A couple weeks ago there was a power outage at the school. Since it was cold and there was no way to serve lunch they cancelled school on that Friday. Bonus long weekend for the kids! I went to Russian lessons in the morning as usual. Part way through I get a call from Emily asking if she and Marcy can do "arts and crafts". I said fine as long as they clean up the mess. Then she called back again asking for tape. Then she called again to ask if she could use a random bag of "stuff" she found with the art supplies. I knew which bag she meant. It was a bag of metallic and non-metallic items that I used long ago at a Brownie meeting to demonstrate magnetism. There was stuff in there like nails and screws, hair clips, plastic o-rings from curtains, unused cabinet safety latches, and much other random stuff. I wondered what creation they would come up with that I would have to keep around for a while and then find the chance to throw away. But, they surprised me with a homemade nativity scene. Those who know me well know I've collected them for a long time (since age 7!) They made the whole thing using tape which wasn't holding together too well so tonight Emily and I took it apart and hot glued everything back together. They were both extremely creative in using all that random stuff and this one definitely rivals other homemade nativities - it might even beat the beer can, wine cork nativity. See what you think!
A close-up of the Holy Family
Two kings and the shephard
The two-legged donkey and sitting sheep
(with 3rd king in the background)