Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Concord Museum

Our Thanksgiving holiday was not all about turkey and karaoke.  We also found time to go to The Concord Museum and check out their Family Trees exhibit.  We had never been to The Concord Museum before, but we had heard wonderful things about their holiday trees.  Every year, the museum decorates various trees with ornaments that represent different children's books.  

We love childrens' books and we love museums, so we figured this exhibit would be prefect for us.

The trees did not disappoint.  One of the first trees to catch our eye was decorated with items from one of our favorite stories, Click Clack Moo.  It was covered in cows, the keys from an old fashioned type writer and even included a glass of spilled milk.

The next tree was even cuter:  it's theme was If You Give A Pig a Pancake and it was decorated with drips of syrup.

The children were given a scavenger hunt sheet at the front door and were challenged to find all the items on the list.  I didn't think this was the best idea in the world.  My children take challenges very seriously and they raced through the exhibit like whirling dervishes trying to cross all the scavenger hunt items off the list.  It didn't make for the most peaceful or thorough trip to a museum.  Perhaps, the scavenger hunt concept would be a better idea if you were going through the exhibit more than once.  

Each tree had it's book near by, so if you were so inclined, you could sit with your child and read a good story and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Alas.  My children couldn't be bothered with the book.... it was all HUNT! HUNT! HUNT!

The girls, at least, did slow down to take part in the next tree which was based on the book Do You Know How Much I Love You.  The tree was made up of decorated sheets that the museum visitors colored in which stated how much each child loved.  

Georgia wrote her answer quickly - so as to get back to the scavenger hunt and catch up with Henry who had bi-passed this craft assignment in order to win the hunt without the bothersome company of his little sisters.

God forbid Georgia allow Henry to win any race.

Josie took a little more time with her coloring, but not too much.

Her note used more than one color, which was nice.

We saw our "beloved" Strega Nona on the next tree:

New England is so obsessed with Tomie DePaola.  I know I wrote about it here (click here to read my post on Strega Nona) but the attention our region pays to this author continues to amaze me.

We also took this photo of from the Bats at The Ballgame tree for Granny to admire: 

(She's a fan of the Bats books)

We sped by the American Revolution tree (see - we went by it so quickly, I didn't even catch the book it was based on)!

And raced past this beautiful butterfly creation:

The scavenger hunt was finished and so were the children.

We went outside and I photographed the children in nature:

It was a successful trip - albeit rather quick.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Karaoke Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving morning, Grandma and Grandpa arrived with a new toy for the Elliots:  a karaoke machine.  The children wasted no time in getting it out of the box and plugged in.

Henry warmed up with such hits as "Tonight, Tonight," and "Cooler Than Me," while the girls danced around the basement.

They did the lawn mower...

and the Shopping Cart and then they broke into a spontaneous soccer game:

Next it was Josie's turn - she performed a Taylor Swift song from the Girl Pop 15 Album.

The Karaoke machine was a huge hit... for everyone, apparently.  A few hours later, the kids were eating a snack in the kitchen.  Grandma was working on a side dish for Thanksgiving dinner and Grandpa was watching football.... so why could I still hear songs pouring out of that karaoke machine?

I snuck down the stairs, camera in hand.... hoping to catch the Adult North American Dork in his natural habitat:

At first, I saw nothing... but then... wait!  what is that in the far corner of the basement?!

Could it be? 

Yes!  It is!  A Gordy, singing to "Boom Boom Pow."  

I caught you, Gordy!

Behold the 41 year old, alone in the basement, singing his heart out and pretending he is a Black Eyed Pea.  

And it should be known that Gordy has a voice that only a mother could love --- and I mean HIS OWN MOTHER who is literally the only person who loves his singing.

The rest of us Just Endure.

On their break from karaoke-ing, the children joined us for cheese and crackers in the family room:

And helped set the table in the dining room:

We ate a late afternoon turkey and we planned to follow the dinner with a singing performance in the basement.

Once the turkey had been consumed and the pie devoured, the children put out chairs for the audience:

Gordy and Grandma were wearing hats made by Josie for the occasion.

First to perform were Henry and Georgia doing a duet:

Next came Josie...

and then Georgia and Josie paired up for one number.

And then the real nightmare began.

Gordy and Henry were going to sing a duet.  

And you know Gordy got really in to it.

I should point out that singing in tune when using a karaoke machine is trickier than you would think.  And I should also point out that singing in tune is tricky for these two beloved family members of mine under even normal circumstances.

I tried to tune all the screeching out by fixing my gaze on something else.  

I choose my shoe:

Cute, huh?

I looked back up to see this:

... arm movements.  Could it get worse?

Hope you had a quieter Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cheering The Home Team

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We started the day off by tying our Town Color hair ribbons around our ponytails and heading down to the football field to watch the famous Thanksgiving battle between our town and their rivals.

The sun was shining but it was freezing cold outside, so we tried to dress appropriately.  In other words, we told Henry to put away the shorts and put on real pants for a change.

Much to the chagrin of the children, we elected to walk to the game.  It's very close and finding a parking space is a challenge.

We arrived early enough to get great seats at the 50 yard line:

It was not the most exciting game... well, it wasn't exciting if you were rooting for the home team (which we were).  Our rivals certainly enjoyed the game - they were winning 56 to nothing when we left in the fourth quarter.  And that doesn't include one touchdown that the refs took away for "unsportsman-like conduct."  

It just wasn't our year.

Josie enjoyed watching the cheerleaders.  Some of her friends are PopWarner cheerleaders and they were cheering alongside the high school girls.

And of course, who doesn't like a good marching band.  Well, I use the word "good" loosely.  Perhaps "energetic" was a better term.

We are having a light lunch now and will celebrate Thanksgiving with Gordy's parents at dinner time.  

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! 
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