Saturday, October 22, 2016

An Opera-tunity We Couldn't Pass Up

This morning my family and I had the opera-tunity to watch a real, live performance through the Opera on the Go! program.


The venue was intimate with less than 25 of us in attendance and included workshops in music, movement and make-up. Afterwards we enjoyed the cast's final dress rehearsal with an abridged version of Pirates of Penzance before they take the show on the road to area schools.

Initially the kids were less than excited about listening to opera, however, that all changed once we entered the room. The cast was very funny and kid-friendly. Natalie spent most of the time squeezing my hand. She was completely engrossed in the performance.

If you are interested in introducing your kids to opera, Opera on the Go! will be offering a sensory-friendly performance similar to the show we enjoyed on October 29th at 2 p.m complete with workshops. Cost is only $10. 

Part of our "movement" workshop -
Pretend you just dropped your brother's new iPhone 7

Pretend you just aced your math test.
Getting a scar in the make-up workshop

Fishing Fun

Last weekend Steve, Nat and I headed to a friend's house for some fishing. 

Steve caught the biggest. Nat caught the most.  I caught poison oak.

While I'm still not very good at fishing. I had a great time enjoying the sunshine and peace and quiet with two of my three favorite people. (Noah hung out with his grandparents as he isn't a fan of fishing and has a fear of bugs.)

Nat caught (with help from Dad) a nice one, too!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Iron Works Festival - Maramec Springs Park

In the hustle and bustle of school work, extra-curricular activities and carpooling - it's nice to take a moment to just s l o w  d o w n. Two weeks ago we took a leisurely drive to St. James, MO for their annual Iron Works Festival held at Maramec Springs Park. We enjoyed a beautiful, Fall day listening to folk music and meeting all kinds of artisans committed to sharing their passion for keeping traditions alive. We listened to folklore from seasoned storytellers, took a walk around the park, fed the fish which swim in the 100,000 gallon spring and meandered through the museum.

Greentree Festival 2016

A few weeks ago our family stepped back in time a bit to enjoy Kirkwood's Greentree Festival. The annual event included a car show, live bands, book sale, food booths and an arts n'crafts fair along with a slew of actors skilled at taking one back to life in the 1700's.

Nat plays with a popular toy of the time - Jacob's ladder

Nat makes a "church baby"

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Celebrating 50 Years with St. Louis Reperatory Theatre

A couple weeks ago I took my two dramatic kiddos to enjoy a party to celebrate the St. Louis Reperatory Theatre's 50 Years of "acting up". While Natalie was looking forward to it, Noah was sure he would have a terrible time.

More than a dozen theatre groups were on hand to share their upcoming performance schedules and youth programs. I had no idea St. Louis Opera Theatre offered a summer program for kids. We received a backstage tour and watched a team of folks creating backdrops, costumes and props. Every 20 minutes or so a new round of actors would crop up -- putting on snippets of popular shows like Kiss Me Kate and Grease.

We also watched a rehearsal for the upcoming St. Louis Teen Talent Competition to be held at the Fabulous Fox in the Spring.

In the end both kids were entertained for nearly two hours. Noah even enjoyed making a dragon puppet with his sister.

Theatre is Magic Therapy.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Door That's More Like a Window

Natalie has always been a good communicator. I've enjoyed watching her bedroom door change with her ideas. Currently, she's started a "quote of the month" and a cartoon paper called The Daily Grin. She's also added a feelings board, too.

August Quote of the Month "Alone we are one drop, Together we are an ocean."
(words being shared by her character Mr. Smart E. Pants)
Her feelings board often reveals she is happy
The Daily Grin
September Quote of the Month: "If you know what you need to do, you'll wake up excited about life."
Thanks, Mr. Smart E. Pants.