When I was in the fifth grade in Montgomery, Alabama, friendship pins were all the rage. I remember sitting for hours putting little beads on safety pins and then attaching them onto my shoelaces and such. We also strung little tiny beads on thread to make necklaces--rainbows were the favorite pattern of the time. (In fact, I'm sure my mom still has some of the necklaces we made--and I think there's a beaded safety pin still on a pair of her sandals!)
It's my turn to lead Brownies today. We're doing the Friends Are Fun try-it and making friendship pins as part of earning the badge. The book suggested friendship bracelets, but the ones they described were kind of lame, and I think the kind made from embroidery floss by tying knots would be a little too hard for the girls. I don't think they'd be able to finish them in the time we have...maybe next year for Juniors.
We're also making secret codes with a great Girl Scout code wheel that Terri told me about. I found it at this website and printed them out on cardstock. The girls are going to cut them out, color them, and then decode one of the other girls' names. Then they'll learn something new about that girl and share it with the troop. This code wheel is fun because the code can be different each time--making it impossible for little siblings to figure out!
Toben's parents came for Sunday dinner yesterday afternoon--pot roast, mashed potatoes, green beans with carmelized onions, "Joanne" carrots (braised with garlic, sugar, and parsley), and chocolate mousse. Yum. We celebrated Christmas with them and it was such fun to hang out for the afternoon.
I'm off to Monument tonight to meet my friends Emily and Michelle for dinner. I haven't seen either of them since we were all up in the mountains together for a girls weekend. It's really not that far to drive--about 35 miles--don't know why I haven't gotten down there sooner. So we'll celebrate Christmas together tonight--and Emily's birthday!
I suppose this all means that Christmas is finally over and I should take down the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations. It always makes me kind of sad. But I'm starting a new Beth Moore Bible study (Living Beyond Yourself) tomorrow at church! I don't know anyone there, but it's time to get involved. So I guess I'm off the hook for taking down the tree until Wednesday. (Although Ava is spending the day with me on Wednesday, so maybe I'd better wait until Thursday!)