Sunday Journal: Adventures in Travel

Cincinnati in the morning

Cincinnati in the morning

The last couple of weeks were busy. We traveled to western Kentucky last weekend for the kid’s Hymn Fest piano recital. We visited with friends and some family members during our stay. Visiting our former church was a highlight for me. The Easter service was beautiful but left me feeling lonely for a church family where we felt safe.

On the way to western Kentucky we met The Joseph Sisters in Leitchfield at Subway. We were all there for dinner and extended our stay a bit to let a nasty storm pass through before hitting the road again. They were returning home to West Virginia after a

poetry tea time

poetry tea time

“long radio tour”. The young ladies were really sweet and chatted with the kids about music, math and Angry Birds. I really should have taken a picture because it turns out they are a sweet all sisters country music band. You never know who is at the next table…

This past week is a bit of a blur. I attempted to prep and clean the house for our next trip and squeeze in a bit of schooling. Our co-op voted on classes they would like to have the next semester and so I had to admit we would not be returning…blah.

Russ and Josh setting up the booth

Russ and Josh setting up the booth

Thursday afternoon Oldest and I left for Cincinnati to work with Russ and Josh Berg of Beautiful Feet Books at the homeschooling convention. Oldest road shotgun (for the first time ever with me!) and read the directions off to me. We stopped at the monastery where we were staying and visited with the nuns a bit before heading to Cincinnati. The sky stormed most of the day! Fortunately, the rain let up during the times I was on the road…someone was praying for me.

Oldest and customer

Oldest and customer

I enjoyed working at the booth this year and chatting with a few of you who stopped to say “hello!” I also met a few fellow Brave Writer fans, sweet friends from our Lexington days, my neighbor (I was so shocked to see her that I couldn’t place her for a moment!), and my roommate for the retreat in July. Oldest did his best to help at the booth and talked with parents. Some people were not sure what to think of a twelve-year old boy working the convention and other’s took advantage and asked him for book recommendations for their

with Mr. Demme from MathUSee

with Mr. Demme from MathUSee

own children. I was both surprised and pleased by his performance. I wasn’t sure how things would turn out and I know he was very nervous too.

Oldest looked up to Josh like a hero and missed him terribly during his lunch breaks. He felt very accepted even with his twelve-year old antics which the Berg’s graciously found amusing and I found sooo exasperating…boys. I did nick-name Russ “Houdini” since he possessed the amazing skill to completely vanish from view in the time it would take to just greet someone. I would turn to finish a comment and he was simply gone! He’s like

Josh, Oldest and Russ with Middle Boy and Littlest in background

Josh, Oldest and Russ with Middle Boy and Littlest in background

a genie, cross his arms, nod his head and poof–vanished. There are moments I could benefit from such a talent.

On Saturday my husband and the rest of the crew came up to see the convention. They wondered the vendor hall a bit and then invaded the booth. Littlest and Middle Boy took turns playing the iPad, making a nuisance of themselves and using Russ as a prop for their Lego dinosaurs. I should have taken a picture of the moment. My children do not have a grandfather. In those rare instances when an older gentleman interacts so naturally with my children I find the moment wistful.

Littlest is glad I am home

Littlest is glad I am home

Anyway, a few people have asked what I brought home from the convention. Not much, since most of it had to be ordered. I purchased The Dangerous Journey and study guides from Memoria Press, Fix It from IEW, some movies study guides from Zeezok, Foundations from Logic of English and Early American history for both intermediate and junior high grades from Beautiful Feet Books. Now, I just have to wait for all of my goodies to arrive…

Today, I took Littlest out for ice cream. He missed me so much while I was away. I asked him what he did and he said, “Wore Daddy out. But now I can go back to wearing you out.” Sounds about right…

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Weekly Wrap-up: Never-Ending February

dueling Cardinals

dueling Cardinals

More snow. On my way to record our week I noticed that it was snowing. I am ready for winter to flutter away and welcome spring. These last two weeks of February seem to be lasting forever (okay…maybe a little exaggeration but only slight). Yesterday was the first time I went anywhere in over a week and that was for church services. I tried to take Littlest to pre-school yesterday morning but the battery in the van died…the bitter cold and my lack of understanding for most things mechanical completely depleted the battery.

