Monday, August 31, 2009

Two Gentlmen of Verona

So this whole summer, Mr. Lego has been a part of a group of homeschooled kids in our church putting on Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona. He had two short lines, but then a paragraph long whopper line in classic Shakespearean English. And this last Friday was the performance. Here he is before the play.

His part came in the last three scenes of the play, so we got to watch Valentine and Proteus head to Milan, fall in love with the same woman, listen to smart servants who gave advice, and impertinent ones who were rather saucy (for a servant). We saw a foolish guy serenade (off key) a lady, the Duke lock his lovely daughter in a tower and another lady disguise herself as a servant. Finally Act V, scene 2 started and Mr. Lego, playing the Duke's servant Froth, told everyone in many words that the lady Silvia had escaped.

There were a few seconds where we weren't sure if the long line was going to get finished but he made it through!

He was also in an outlaw gang that hid in the forest.

The outlaws captured our hero, Valentine and made him their leader.

The play ends happily, with our hero saving the day and getting the girl. Here is Mr. Lego taking his bow at the end:

They all did an incredible job...the director was 17 years old and they did it all - props, costumes, everything without any of us parents helping. I can't wait until next summer's production!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

12 Books in 12 Months

My friend Dawn came up with a great idea for keeping track of reading books this year. So I am going to do it too...12 books in 12 months. It was actually harder than I thought, coming up with 12 good books, but here is my list so far...

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Marvelous Riches of Savoring Christ by Ruth Bryan
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacey McDonald
  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The History of Redemption by Jonathan Edwards
  • Iliad of Homer
I do love to read and try to make time for reading everyday. But most of time I choose 'easier' books to read. I am hoping that this challenge will continue to sharpen my mind and make good use of my reading time.

I have already decided on my first book, Gulliver's Travels (because I just started reading it!) and to make it official will try to have it done by the end of September.

So whose up for this challenge with me?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Our Co-op

This year, for the first time in our homeschooling, we are going to join a co-op. It is a small one, with only 4 other families from our church and it is called Matres Magistres.

There will be 14 children ages 4-14 and all the moms will be sharing the teaching equally. We will meet weekly for an hour and a half, rotating houses. We will start our time together with Circle Time, where we will go through 4 different elements led by each of the moms; hymns, memorization, artists and composers. Then each mom will teach geography and art instruction on a monthly rotation. I am really excited about this filling some of the holes in our homeschooling and blessed to have friends to help me along the way. Next week I hope to post our school schedule...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Church Family Camp Day 3 & 4

The next morning it was pretty cold but we warmed up with pancakes, sausage and hot chocolate.

We spent the morning hanging around the campfire, having great conversations, then it was off to the beach again. It was a teeny bit sunnier this afternoon but there were still people crazy enough to get into the water, including Nutsy with Dad.

We walked the mile hike back up to camp and then had our evening devotions and singing.

After a dinner of camp tacos, it was time for the talent show/skit night presentation. Here is Mr. Lego and a couple friends doing a skit about the dentists office.

Then we had an awesome game of Speed Scrabble which lasted long into the night.

The next morning we packed everything up and realized it was turning out to be a beautiful day so in the afternoon we went to the beach again. The guys all played football in the water, the kids waded and the ladies had fun conversations on the beach.

Even with all the craziness, this camping trip was so fun and we can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Church Family Camp Day 1 & 2

A couple weeks ago we went on our church's annual family camping trip. This was definitely a memorable one, but aren't they all? It was a 3 night, 4 day trip at a beautiful lake here in N. California so the weather should be at least comfortably nice, right? Nope. The nights were in the low 30's and one day I don't think we hit 60 degrees. And we were tent camping...thankfully I did check the weather and we brought warm clothes and some quilts, but the kids were still pretty cold.

We set up our stuff then played Ninja Destruction, a fun game that even the little kids could play.

After dinner we had our evening devotions and then started some Speed Scrabble and Mafia games. Then the craziness started. The guys were all on one side of our group campsite when one of them spotted a momma bear and her cub, sitting in our pastor's car. Then a second cub was spotted up a nearby tree. The momma was munching on our pastors wife's world famous white chocolate popcorn (3 bags!) and no one wanted to go near her because of the cubs. Finally she got out with a loaf of bread (after the car alarm was set off a couple times) and then people realized that she has a third cub. She ran through camp a couple times, (a lot of us were standing on tables) charged one of our brave elders and a couple of other crazy campers from another site who were trying to help, and then took off. It was late so the little kids were already sleeping in the tents (the tents that the bear ran by) so no one panicked. I was bummed because I never got her picture, even though she came back 4 times the next night.

The next day in the morning we played another game, the Sign Game and then talked around the fire.

Then we headed to the lake. This sign was not kidding.

There is the Polar Bear Swim.

It was raining when we got back so we erected tarps over the tables so we could at least be dry when we ate.

It was too cold to wander from the fire we huddled it around until bedtime.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Four Steps That Lead To Peace

I recently read one of my favorite books again, 'Stepping Heavenward' by Elizabeth Prentiss. It is amazing what different things you see when you read something the next time through and I was blessed again during my perusal of it.

One of the points that stuck in my mind this time was her quote of a book she mentions titled 'The Imitation of Christ'. That book listed Four Steps to Peace which meant so much to me that I wanted to share them with all of you:

1.Be desirous of doing the will of another, rather than thine own.

2.Choose always to have less, rather than more.

3. Seek always the lowest place, and to be inferior to every one.

4. Wish always, and pray, that the will of God may be wholly fulfilled in thee.

What a incredible contrast to what we see around us in the world and what an amazing reminder of what we all should strive for!

I did find out that The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis (1418) is available at Amazon. Maybe I will put that one on my reading list...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Family Times

A couple weeks ago we headed up to Oregon for our annual family reunion. The majority of my extended family lives in that area including my 92 year old grandpa. Having visited there often, and knowing that it is rare to have a hot day up there, we brought all sorts of layers to wear. Well we could have just brought half the clothes we did, because they were experiencing some sort of freak heat wave while we were there. Having a pool in my aunt's backyard helped a ton so we spent a lot of time in there, even though the water temperature was 91 degrees.

Another day was spent tubing on the Willamette River. the three older kids all tried it and had a blast. Mr. Lego did great and went on both the small tube and the Pancake.

Bookworm did good too, although I think she was a little nervous and didn't like the big waves she went through.

Dasher definitely wanted Dad with her on the tube and then did just fine.

Nutsy was content to just hang out near the shore, swimming in her little boat.

This year, my grandpa's 91 year old sister was able to come so that made it all the more special. The last night we had a huge barbecue and set up tables on the lawn.

Then afterward my cousin set up an outdoor theater on the grass. We all sat on blankets and lawn chairs and enjoyed popcorn while we watched some Pixar shorts and Wallace & Gromit.(which are hilarious!) We are so thankful for the family God has given us, and that we were able to visit with them this summer.