Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Random Happenings

This month of November is really flying by fast!! 
I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving, but the good note is I've actually done some Christmas shopping already.

We've been busy with school mostly, but here are a few random photos of daily life the last few weeks.
We've been having such great fall weather this season,  so blowing bubbles in the middle of November was definitely unusual..... but fun! 

And you can't get much cuter than that!
We also had a Thanksgiving meal after church last Sunday.  It was delicious! 
 LittleJ enjoyed eating with some new friends. 
And we enjoyed our meal with new friends as well.

We've also been busy with our homeschool co-op. 
Here's LittleJ coloring his gingerbread people.

I'm also helping with the scenery for our Christmas program. With the help of our 8th-12 th grade guys, we are making silhouette cut-outs of the nativity.
Here they are lined up in the living room after I cut them out.

And the boys did a great job painting them on Friday. 
I can't wait to see it all come together.  It should look fabulous.
I hope you've all enjoyed your fall season as much as we have.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fall Shakespeare Fest

The Shakespeare Festival at Wayne College in Orrville has become an annual fall tradition for me and the girls. This year we were minus one college girl though, so it was just me and LittleE.  This was our third year attending, and once again it was fabulous.

This year's comedy was As You Like It.  I remember having to read this in high school, but didn't actually remember anything about it.  Oh, well.  I can definitely say I know it now, and will most likely not forget it.  After all, Shakespeare is much more memorable when seen.  Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen, and never intended for them to be read.  Watching live performances is absolutely the best way to learn to love Shakespeare.  

The tragedy for this year was Macbeth.  This one I had never read before, other than a children's version, so I did set out to read it beforehand.  I like to use the Shakespeare Made Easy series which includes a modern English version side-by-side with the full length original text.  After reading the play, I couldn't wait to see it.  They did a great job! 

We thoroughly enjoyed both productions done by the professional tour actors from the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia.  I'm already looking forward to next year!