It’s been awhile. I was doing so well at updating and then…..well life happened.
It’s like Talluah Bankhead said, (who was born in a city near us and was actually NOT anyone’s role model) “Good girls keep diaries; bad girls don’t have the time.”
Actually we haven’t, of course, been ‘bad girls’ just busy girls.
Quilts and skating and candy and Disney trips (not us!) and refuge trips and last minute plays and more.
We had a month long celebration of The Quilters of Gee’s Bend. This was one of the most wonderful things we have done lately. This a group of black women who live in south Alabama. They have been making quilts for generations. There is a wonderful documentary on PBS about them. Our museum had an exhibition, our library had a meet and greet and then they spoke (and SANG!) at a local senior citizen center. It was all magnificent. Their stories were so unbelievable. Afterwards Keilee got their signatures on an embroidery hoop she had stretched a piece of fabric across. She wants to use it as a square in a quilt. You can also read more about them here.
I think this would be a great unit study on patterns. Learn about these lovely ladies and then have your kids make ‘quilts’ from construction paper!
Meeting the ladies of Gee’s Bend.
We also went to a field trip to a candy making company. This company has been in operation for over 25 years. It was a great tour with them explaining all the processes that is involved in making an array of candies, shipping problems and the history of chocolate.
And the cookies and candy!!!! YUM
Keilee got a phone call from a local director to ask her if she would be an understudy for a middle school/high school play called “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize”. Keilee, of course said yes. This is produced and directed by our theater company for a middle school who doesn’t have a drama department. It was about the Civil Rights and presented for Black History Month. She found out Monday and went to practice. She then found out Tuesday that she was going to be IN THE PLAY. She had 4 practices total (and they had been practicing since January) and she had one of the main roles! They performed Thursday morning at the middle school (and dropping her off at 8:00 am and watching her walk into the school was surreal!). They later performed at the beautifully restored Princess Theatre downtown. This experience was unbelievable for her. She was so good on stage (and yes I’m her Mamma but no one could believe she had come aboard Monday). She met some kids she really liked and just soaked up every minute of the experience.
Keilee was contacted by Magic Moments Organization which grants ‘wishes’ for chronically ill children. She was able to go to a dedication (where the family was donating a handicapped piece of playground equipment) and present sweet Albany with a trip to Disney!!!! As wonderful as this was for Albany and her family it was more so for Keilee!
Keilee with her Bible opened working on a game for her girl’s group at church. Voting. 😉 We went to homeschool skate day this month. Keilee used to never miss a skate day but now she wants to go less often. She had a great time even though we had to leave early to do some things. Nomad in his ‘tiara’ Keilee made him. And our LEAP DAY picnic at our Wildlife Refuge. She had, of course, to leap.
And finally she was Cinderella at a birthday party Saturday. She rarely gets to be Cinderella because kids refuse to “Let It Go” and want Elsa always and she loves Cinderella. And of course I made her drop off the Redbox movie. And to let me take a picture.
Whew! I’m exhausted just typing that.
This week is supposed to be WARM! We are so ready for Spring. Isn’t everyone?
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson