Sunday, March 16, 2008

Where has this month gone?!?!?!

This week finds me in the last stages of preparing for our group's last monthly homeschool event for the year. Our homeschool group chose the theme "World's Fair" this year for our monthly activities and it has been interesting as we've read books on China, Austria, Holland and now Africa.

I'm rather pumped at what we've come up with this month since these "Group Days" tend to stress me out. (hmpf) That's a bit of an understatement. Really.....I honestly think I'd rather have a tooth filled than endure the brainstorming, planning and then carrying out of a dreaded "Group Day". Being on a committee with imaginatively creative minds that threaten to spin my tame world out of control unnerves me. I really don't do good with the fluidity of creative genius (unless I'm the genius wandering in and out of wonderful ideas, and then it's okay, of course.) Other people being fluid with their ideas and leaking them onto me makes me want to run and and hide for cover. All that said, at this point I'm feeling pretty good about this one.

As we wrap up our school year, the committee I'm on chose to read a book about David Livingstone. We have invited a couple dads to speak about their visit to Africa (complete with a power-point presentation); one of the moms has organized a program that utilizes a dozen or so teens and their musical abilities (my guitar-playing son is part of this ensemble), another mom is in charge of decorating and we are topping off the day with a pitch-in international luncheon. I'm responsible for the luncheon part (basically looking up simple ethnic recipes for others to make and organizing the details of the meal.)

The items on the menu are:

Arroz Con Pollo -- Latin/South America
Tortilla Chicken Casserole -- Latin/South America
Polynesian Meatballs -- Polynesia
Chicken Lo Mein -- Orient
Squash and Peanuts -- Africa
Chicken with Cumin Sauce -- Africa
Coconut Rice -- Africa
Taquitos with sour cream and salsa -- Mexico
Humous and Pita Chips -- Mediterranean
Mexican Dip and Chips -- Mexico
Loaves of French Bread and Brie Cheese -- France
Eggrolls -- China
Pizza - Italy

Australian Jack (cake) -- Australia
Pinapple Custard -- Australia
Eclairs - France

I think that's a pretty fun and mouth-watering food line-up. I'm starting to look forward to it.

More later after I survive the day. Maybe I'll even remember to take my camera.

Bis dann!

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