Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Casa Manana's Cinderella

Casa Manana's performance today of Cinderella was fabulous. The performance was Rogers and Hammerstein's classical version. Great humor, amazing singing, even a carriage coming thru the audience! The step sisters were so funny!

We were joined by 30 or so homeschool friends from our homeschool group, that always make these events more fun! If your anywhere near Ft. Worth, Casa Manana's plays are always a hit!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

National Bible Bowl

National Bible Bowl is a youth event designed to encourage the study of God’s Word. Youth are brought together for fellowship and testing of their knowledge over the selected Bible text. This is our families third year to participate. Nationals were designed for youth 9th-12th to earn scholarship money to various Christian Colleges. In the past the competition has been held at Oklahoma Christian University and Abilene Christian University. This year the competition was held during the Tulsa Workshop, and sponsored by York College. I have been coaching 16 amazing young people for a little over five months in preparation. The test consists of six separate timed rounds:

Power Round (Closed Bible) 25 minutes/90 Questions
Find the Verse (Open Bible) 25 minutes/40 Questions
Fact Finder (Open Bible) 20 minutes/40 Questions
Identification (Open Bible) 20 minutes/40 Questions
Know the Chapter-Quotations (Closed Bible) 15 minutes/40 Questions
Know the Chapter-Chapter Events (Closed Bible) 10 minutes/40 Questions

In the Elementary Team Division (3rd-6th grade) my three teams took First, Second & Third Place. And in the Elementary Individual Division, my teams took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, & 10th place. Abigail took first place for the second year in a row.

In the Junior Team Division (7th-9th) my team took First Place and in the Junior Team Division the kids took 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Caleb took first place in this division for the third year in a row.

Winning is always fun, but the fact that these kids think it is fun to work this hard, and that they enjoy studying the Bible absolutely amazes me.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Snow in Dallas . . . again!

Can you believe it?! There is snow, and lots of it in Dallas again. What a beautiful site. The roads are clear, but everything looks like a beautiful white fluffy blanket has been laid over it by the hand of God! The funny thing is, this is the first day of Spring Break for us!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Old Red Museum - Order in the Court


Today’s adventures took us to the Old Red Courthouse. This building is one of the prettiest buildings in the West End. Located across from Dealy Plaza it is a tourist favorite. Caleb and Abigail, along with other homeschool participated in a Mock Trial. Caleb was selected as the Lead Defense Attorney and Abigail was the Prosecuting Attorney. All the way to the courthouse they threw out Perry Mason-isms like, “I object your honor,” and “it is incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial.”

The Gungans were with us. Richard was the Jury Foreman, Roy was a juror and Ryan was the one bring the charges. Very fun and comical, the cases centered around an artifact that resides in the museum portion of the courthouse

Abigail won the case, if Hamilton Burger could have ‘manufactured’ evidence like Abigail did, he would have won a lot more cases.

Also in an effort to appear impartial, during jury deliberations Richard pleaded Abigail’s case, leaving Roy to support Caleb. Abigail also had federal law on her side (if her manufactured evidence was correct), where Caleb’s was only supported by state law!

Monday, March 8, 2010

1 gallon of paint, a 9 year old & 150lb dog . . .

The heading pretty much says it all! Today I allowed Abigail to work on the props for LTC drama. The 7th & 8th grade drama has a game show theme, our props include three garment boxes to be used as contestant stands. Abigail, my little artist, gleefully painted the boxes in the kitchen. Padme', the 150 pound English Mastiff simply watched her. . . . that is until Jon rang the door bell when he came home! At which point, Padme' jumped up stepped on all three boxes on the way to the front door! The next part of my day was spent cleaning paint off carpet and puppy paws! The upside is, the boxes are painted!