Littlest

Littlest

Thanks to all of this wintery weather, Littlest has completed nearly two weeks of Kindergarten material. Yesterday, he had to do some cutting and pasting, listen to a Bible story and answer question, do some matching and find differences in pictures. He debated with me on how to properly hold a pencil and scissors. I had to ask him seventeen times (yes, I counted) if he actually knew what a rainbow looked like. He finally admitted that he did not really know since he had only seen cartoon rainbows. So we looked up pictures of rainbows on the internet. Every book I read to him had to be read twice or he would not cooperate. So, I read them all twice. (We will not read any Dr. Seuss books until he is out of this phase…they are like verbal land mines for me!) He also thought that Noah should have built two boats so he would not have to “float around with all those spiders in the same boat.” To finish up he did a few tangram puzzles and decided they were too easy (and they are) for him. He informed me that he “gradumated tangrams” and he was done with them forever. He then cleaned up all of his school things and put them properly into his basket and went off to play.

Middle Boy and Sparkles

Middle Boy and Sparkles

I didn’t spend quite an hour with Littlest but I was mentally done for. The older three were just staring at me looking rather horrified. Middle Boy asked “will everyday be like that?” I let them know this was actually a good and productive day. I’m not sure they believed me. Maybe it was because I told them they needed to work in complete silence for a few minutes while I just laid on the floor.

The crew enjoyed a wonderful weekend playing outside and sledding in the snow. They found a pigeon frozen to the back porch. He (or she) couldn’t move because their little foot was frozen to the railing. The bird was still alive so my husband managed to free it. He then put the bird in a bucket with some seed and brought it into my kitchen to warm up a bit. I told him that whatever mess that bird made he

My husband tending to the pigeon

My husband tending to the pigeon

was responsible for cleaning. After the bird had warmed up a little my husband held it a gave it water from a medicine dropper. Then with some gentle coaxing the pigeon drank from the dropper. My husband amazes me in moments like this. The bird lived and later we saw it sitting with its mate near the feeder. My husband saved a little life that day. Every night, before going to sleep I thank Jesus for the privilege of being married to such a wonderful man. I’m so incredibly blessed.

This week the crew and I discussed their curriculum for the following academic year. We talked about what they enjoyed and wanted to learn as well as what they really disliked. I was completely surprised they wanted to change their

Oldest

Oldest

Bible curriculum. We all like the curriculum from Christian Light but none of us want to continue with it. They also do not want to finish out the Apologia series we are reading now. They were fine with finishing the book since we are about half-way through but wanted something else. When I asked for clarification Oldest said, “a curriculum that actually lets us read the Bible”. I could hardly believe the words he said and that the middle two actually agreed with him. The past month or so I’ve been having the same thoughts. I told them I’d have to think a few thoughts on how to go about it together.

Batman at the keys

Batman at the keys

They are delighted (well…as delighted as one can get with grammar and mathematics) with the rest of their curriculum. Middle Boy would like a few more crafts and hands on projects. Oldest wanted creative writing and Latin. Sparkles just wants to learn to sew. Otherwise they are completely satisfied with their books. We are all very happy with this past school year’s progress. I already have our Latin curriculum (Visual Latin) picked out for next year as well as Oldest’s creative writing curriculum (Cover Story). This is the first time since beginning homeschooling that choosing our curriculum for the following year hasn’t been so difficult.

The academic week went by quickly. We studied Marie Curie in science. Oldest made Lego creations of his Ancient Roman studies on the death of Julius Caesar and the take over of the Triumvirate of the Roman Republic. He even added the detail of the soldier bringing the head and hand of Cicero to Antony. Sparkles and Middle Boy have finally managed to deliver pretty good oral narrations for history. It may be time for them to move onto written narrations and possibly some outlining exercises. Middle Boy finally found a book he likes to read! He loves the Nature Readers from Christian Liberty. He also made a painting today after school because “some girl at church” asked him to make one for her. I may need to meet this girl.

