Sunday, August 18, 2019

STEM Escape Room

The girls and their cousins did an "escape room" where they had to solve STEM related problems to build a recipe.  Their team achieved the fastest time of any team this month!  They said that the questions weren't actually much STEM related, but they had a great time. 

Me, too!  As soon as we arrived, H.took one look at me and said, "TT, playground!" (Aunt T, let's go to the playground!) and so while the big kids "escaped," H led me to the playground and we had a great time together.   K saw his enthusiasm for me and said, with surprise, "wow, you are the fun aunt.  Who knew?"  Indeed!  Boring mom to some; awesome fun aunt to others.  It's all in the eye of the beholder.  Since his older siblings clearly think of me as no more than K and G's transportation source, it's nice to get some appreciation.  :-)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

SF Shakespeare's As You Like It

Oh my gosh, this was SO GOOD! I was reluctant to go - tired and with some work projects pressing - but I could tell that the girls really wanted to go, so I packed us up and we went.

SO glad we did!   I'm usually not a huge fan of the comedies, but this was a MUSICAL version. The music was great, the lyrics were fabulous, and the singing was fantastic! One of K's former teachers, Regina Morones, absolutely stole the show as Rosalind/Ganymede. She was hysterically funny even when she wasn't speaking, her singing voice is fabulous, and she carried the woman-pretending-to-be-a-man thing awesomely. Another of the girls' former teachers, Maryssa Wanlass was also wonderful as Jaques, the melancholy forest dude.  The actor who played both Charles-the-wrestler and Phebe was so good that we didn't realize until afterward that the same person played both roles.   I laughed so much!

We want to go again, already. I'd buy the CD if they were selling it somewhere! (Another of the girls' teachers composed some of the songs. Sometimes I feel so blessed that the girls have been able to work with such talented people!)  The girls kept saying all the way home, "they should be on Broadway!"  Agreed!

We read through some of the reviews and agreed with only the laudatory comments.  The SFGate critic saw awkwardness with the songs - must have been in earlier versions, as we saw nothing awkward about any part of the production.

Before the show

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Happy Birthday, Wonderful G!

Such a determined and strong person; I admire her so much, like her lots, and love her endlessly.  A fun birthday with a cousin sleepover and ice cream cake.

Is Minerva helping blow out the candles?

H helps with the unwrapping of presents

Big sister helps put in new birthday earrings!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Dance Camp

A joyous week for G!  Nice kids and lots of fun with acro, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and more...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Round Two: Three (Big) States in One Day

This time it was Utah, Nevada, and California as we drove from Salt Lake City home.  Phew!  Long, exhausting drive.  Seeing the Great Salt Lake and Great Salt Flats were the most memorable new (to the girls) experiences.  This was in Wendover, Utah, near the Nevada border.

Wow, all that salt!

Puck was fascinated!  Or maybe he just liked being able to run, run, run...

The girls are creating video blogs, I think, having fun filming each other and the sights

Met this crew briefly off the Hwy on our way back.  They were headed up to the mountains, going in the opposite direction, so we stopped to say high.  H isn't happy because someone said, "look at the monster truck on TT's head" to get him to look at me and obviously, there was nothing there..."  :-)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Three (Big) States in One Day

Another remote journey through a corner of Colorado, then Wyoming, then Utah.  Made it to Salt Lake City and saw the Beehive house (not pictured) and the main temple of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Learned a bit about the history of the LDS, Brigham Young, polygamy, and the symbolism of the beehive.  Interesting!  I have such respect for all of the people who journeyed across uncharted territory and imagine all of the untold stories of people who tried and failed, perishing along the way...

I'm still utterly fascinated with the remoteness of this drive, even though we returned on a different route, intentionally seeking a bit less isolation.  So many small towns, roads with no cars, and vast mountain ranges, valleys, and plains with no people or sign of people for mile after lonely mile.

Saw a creepy number of dead coyotes along these remote roads

New state for the girls