Thursday, April 23, 2009

Night of the Moonjellies Dinner

We've been studying Night of the Moonjellies.  What a fun book!!!  It is always so much fun.  We ended our study by having our own "diner" similar to the one in the book.

We tried to first pick a name.  It was hard.  Each boy was a little stuck on what he thought would be the best name - and not so willing to budge from his selection.  Rebecca tried to help and suggested that they each add just one word - one that they really liked - and we'd combine them to come up with a name.   I thought this was a great suggestion.  Daniel suggested "cafe".  Ok, this is going to work.  Isaiah's turn came.  He thought about it and instead of picking one of the words from the name he wanted, he picked "thorax".   Sigh.  Maybe this wasn't going to work.  Joshua finding this funny decides that his word is going to be "unthorax".  Never mind that it isn't even a word.  So, would you want to eat at the "Thorax Unthorax Cafe".  Me either.

Thankfully, they worked on it some more and came up with the Golden Grill Cafe.  Much better. 

We decided on a menu that was similar to the books.  Lots of good yummy choices there.  We made up menus and each boy had a clip boad of notes with which to take orders. 

Roger did all of the grilling - and did a great job! 

The weather was perfect for dining and playing outside.  It was really a lot of fun. I found myself thinking that we needed to do this more often!

We had ice cream for dessert - for those who were still hungry.

My friend Rebecca made realistic money for the boys to use.  They were thrilled with it!!!  They used it to tally up receipts and take payments. 

The cooler was enticing to everyone.  What is is about ice that makes it so much fun?

I just thought this was a sweet picture.  I love that my friends enjoy our children and are willing to hang out and spend time with them too. 

All in all, the diner was a big success.  I think we need to have another one.  Anyone want to come?




  1. I love it! We have that book on our list for next year. I can't wait. What great ideas you have. Homeschooling is so much fun!!!!!



  2. ok, my first thought was-where are you that you have such bright green grass and bunches of leaves on trees? Geez-we had sleet 2 days ago and below 30 degrees -luckily today it is suppose to be in the 70s. Wow...gonna do a happy dance.

    That was very clever to do the restaurant. So cute-the kids really look like they enjoyed it-and yes-ice is an attraction all by itself! When we did the NoftheM-we did the octopus hotdogs (slice up to 1/2 way to make tentacles) and boiled em. Son thought that was hysterical. I really like that book-

    Thanks for sharing your Cafe with us!

  3. How fun Leslie! I just love all that you do!!!

    Heather P

  4. This sounds like so much fun! For some reason, I can't see the pics in your posts. : (


  5. You all make "school" so fun :)

    ~Michelle at Columbine Gardens

  6. That brings back soo many memories!

    Enjoy the warm weather - ours is cooling down down under ginr,

    Love Leanne

  7. Night of the Moonjellies was one of our favorites. I LOVE the pictures of your fun!!

  8. Dawn – you will love the book! It’s a lot of fun!

    Sheri – We are in NC. I was thinking you weren’t that far from us – sleet??? We did those octopus hotdogs one year and I completely forgot about them. Thank you for the reminder as I think my younger boys would find this fun too. (Well two of them would. )

    Deidra – I’m so sorry the pics didn’t work for you. That is a bummer and I have no idea on how to help with that either.

    Heather, Michelle, Leanne and Cindy – Thanks for enjoying our fun day with us. FIAR is a lot of fun isn’t it?!

  9. What an incredibly fun dinner!!!

  10. We live about 20 minutes from the place that Night of the Moonjellies is based on (though it isn't there anymore as you probably know) could still come for a field trip though. ;)

    Love, Karen

  11. I was led to this blog by someone and now I see why. I'm so happy to see that my little story lives on in such a fun way. Some of you look like you are having as much fun as I did when I worked at the real Mar-Gras on the Connecticut coast in the 1960s and 70's!

    Great pictures (and great hats). Thank you for posting them.

  12. Hi Leslie,

    I love your Blog!!

    I found you on the FIAR forum and through the workboxing yahoo group. I am intrigued by FIAR. Could you please pm me? I checked the information on the website and have doubts about using it for the age range of my kiddos. They are 11, 9, and 7. Not sure which would fit most/all of them. I'm thinking ByFIAR.

    Can you please help?


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