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Weekly Wrap-up: Hello 2015

Nature explorers

Nature explorers

After a couple of weeks off we are slowly getting back into our school schedule. Last week the crew enjoyed some time off from studies but I made them work and declutter their rooms!! We also cleaned out one of the bathrooms and nearly all of the closets before I came down with Littlest’s cold. The cold put an end to my tasks I had hopes to complete before we started back to school…oh well. Poor Sparkles has almost no clothing after we cleaned out her closet. I went down stairs to get clothing for her out of the hand-me down bins and discovered her bin was completely empty! Nnnnoooo!!! I just stared at the empty box for a while in disbelief. We are going to have to go shopping and soon. We’ll make a girl’s day of it and have some fun.

playing with Mrs. Melody's cat during piano lessons

playing with Mrs. Melody’s cat during piano lessons

I evaluated the first half of our school year during the break. For the most part I am really happy with the way the academic year is turning out. We finished up our studies of the Gospels with Christian Light Education so I added Apologia’s “Who Is God” for the second half. We are only a week into it but the crew seems to like it so far. Oldest finished up his reading curriculum for Christian Light Education and is now starting his was through Beautiful Feet Books intermediate Character studies. He’ll have writing prompts in his reading response log to do for the rest of the year. He’ll finish up that set of books in about five or six weeks and then he’ll pick some books from The Well Trained Mind.

My biggest curriculum disappointment this year is Zeezok’s Music Appreciation. After completing four (out of seven) books we decided to skip the rest of the lap books. Other than busy work the crew just wasn’t getting anything out of them. I think the lap books could be improved by not having all of the information already filled in on the cut-outs. The assembly of the books was also starting to get complicated and seemed more like engineering

Oldest and Littlest at the piano

Oldest and Littlest at the piano

projects…fun for Oldest but very frustrating for Sparkles. The workbooks are fine but not really necessary. We like the biographies and the music disks. We will finish up the last biography next week. I really wanted to like this curriculum and so did the kids. If you are considering it then my recommendation is to just get the biographies and then listen to the music on YouTube.

On Sunday we began the first of a year long nature study of the back yard. It turned out to be a cold and rainy day but we went out for about an hour anyway. I’ve wanted to add nature study for a year or so. I wasn’t sure how to really go about the study but figured we should just get started. I did get the winter bundle from Shining Dawn Books to help us get started. We explored the trees around the house and completed a conifer scavenger hunt. We puzzled over several discoveries and spent extra time this week looking up some of our questions and identifying trees. One of our oak trees had these round bulbs on nearly all the branches. We learned these are sometimes called oak apples and are caused by a gall wasp. Everyone picked an evergreen and a deciduous tree to study for the year.

Sparkles and Middle Boy

Sparkles and Middle Boy

Another unit study I added for the winter is a free study of the Iditarod. The Teacher on the Trail website has free lesson plans, worksheets, and other ideas for making a unit study out of the race. This week the crew each picked out their own musher to follow and did some research. They will write a friendly letter to their chosen mushers wishing them success on the upcoming race. We are going to make a map of the trail next week and begin a couple of the physical fitness challenges I found in the lesson plans. Tomorrow we will go to the library and look for some books to go along with our study. If you have a recommendation for a good book please share!

This week Littlest worked on his Kindergarten workbooks everyday since his preschool doesn’t start-up until next week. He is a demanding little student!!! We had a few clashes of the will the first couple of days. Once he understood I wasn’t going to back down on certain things he settled into a routine. He likes to pick who is going to read to him each day. Now that we have included him a bit into our school day he is content to stay with us during all read aloud times. He especially loves looking at the pictures in the Adventures of Odysseus book Oldest is studying. Littlest was also the first to comment that Niccolo Paganini must have been sad when his father would lock him in his room to practice the violin for several hours a day. I was surprised Littlest was actually paying attention!

sleepy boy

sleepy boy

Littlest also decided he wanted to start practicing the piano too. So every morning during math and music time he sits at the piano and practices finding middle C and playing the  C, D, E keys with fingers 1,2, and 3 (thumb, pointer and middle finger of right hand). Sometimes he will even sit with one of his older siblings while they practice. Once he can actually find middle C on his own and can play the notes we will teach him to use fingers I, 2, and 3 on his left hand and play C, B, A.

