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This Side Up Christmas Concert!

Our SHINE Teen Band…This Side Up held their first Christmas Concert last night! They did wonderful! Great job everyone! They spent many hours in practice for this concert and it really showed!

Here are a few pictures of from the event (and of our family), and below are the videos of the actual concert. It is in two parts because I had to change out the batteries! These were taken on my digital camera….so they may not be the best quality (plus I had to compress them in order to post them), but they work pretty well!













Well, videos won’t upload here…please see the videos on my other blog at: www.wendyclayton.blogspot.com


Crystal Snowflakes!

Last night in doing some searching for Christmas ideas, I came across this recipe for making crystal snowflakes from Borax and water.

You can find the recipe/instructions here:


So we made these this morning and they were done by just after dinner! They crystallized very quickly which is wonderful! They turned out very pretty! We did learn from trial and error that the snowflake form needs to be completely immersed into the liquid so that crystals will form on the whole thing.

Here are a couple of pictures and below is a slideshow of the whole procedure and results. We plan to make more tomorrow plus try out doing some sugar ones…which will take much longer to crystallize.




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PreTeen Girls Christmas Party Fun!

Here is a slideshow I made of our SHINE PreTeen Girls Christmas party!

The girls had a wondeful time and did very well together! A lot of fun was had by all despite our crazy weather….going from 85 degrees to about 45 during the time of the party! 🙂 (See my post here: www.wendyclayton.blogspot.com )

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