Thursday, February 2, 2017

Homeschool - A Month in Review - in Pictures

It's been a while since I did a homeschool update, and Boo has been begging me for months! She just loves to look back and see everything we have accomplished.  I hope to do a month-in-review from now on, doing a weekly review was just too much to keep up with! So - here's January - at least the parts I took pictures of. :)
 - Boo taking notes on the British Parliament

- repurposed the Ikea cart to hold homeschool supplies

 - lunch time and Liberty's Kids (and Chick-Fila and beanie boos)

 - when your morning snack is your science lesson

 - she doodles the history lesson :)
 - breakfast time and CNN 10 Student News - a new favorite time of day (and beanie boos)
 - big sister Banana leaves encouraging notes regarding math frustrations
 - puppies and Beanie Boos are always close by
 - read alouds and pre-pointe exercises

 -holding her planks

 - celebrating a perfect score in history!

 - inspired by dancers at YAGP

- quick photo session in dance studio with friends - physical education - CHECK!

 - Schoolhouse Rock :)  (and have we mentioned beanie boos???)

 - morning basket memory time

 - Latin class projects
 - first dance competition a huge success!

 - STEM learning, Lego stop-motion videos

 - winter birch tree art lessons with big sisters
- field trip to the Franklin Institute Science Center in Philadelphia

One of my favorite things about looking back on my blog is seeing the everyday little moments that didn't mean much at the time, but mean so much in the years to come.  Not only will I want to remember Boo on a rocking horse (left over prop from a baby photo session) with her puppy -but I love seeing my man in the background and a teenager in the fridge. The days are long but the years are short....

Meanwhile, Punkin spent several wonderful weeks at home before she had to go back for her FINAL semester in college before she graduates in May.  There was lots of time spent wedding planning, watching Netflix, helping homeschool, and a fun weekend trip. Banana has been SOOO busy with schoolwork (taking almost all AP and honors classes this year), spending some time with the school drama, spending time with her friends and small group and working at (our favorite place) Chick-Fila.  We were so worried she (or we) might get tired of the Fila, but her devotion and addiction to that yummy chicken has only multiplied! The bigger kiddos don't allow me to take pictures of them like I used to - especially that middle one!! But alas, we are all enjoying each other (most days) and doing life together, and documenting it all here to enjoy in the days to come. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nutcracker 2016 ~ Harford Dance Theatre

We had a very exciting Christmas season this year as Boo was in her very first Nutcracker ballet with Harford Dance Theatre.  She was a party girl in the opening scene, as well as the mouse that steals the Nutcracker in the battle scene.  She was originally cast as a Ginger child but was unable to accept that role due to a conflict with her company dance schedule.  She had a ball and is looking forward to many more Nutcrackers to come!  I was honored to be able to capture the entire show in photographs.  Boo was able to dance with several of her friends which made the experience even better.  Here she is with her friend Kerrigan. 

 Her BFF Anna was a Spanish dancer, marzipan and a flower.  Her friend Chloe was the ballerina doll and a Spanish dancer. 

 Chloe as the ballerina doll.

 Boo had a QUICK QUICK change between the party scene and the battle scene and was able to get into her mouse costume in under ONE minute - it was nerve wracking for sure! 

Watching her steal the Nutcracker was one of my favorite parts - it was so hard to tell the mice apart on stage!  

 I did not take the photo above on the right, one of the fellow cast members backstage got it - but I just love this one of my Boo's face as a mouse!  How do you like that quick change mouse face painted on in less than ten seconds? HA! 

Anna and Chloe as spanish dancers. 

 Anna in Marzipan.

 Kerrigan as a ginger child. 

Anna as a flower - this was Anna's first Nutcracker en pointe so it was very special!

 It was a wonderful first experience in The Nutcracker!