Now that it is January it is time for me to start planning next for my trip to the homeschool convention in Cincinnati and deciding on curriculum for our next academic year. The speaker list is out and I am very excited that Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books will be at the convention this year!!! I am really excited to hear her speak and haunt their booth!!! The sisters at the monastery have graciously invited Mrs. Cuddle-me and I to stay with them again this year and I am looking forward to seeing them again as well.

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2014 in Review and Upcoming Posts

I thought this review from WordPress was kinda neat so I am sharing the link. My most read posts are about Beautiful Feet Books curriculum and Christian Light Education Curriculum. I am working on a review of Beautiful Feet’s Geography guide which we just finished up before break. I’ll also do a full review in the late Spring of their science guide. I have a review due of Homeschool Planet for the Mosaic Review Team next week. I really considered applying for another review team this year but decided against it. My Littlest is gently easing into Kindergarten this year and I just didn’t need anything else on my to-do list. I’ll just stick with the book and movie reviews from Propeller again for this year and reconsider doing team reviews next year.

I will continue the Weekly Wrap-up series on Thursdays. Also my new series on grudgingly adopting a healthier lifestyle will be on Tuesdays. I’m starting this series by reading through “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese…(Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us)” by Ellie Marrandette.  Every week I’ll share my attempts at exercise, healthy eating, and my battles against blubber and inflammation. At the beginning of each month I’ll weigh in and post the results…sorta my version of an accountability partner.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Weekly Wrap-up: Last One of the Year

ringing Salvation Army bell

ringing Salvation Army bell

Another week full of busy days. Last Friday my husband and the kids rang the bell for the Salvation Army. They brought the Bow-tie Man’s  full pickle jar from last year’s bell ringing and took turns emptying the change into the red bucket. The empty jar now sits on our dining room table waiting for coins.  Saturday morning my husband and the older three went with the children’s church group to see “Night at the Museum 3” and then out for pizza and games. This was Middle Boy’s first trip to the movies!!! We’ll never make “parents of the year” at this rate…Littlest and I stayed home and I tried to get some housework done. I wasn’t very successful with the housework but did manage to get goodie bags made for all of the kids Sunday School teachers. That same evening Mrs. Melody came over to watch the crew while my husband and I attended a work dinner party. The kids were anxious for her to come over so they could give her the Christmas gift they had chosen just for her.

working on ceramic pieces

working on ceramic pieces

Sunday morning it was our family’s turn to light the Advent candle. The rest of the day was quite lovely since we got to stay home!!  On Monday we went to a Happy Birthday Jesus party with friends.  This week in the school room the crew worked on their history ceramic projects from Art In History.  We also finished up our Beethoven book and listened to his music while working on the ceramic pieces. Middle Boy (I should change his name on here to Piano Man) kept asking me to replay the fourth movement. He then insisted we turn to YouTube and find it for “piano only and without all of the distracting singing parts.” All this week he has worked at the piano trying to figure out how to play the song.

playing in leaves

playing in leaves

Middle Boy doesn’t just practice one song at a time. He will start out with “scales” (I’ve no idea what that means) then play a bit of “The Entertainer”. He will then, without pausing, switch to one of the “Doctor Who” themes (I Am the Doctor is his usual choice but sometimes it is the main theme). He will follow this with his practice pieces, “Carol of the Bells” parts he has figured out and then “Ode to Joy”. It’s all a bit rambled together.  My biggest challenge is getting him to practice one song at a time followed by getting him off the piano so the rest of the crew can practice.

Littlest's first day of Kindergarten!!!

Littlest’s first day of Kindergarten!!!

Littlest’s Kindergarten curriculum came in this week. He is so excited and begged every day to do a lesson. He figured out on his own that his books are in alphabetical order and would follow me around with his “A” book. I finally caved in and we did the first lesson together. We went through the extra school supplies and he picked out pencils, erasers, glue sticks and scissors. He also found a Batman zipper case to hold everything. His favorite find was a Batman ruler! We then went through the bookshelves and pulled a bunch of books just for him. Later this week I will clear a lower shelf and we’ll put all of his school things together. We read a couple of books together and worked on how to properly hold a crayon. He really just wanted to use the ruler so I let him measure some of his books. We’ll only work on Kindergarten by demand for now and when preschool ends in April he’ll get a regular schedule.

