Thursday, April 12, 2018

Today At Homeschool Day

First up today: a class on terrarium making! The girls were super excited for this class, and the timing of it was especially good for Grace who just started her Botany block! What do terrariums have to do with the 1830s you may be wondering? Well, back in the 1830s they were used to transport plants overseas. They were called "Wardian Cases" (named for the amateur biologist, Dr. Nathaniel Ward who created them) and were made out of glass and wood or glass and metal. Some were very simple and some were much more elaborate and fancy! 
In their second class of the day they got to make a set of graces. As soon as I saw that this class was being offered I knew that they would love it! They have often said how much they would like their own set of graces, being able to make their own sets was even better! xo 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A New Bike For Emma

With both girls having outgrown their bikes, and with Toys R Us closing, we decided it was the perfect time go to take a peek and see if we could find them some new ones. Emma quickly chose this one, partly due to the style, partly due to the colors and partly due to the super cool rack in the back! Sadly, Grace didn't have luck funding one that she liked in the size that she needed. The salesman did tell us that they are still receiving shipments a couple of times a week (complete with new bikes) so we'll keep checking back with the hopes of finding one for her before the store closes. For now, the girls are happy to share this one! Now, if only it would warm up and turn into better bike riding weather! xo 

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's Competition Day!

Our day started bright and early Saturday morning. We were up before the sun. We woke the girls up with our version of "It's Coronation Day" from Frozen- though we changed it into "It's Competition Day! We cranked the music up loud, and I came bursting into their bedroom singing "It's Competition Day!" That got them up and dressed pretty quickly, then it was downstairs for me to do Grace's hair and make-up while Dave made breakfast. Once a hearty breakfast was in our bellies we loaded up the car and headed to Worcester. We arrived at the school a little after 6:30am and Grace and I made our way to the cafeteria turned dressing room where she got into her production costume and had her fake eyelashes put on by one of the other dance team moms (thank goodness for this amazing village of dance team moms)! It didn't take long for her to decide that she loves wearing fake eye lashes and if truth be known was so smitten with them she spent a good long while looking in the mirror of her Caboodles totally in awe of those lashes!

The production number was the second dance of the day and those girls absolutely killed it! They were truly amazing and continued to wow the audience with each dance they performed throughout the rest of the day!

Grace danced the best we have ever seen her dance in each of the four numbers she was in. Sadly, I have no pictures of the Junior Team's jazz dance from this comp but I'll be sure to take a few next time!

The day ended with Center Stage coming  home with many, many awards! It was a wonderful start to the competition season and we are counting down to the next one already! xo 

Friday, April 6, 2018

At The Eric Carle Museum

Today's adventure took us to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! I have wanted to take the girls here for years now, but for one reason or another we hadn't made it out there prior to today. My dear friend Kristin was up visiting and since she is a huge Eric Carle fan it was fitting that our first trip out to this wonderful museum was with her and her darling son! 
 In The Carle's library. 
 Gallery bound. 
 There was an entire room devoted to books that had won the Caldecott Medal each year since the award was first given. 
 Story time with Kristin. 
 In the art studio. 
 Not a day goes by without these two crafting. 
 "Let's hold hands this time!" 
 Gift shop. 
I think it's safe to say that their dream has been achieved. 

After our visit today there is no doubt in my mind that if we lived closer we would have been visiting since the girls were toddlers (and we'd most likely have a membership there, too). What an absolutely special place! Thank you, Kristin, for suggesting we meet here! We can't wait to go back again (and have some ice cream next time, too)!  xo

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A New Block

This week both girls each began a new lesson block (the final one of this lesson year)! Grace will be doing a botany block (which is sure to be a favorite), and Emma is doing her human and animal block. She kicked it off with these three gorgeous pages in her main lesson book! xo 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Miss Peanut

I should have known that she'd turn her magnifying glass necklace into a monocle! Just call her Miss Peanut! xo

Monday, April 2, 2018

On Easter Sunday

 It was a glorious (albeit chilly) Easter Sunday! If you were celebrating this weekend we hope that your day as a lovely and joyous as ours! xo