Day 146: Day of the Dead

Today was Sunday, and we needed to get ready for Mexico Day in Geography Club tomorrow, and enjoy the warm sunny weather.

I woke up to the sound of Boy making breakfast for everyone, taking advantage of the new arrangement in the kitchen. Honey toast, carrots, and water. Breakfast of champions. He was so proud of himself.

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Girl started on her Day of the Dead crafts early, making a scene like she read about in the library books we’ve been reading.

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After that the kids and I played outside with the dog for a couple of hours. With the snow gone, the yard is just brown.

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Then we came in and I made the kids lunch and started on the Dulce de Alegria, a traditional Day of the Dead candy made from popped amaranth seeds and honey. I’ve heard that it may descend from an Aztec treat. Ours has pumpkin and sunflower seeds, too.

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After they were done, I went out back with Boy and the dog again, and threw the Squeaky for the dog while I watched Boy shoot baskets. (I love watching him; he’s so good at it!)

Next we put on some Day of the Dead music and practiced our dance for tomorrow, something we read about in the wonderful Day of the Dead book we got from the library. In this dance, boys pretend to be very old men, and dance slowly and painfully, but as the music continues they grow younger and younger until they are upright and dancing with energy and joy. We’ll be doing this with both boys and girls of course. The kids did a really great job, and I hope they will feel comfortable showing their friends tomorrow.

Then we made some sample masks, and I cut out the shapes for all the kids to make them tomorrow.  We’ve got some books so kids can see examples of what traditional decorated skulls look like, and we’ll have craft stick to tape the masks to.

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Papa got Mexican food from Moe’s for us for dinner, and then we did our last craft of the evening. I’d promised Girl we could do these all week, and even though we couldn’t finish them (with clothes and paint) they came out pretty adorably. These guys will make a nice addition to the exploration table tomorrow morning.

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