Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our First Opera

Today, Aaron and I took the four oldest children to see Don Giovanni. It was a great production and we had a wonderful time. It lasted about 2 and half hours and I was very proud of the kids for sitting there that long. Although, it wasn't hard to do, because it was a funny and entertaining opera. The kids were worried about not being able to understand it, since it was in Italian. But, they put the words up on a screen above the stage. Also, we were able to meet some of the performers after the show and take pictures w/ them. Did I mention we got to do this for free? Thank you Aaron Beck and the Tulsa Opera for making this possible.

Here they are w/ The Commendatore:

W/ Donna Anna:
W/ Masetto:

W/ the star Don Giovanni: He is supposed to be a ladies man in the story. What do you think ladies?

W/ Leporello:

And, w/ Donna Elvira:

Aaron was able to snap this scene w/ The Commendatore at the end w/ his cell phone (even though there are no cameras allowed during the performance):

We will definitely be going back to the opera in the future!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Anne of Green Gables

Friday, I took the two oldest girls to see a performance of Anne (that's Ann w/ an E) of Green Gables at the Tulsa PAC. We went with our homeschool group, Alliance, and then went out for lunch with our friends. They had a great time seeing one of their favorite stories acted out. And, I had a great time just hanging out with my girlies. :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

I See Chalk People

We don't have snow days in homeschool, we just keep right on doing our schoolwork. We do this, so that we can 70 degree weather days. The girls got outside yesterday and made "chalk" angels. They each laid down and the other drew an outline around them. They came in from playing w/ blue chalk all over them.




Thursday, February 17, 2011


I thought I would write a few of the funny things I have overheard the kids saying the last few days.

Silas and Sophie were sitting in the back of the car. We had just dropped the big kids off at piano lessons. Sophie: "Silas did you toot?" Silas: "Smellers the fellar."

Lizzy and Sadie were having a conversation about ghosts on our way to do some shopping: Lizzy - "I'm not afraid of ghosts. They are just clear people."

Sophie asked me, "Why can't I have an Ipot (not Ipod) like Lizzy?"

Sammy on the way home from piano, "It feels beautiful outside."

And, last but not least, while the kids were sorting dirty laundry, Henry says "Look at daddy's big underwear!" LOTS of laughter from all of the kids after that!

You never know what is going to come out of their mouths :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1 Year Already

Today Nicky turns 1! Happy Birthday, Nicky Noo! What a blessing you are!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrating . . .

another year with my favorite Valentine's gift, Sadie Ann. Happy 9th Birthday! You are prettier than a dozen red roses and sweeter than a box of Godiva chocolates! You are such a blessing!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I think I'm Growing

Silas took a shower w/ his big brother this morning and came out w/ these clothes on:

He and Nicolas have matching outfits and he accidentally got Nic's clothes from the laundry room. Now, I can't get him to take them off and put his on!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crazy Weather

We went from having 70 degree weather on Saturday to a blizzard late Monday night. Here are a few shots of us enjoying the nice temps. We rode bikes, flew a kite, practiced some baseball and just enjoyed being out for most of the day.

This is what is looked like on Tuesday. We got 15 inches of snow total and had snow drifts as high as 4 feet.