October just swept by. I’ve been consumed by finding Stella the right preschool – unsuccessfully 🙁 (more about that in a complete separate post of its own) and heavily crafting for my son’s very important school fundraiser scheduled at the end of November. I’m not exaggerating when I say I started preparations mid September. Just as soon as he started middle school the prepartions for this year’s one and only fundraiser started. It’s going to be a Christmas Bazar with handmade items by parents and students alike. All items will be donated and then sold at the two hour sale event on a Friday afternoon preceding the Holiday concert at school. This bazaar takes place only every two years and each grade has a certain responsibility. Our class will turn their room into a winter wonderland shop. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the classroom. They then keep half of the earnings for a classroom party and donate the other half to the school donation fund. The student body decides which non-profit will benefit from the school wide donation this year. Schools in Germany don’t do fundraisers like the US. As a classroom parent rep and generally loving school related events I’ve been doing overtime producing a truckload of sewn and stitched items for our big event.
So far my list of homemade items include a dozen or two of these items:
- Hair bow ties (inspired by Oliver + S)
- Fabric bracelets (instructions by Annabel Wrigley, Creativebug)
- Drawstring bags and mini fabric gift totes
- Christmas tree garland from felt
- Doll skirts with matching hair bow tie
- Musically inspired gift tags / tree hangers
- Musical note confetti
I’ve had my hands full with this project all of October so having two weeks off from school was pretty timely. Kids got to have play dates with their new and old friends without any time pressure, we took walks in the crisp fall air, we visited friends, we visited family …
We visited our good friends C&T in Hamburg:
We visited the Disneyland of Northern Germany (Hansapark) with our cousins:
Finally we took the train to Berlin and spend some much needed QT with our family aunt & cousins:
I’d say overall a very balanced work-play-school-downtime kind of a month.
Now, back to school for my two big kids today and back to roomparent meeting at school tonight for me. Also these four below faces are anxiously anticipating Daddy’s visit this month for Thanksgiving! 🙂