Now this year we are introducing another tradition, and that is handmade gifts day. One day of Ayyám-i-há will be for the giving of gifts we make for each other. Today's advent activity (the last one, since tomorrow is the first day of Ayyám-i-há!) was for the boys to make their gifts. Here I am sharing a couple of those projects - first Rylan wanted to make a comic book for his Dad. I put together a little booklet, with pre-cut card stock on which I glued Rylan's writing paper, so it would be easier for him to write out his story. I bound it with tiny key rings.
Before beginning the comic, Rylan dictated the story to me, I typed it onto the computer, and printed it out for him so he could refer to the typed version to help with the spelling of words. He worked on the book while I put Damian down for a nap.
A story about a boy "Super Rylan" :) who saves his Daddy from a big, mean dragon!
Damian made this little money box for Rylan. My kids have never had piggy banks, but recently Rylan was sent some gifts of money from relatives, so I felt it was time for him to have a little place to save it, and to start learning more about money. So, I bought this little box at the craft store, and let Damian colour all over it with crayon, then gave him a pot of orange paint (Rylan's favourite colour) and let him go wild. While he was painting I asked him how he thought we should decorate the box when the paint was dry and he nodded and said, "Dinosaurs"...why am I not surprised! ;)
So I helped him put the letters in the right place, and then he covered the box with dino stickers.
I will try to share one more handmade gift tonight, but the rest I will post about next week. I think I will be taking a few days off, until Monday, to enjoy celebrating with my family...and having my husband back home. Yes, tomorrow is a double present for us, first day of Ayyám-i-há and my sweet hubby comes back home after a two week long business trip on the mainland (the kids are counting down the hours, they miss Daddy so much!). I cannot tell you how much this period has really made me realize just how much I depend on him! All you single moms out there, you are AMAZING!!! I don't know how you do it!?
To my Bahá’í readers, wishing you all a VERY happy and blessed Ayyám-i-há spent with family and friends, and to the rest have a wonderful weekend filled with the same! :)