Emily and Robin volunteer at The Club. They both love it and have started a puppet club there as well. So the church group performed 2 songs for The Club and then the club members put on their puppets and went at it. There was soooo much energy in the room. There were smiles and laughter and just generally a lot of people - young and old - having a great time. 

Last night there was another volunteer who does music therapy with the members of the club. She was fantastic and really added to the energy in the room. All puppet groups should have one of her. It's going to be so exciting to see what roads open up for ministry with this group of youth. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Small Recap

Josh loves donair sauce. He introduced the kids to grilled cheese sandwiches with donair sauce. They think he is a genius. 

We had a lot of snow over the weekend. Fortunately Robin hauled out the snowblower and it still works. He spent a lot of time outside cleaning up the snow and not just around our house. He helped out the neighbors as well. And I think he loved it.

It was time to come up with some Valentine goodies for school. Gaëlle did hers all by herself. She was focused and was pleased with the results. I bought little stamps and notepads on sale at Michaels. So she put them in little bags and we stapled the card on top. 

I found an idea for Peter online. His teacher this year loves Skittles, the candy. So he asked if he could give out skittles. Normally the kids just give out cards. Home made or store bought. But I decided to let him give out candy. 

I found circle tags online which he taped to cardstock and then we stapled it to small bags of candy. He was also pleased with the result.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Baking Fun

My sister, Ruth, gave me this Whoopie Pie recipe book for Christmas. We've all been drooling over some of the recipes and one day Josh and Robin were on the same wave length about having some whoopie pies. However, only Josh put his thoughts into action.

Josh actually made some whoopee pies. He chose Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies with a Coffee Filling. That's mainly because we had all the ingredients. 

This should be where I say that Gaëlle cleaned up all the dishes. However, this is actually where Gaëlle played with the dishes in the sink and used up 1/2 the bottle of dish detergent before I realized it. 

Our taste tester or bowl licker outer extroadinaire.

The finished product. They were really good. The coffee filling was definitely noticeable but a good addition to the cinnamon of the snicker doodle. As far as I'm concerned, Josh can make these anytime he wants.