Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watcing you. --Robert Fulghum
A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here are their songs.
For our last field trip of homeschooling, we went to see Santa Claus and go Ice Skating. It was a wonderful last adventure together.
Here they are helping buddy next to the HUGE Christmas Tree at the Galleria.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Anderson's first recital. He did his pizzicato.
Ainsley played Long, Long Ago
Alexandra played Etude
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The only thing they teach at this studio is ballet. No tap, modern, jazz, etc. They have been the only two teachers for I think around 50 years (seriously) as you can tell!! BUT, these two folks have sent many many girls on to become bigtime ballerinas... NYC Ballet. Pennsylvania Ballet Company and more... They currently still produce these high quality ballet dancers. Anyway, Ainsley loves Ballet and I think it's so adorable to see her learning. They let us have an observation yesterday so I recorded some little things.
Notice the RECORD PLAYER they use. It's very old school! Literally.
I had Ainsley record Anderson learning his first "rhythms" on his violin. It has been NINE MONTHS to get this far. It will hurt your ears, but I wish I would have recorded this stage with the girls... It's sweet and NOT as easy as you may think!!
Here is Ainsley learning her new piece Perpetual Motion. Ms. Kathy breaks down the pieces into learnable chunks. This is Ainsley's first step to Perpetual Motion. Alexandra is accompanying her while she learns...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- Volleyball season ended. But it was a great experience and Alexandra LOVED every part of it.
- Anderson got super sick. Bad bad virus.
- Our Psychotic neighbors stole our cat. Yes, you read that correctly. They took her, sent her off so she would not be an Outside Cat.... I better not keep typing about this or things will get ugly.
- Halloween was super fun, although Anderson was still recovering. But he did trick-or-treat for one block and came home. Girls had a GREAT time and I have very much appreciated all the chocolate sneaking opportunities I have had since they brought their loot home. Well, it's not me, it's the baby that's happy about it...
- We had our last Ice Skating Lesson.
- Homeschooling is crusing along very nicely. My favorite remark of the last two weeks is this,
"Mom! I just noticed that all the History, Latin, Religion, our Language, Handwriting and the books we are reading all relate to each other! Did you realize that Mom? All the maps we read are in the same region and the timeframes are all similar. It's so cool...!"
Y'all know I could not stop smiling.Who says my customized Classical Study plan would not work!!!! :D
Here are my scary trick-or-treaters! Then a crazy animal tried to come eat them!
Here are my cuties at their last Ice Skating Lesson. All 3 got sooo much out of these lessons. If it wasn't such a schedule hog, I would continue these lessons... But, I think we are going to stop. We'll see how we feel come January.
"Y'all come here - let me take her picture!"
"Okay, you can go skate now..." :)
Happy November everyone!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I dragged him back inside and woke Stan up. There was a little kitten who looked injured, clearly scared to death stuck on our property - how he got in our fortified back yard is still a question. But, the kitten is probably 2 weeks old and still very small so somehow she squeezed thru.
Here is Stan crawling around trying to get this little critter! We finally captured her and put her in a box then a crate and took her to the front porch b/c the dogs reeeeally wanted to go back outside and get that cat!
Here she is slurping up milk - not sure if you are supposed to give cats milk or not??
So, now here are Stan and I talking.....
"What do we do with this thing?"
"Should we tell the kids? Of course, we have to, they'd love to hold a little kitten."
"I wonder if Lathan and Michelle would take it? Maybe Becky...! Here, let's text them."
The kids wake up and stumble downstairs....
"We have a surprise for you." We explain what happened as their eyes grew bigger and bigger...
"But, we can NOT keep the cat! Does everyone understand?" They all nod... "You can go look at it but we have to find it a home ASAP. No cats here!"
Those little demon children said, "of course Moooom, we know THAAAAT.......... WHERE IS IT?!?!?!!?"
"On the front porch...."
We got them dressed and they wanted to hold, "Mitzy...."
So, Becky brought Mittens some food. Aunt Shellie came to the rescue and offered to take Mittens for us, but since they have lost 2 cats in a year b/c of the wild animals where they live, Mitzy was sure to meet certain death and the kids know this.....
So, at this point, we opened the crate to let her roam free, if she stays, we'll feed her, we figured... Well, the cat apparently is NOT stupid and has not budged from our front porch!
She runs up and down the steps, hides under the bushes, sits in the little crevice of the flower pots and generally has a pretty good time entertaining herself. So, I guess we have an OUTDOOR cat named Mittens. She may also get injured and die from the cars on our busy corner or a wild animal in Munger Place - I know they are around because they are always breaking into our Dog Food. Oh, what to do....
But the kids just looooove her so much. I'm making them wash their hands every time they touch her. Not sure how long this is going to last...
Anyway, we now have a zoo. Our own little Lewis Family Zoo. 2 dogs, 3 fish, 1 cat and almost 4 kids. It's a zoo alright! Life is good.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here is her cute cake for her small Movie Party!
Here is her favorite present! Here she is starting to type thank you letters. It's taking her some time to get used to it - but she has already read the instructions front to back. Progress being made....! It's a great typewriter, it has that old school sound as she types. As well as the old school courier font. She loves this thing.
Her happiest moment by far this birthday......
Thank you God for these last nine years. I don't deserve these 3 amazing kids, but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Happy Birthday Alexandra Elizabeth, I'm looking forward to my last nine years with you here with me all the time. I love you so much. You are one fabulous person.