at Christmas Eve candlelight service

at Christmas Eve candlelight service

On Christmas Eve we went to the early Candlelight service. Littlest stayed in my lap most of the time. Afterwards, we went to Mrs. Cuddle-me’s home for dinner and a game of poker. She made a lovely and very yummy buche de noel. I’ve always wanted to make one of those!! She even made the meringue mushrooms. We tucked everyone into bed just as Christmas arrived. Christmas morning was nice and sweet. After opening our stockings we made pancakes and enjoyed the rest of the day. Littlest and I took a nice long nap together on the couch. We then got ready and went to one of the aunt’s home for the family Christmas dinner and gift exchange. After getting home we all gathered together to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special.

This week was good but exhausting. I slept several hours today after being up sick for most of the night. I was also up and sick most of Tuesday night. At first I thought I had caught a virus or something but now I think it may be related to my diet. I noticed overly sweet foods can make me feel ill at times and this week I even felt nauseous after enjoying some sweets. I am glad that we do not have many obligations next week.

Lot’s of pictures this week!!!

Weekly Wrap-up: Caroling and Forty-Two

company Christmas party

company Christmas party

I think I will go on strike if next December is as busy as this one…

Last Friday was my birthday…forty-two years. Our older three went to a program at church that evening leaving just Littlest with us. I almost had my husband to myself! He took Littlest and me out to a hibachi restaurant for dinner. Littlest was very entertained by all of the fire and theatrics of our chef!!! I enjoyed my birthday dinner out very much.

Littlest and one of his big girls

Littlest and one of his big girls

The weekend was busy and went by in a blur. On Saturday my husband took Oldest to observe a Lego Robotics competition with the technology club. They will be involved in the Lego Robotics League and competitions beginning in the spring. As soon as they returned home we headed to my husband’s workplace for a Christmas party for the kids. Mrs. Clause told Sparkles that Santa would prefer we leave out my homemade applesauce in place of cookies on Christmas Eve. Sparkles couldn’t believe she knew all about our vanilla applesauce. I get the feeling we’ll be doing this every year now. I also happen to know that Mrs. Clause makes some really tasty jams and jellies!  On Sunday we enjoyed the Christmas Cantata

best fried chicken ever!!!!

best fried chicken ever!!!!

at church and then I went to lunch with the ladies group. I was nervous going out with the group because I am not very good at small talk. I do not mind listening but participating is sometimes tiring. I admire people who have the skill to converse. Eventually someone asked about homeschooling and then I talked too much…because my kids are my passion. I love homeschooling them! (I’m also passionate about my husband, my faith, and green smoothies…that’s about it these days.) I try not to talk about homeschooling in-depth because I know most people are only superficially interested. Hopefully, I didn’t bore the ladies too much. I got home just in time for my husband to start making dinner. This week he finally perfected his fried chicken recipe. I thought he had accomplished it the previous week…but no.

my birthday dinner

my birthday dinner

We went caroling with our church family on Wednesday night (after I had fasted for most of the day for a doctor’s appointment). I really wasn’t in the mood to go at first but the older three really wanted (begged with sweet smiles and I just could not disappoint them) to participate. I’m glad we went. All that Christmas cheer dissipated my grumpiness. The last time I went caroling was twenty years ago at a hospital in Alton. We sang Silent Night in German…my ability to pronounce German is far worse than my singing voice. That is saying something y’all!!!

Littlest's preschool class with Santa Clause

Littlest’s preschool class with Santa Clause. He is in the white vest.

Today, we went to Littlest’s preschool Christmas party. He must be a bit of a cut-up in class. He made silly faces for all of the pictures and his teacher said she would not be surprised if he ended up on Saturday Night Live. We were also told he likes to hang upside down while watching programs. Nice…

In school this week we wrapped up our studies for break. We are not schooling much the next couple of weeks. The crew will be working on some art and writing projects. I will be evaluating the first half of the school year and planning out our year-long nature study of the back yard. I also decided to give Littlest a Kindergarten readiness exam. He thought the test was fun and wanted to do another. He scored an 82 (out of

Littlest

Littlest

100) and only needed 58 points to be considered ready for Kindergarten. I called the homeschool department at Christian Light Education to talk to an advisor. She asked me several questions about his abilities and discussed the readiness test results with me. She thought it best that he start Kindergarten right away instead of waiting until preschool let out. I was prepared to order their entire Kindergarten program but she said he didn’t need all the books based on what he already knows. Every time I talk to representatives of this company my respect grows. They were more concerned with providing what we needed than making a sale.

