Field Trip Week

Last week was almost entirely devoted to one of my favorite things: FIELD TRIPS!! I love homeschooling my daughter. The ability and freedom to get out of the classroom and into the world is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling, and we took full advantage of it last week. CC came to stay with Pitter Patter, which always makes life so much easier for me.

On Wednesday, our public library had a terrific theater production called “Brave Little Tin Soldier”. It was a really cute little story. Our public library hosts really terrific programs for children, and we are big fans of the library. I’m amazed that many of our friends never take their children to the library. As much as our lives revolve around books, I don’t think we could make it without the library. We are fortunate to have one of the best children’s libraries in the state.

On Thursday, I took Bitty to see “Scrooge:The Musical” at the Birmingham Children’s Theater. The BCT is one of our favorite theaters because of the quality of the shows. They are professional actors and the costumes are incredible. This particular show was excellent because it combined three of our favorite things: Christmas, classic literature, and music.

That night I took Mary Anneliese and a friend to see the live nativity at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. I love this idea for a fun family Christmas tradition. This is the second year we have gone, and it’s a beautiful way to tell the Christmas story.

On Friday, we went to the planetarium at Samford University to hear a lecture on the Star of Bethlehem. Let me preface this by saying that I did not know it was going to be a lecture or I might not have considered it for my second grader. We have been before to the planetarium at Birmingham-Southern College, and we saw a video by the same name. We thought we were going to see something along the same lines as that one. The Samford planetarium is gorgeous and new. It is comfortable and dark and cozy. The lecture was on a high school level. It wasn’t long before both Mary Anneliese and I were asleep. Oh, well!

On Saturday, we had another Upward game. We were supposed to be celebrating our nephew Jon David’s birthday party that afternoon. However, my brother-in-law’s dad passed away that morning, and so they went to be with his mom instead of having the party. Please keep the Lowe’s in your prayers, as they have had a year filled with loss and sickness and will have a difficult Christmas this year.

Hope you had a great weekend! Slow down long enough to enjoy the Christmas season with your family.

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