Friday, March 31, 2017

An Evening with the Pirate King

When I learned that "The Pirates of Penzance" was playing at a theater in Little Rock, I jumped at the chance to watch a fun musical that I've wanted to see for years.  Phillip was a little dubious when he learned I'd bought tickets for an operetta, and I had second thoughts when I learned it was the first operetta this group had ever put on . . .

. . . but they did a great job and we had a wonderful time!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Recital on the Range

It was the Ellen Smith Second Grade's turn to put on a musical performance at the high school this evening.

Tonight's event had a western hoedown theme.  Here's Cowboy Daniel getting ready to go inside for the performance.  He's been singing western songs around our home for weeks, and he was really excited to perform them for us tonight.

  The kids sang songs like "Happy Trails" and "Home on the Range" (Daniel says that one is his favorite because it's very peaceful).  See if you can spot Daniel with his red bandanna in the front row on the far left.

The kids also danced squared dances (Daniel's in the group on the far right) . . .

. . . and Daniel even got to sing a solo.  He has a very nice, clear voice.

Then we drove off into the sunset (because that's the way to Little Caesar's).

Monday, March 27, 2017

Homegrown Bouquet

What do you do when a few unharvested turnips send up flower stalks in your garden? 

(I'm sure that happens to you all the time.) 

If you're Anna, you pick some turnip flowers and put them in a vase.

Joy and Daniel thought that was so nifty that they gathered a few other flowers around our home to add to the bouquet.  There's a rose from out back, an azalea from out front, and a random purple wildflower from the meadow (I mean, lawn) in our backyard.

Daniel approves.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Glimpses of Spring Break

What did you do for spring break?

The Hendrickson kids made pretzel treats with a wide variety of toppings . . .

. . . played some variation of Follow the Leader (I never quite grasped the rules) . . .

. . . played make-believe with a Creeper and his pal the unicorn . . .

. . . and bounced on the couch.

And that was just Wednesday.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mario Party Goal Achieved

After weeks of saving together . . .

. . . our family finally filled up our money jar enough to buy Mario Party 10.  The kids proudly presented our savings at the video game store . . .

. . . then we came home to play a few rounds of Mario Party together.  It was a lot of fun . . .

. . . but watch out for Bowser!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Don't Pinch Me--I Have a Green Thumb

I celebrated St. Patrick's Day . . . 

. . . by adding a little green (and a lot of seeds) to my raised garden bed . . .

. . . and my straw bales . . .

. . . while this little guy kept me company on the parsley plant.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day 2017

Happy Pi Day!  We Hendricksons love celebrations that are geeky and/or involve food, so Pi Day is right up our alley.  It celebrates a famous, endless number, and it's an excuse to eat pie.  What's not to love?

Joy and I prepared a festive dinner and dessert for the occasion. I made chicken pot pie while she cut up some bread as a visually appropriate side dish, and we collaborated on an apple pie for dessert.

Then we had a family pillow fight, just because that's fun.

The end.