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Weekly Wrap-up: Clearing the Soul Clutter

my favorite ornamnent

my favorite ornament

Seems like forever since I sat down for some blogging therapy. Generally, half of the words that pour from my head never make it to the published page…but it is healing to clear such clutter from my mind and soul.  This tiny spot on the internet was the place I used to exorcise my daemons. A place to expose all of the raw nerves of pain that do not heal when it is kept inside. For me, the act of typing it all out was freeing. I could just let things go…or leave them on the page…making room for the peace and healing that only Jesus can sooth. Anyway, once I started writing homeschool product reviews on this page I deleted most of those posts. All of this is to say that I missed writing my wrap-up last week because of Thanksgiving. My head has felt too full and rattled this week. Even though Christmas and New Year’s falls on Thursday nights this year I’ll be on here writing my wrap-ups. This is my therapy…I need to get this clutter out of my head…otherwise I’ll have another discombobulated week like this one where my head feels too stuffed. Enough of that…on to the past two weeks.

handprints

handprints

My sweet crew was very excited about Thanksgiving this year (me too). We spent 13 months studying Early American History. This year we were ready for Thanksgiving! Not just for the food but in our hearts. The kids really wanted to participate in the holiday and to help prepare the food and meaningful decorations. Well, they really couldn’t do that with the extended family because everything is already sorted out. So we decided to have a family Thanksgiving on Friday. We made a special tablecloth with our handprints and everyone participated in preparing all of the dishes. Oldest made a hash brown casserole and helped with the special braided herb bread. Sparkles wanted to make deviled eggs. Middle Boy made some fun turkey cookies. Littlest enjoyed being underfoot!!! My husband smoked the turkey and made the cornbread dressing. I had my hand in everything but especially enjoyed the pitcher of Sangria I made just for me (I drank the entire pitcher over two days)!!! The crew’s writing assignment for the week was to tell who they wish they could have Thanksgiving dinner with and why. I loved their answers!!!!

Littlest and turkey decorations

Littlest and turkey decorations

Oldest chose Sir Isaac Newton: “…because of how he had thanksgiving almost every day in his heart. He loved God and was super smart.”

Sparkles chose Jesus: “…because he is special and I love him.”

Middle Boy chose Mrs. V (his pre-school teacher): “…because she was one of my favorite teachers and I really love her.”

I just loved their Thanksgiving papers!!! Can you tell?

Over the weekend we put up the Christmas tree and the rest of the decorations. This is the first year we put up the Christmas Village our neighbor gave us. Oldest put it up on the piano and he just loves it! We figured out the cathedral is an MP3 player!! How cool is that!!!!

snap circuit fun

snap circuit fun

Home education this week was really hard. We are all ready for a break (just two more weeks!) We are on our last Light Unit of math and will finally be at grade level in January. As we finish up our units this month we will not begin new ones until January. In science we started a book about Michael Faraday. The kids love this biography! After studying Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and now Michael Faraday they are all ready to dedicate their lived to science!!! We are loving Beautiful Feet Books science curriculum this year!!!

Speaking of science, we participated in one of the Supercharged Science online classes yesterday on electricity. My crew loved it and ended up playing with their snap-circuit set the

cuteness

cuteness

rest of the evening. I liked the webcast for the most part. I did not enjoy that half of it was a sales pitch…boo! I have not been happy with any homeschool based science so far…I wish I could find a science curriculum that I loved…I am open to suggestions.

We’ve also spent the past couple of weeks trying out art curriculums. We like ArtAtelier and SeeTheLight. I have a few more free samples to try out before we make our choice for next year. Any suggestions?

This weekend is a huge for the crew!!! They will be playing piano for the first time for an audience. I am so excited and nervous for them. Oldest is also I the Christmas play at church and I can hardly wait to see him!!! There will be lots of pictures next week!!!

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