Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lifestyle of Learning 2014 Edition: Volume Six

So much has happened throughout this month; it all seems to be a bit of a whirlwind.
I shall take a deep breath and slow down and attempt to recall the living that has happened over the past three weeks.
Maceo's show, Shrek The Musical, has continued and is now heading into it's final weekend.
The show has had very positive reviews and has been a great experience for Maceo.
Also, believe it or not, Maceo has auditioned for yet another show.  He auditioned for and was cast in "Into the Woods" at Marshfield Community Theatre.  He has had a cast meeting and rehearsals will begin in earnest on Monday, the day after Shrek closes.
Maceo has also continued with his youth performance troupe and the troupe had a spring showcase that he performed in.  (I have no pictures as I was unable to attend.  I was driving home from New Mexico at that time).
Maceo has also continued with his private vocal instruction.  He has increased his vocal range and control.  His instructor is encouraging him to consider a college education in vocal performance.  We will have to begin praying on this.
Bishop and I enjoyed viewing performances of Shrek.  Bishop also continued with history group and scouts.  He had a scout outing to the municipal court to observe proceedings and is currently on a campout.  He earned some service hours for scouts by volunteering at his cousins fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network.
Bishop and I began a nature study group with another family.  We have had two meetings over the last three weeks.  We went to the Japanese Stroll Garden.

The cherry blossoms were in bloom.

 The Canada Goose were nesting.

 The turtles were enjoying a beautiful day.

 We enjoyed the beautiful day as well.
There was so much to observe.
Our next nature study group meeting began at the Nature Center where ants and other insects were the primary subject of interest.
We then watched Disney's Bears together.  It was a fun experience.
Bishop and I also spent some time listening to a CD of frog and toad calls.  We are hoping to be able to identify not only the calls of birds but also the calls of frogs, toads, and insects.
Last week we made a trip to New Mexico for a funeral.  Maceo couild not go with us as he had to continue his commitment to the production of Shrek.
I cannot say all that he accomplished during this period of time but I do know that he was self-sufficient.  He prepared his own meals, cared for the animals, and arranged for transportation to all of his commitments which included Shrek performances, Into the Woods cast meeting, troupe rehearsal and performance, and vocal lessons.  I am so proud of him and his conduct during this time.
Bishop, Christian and I met Keegan in New Mexico and had lessons in meeting family that we haven't seen in many years or have never met before, helping with family projects,

saying farewell to a beloved grandmother, preparing to say farewell to a great-grandfather,
and spending time with cousins, regardless of the age difference.
In the midst of all the most important life lessons we managed to squeeze in a little down time (aka physical education and history) at Petroglyph National Monument.

Bishop has returned home to read more about petroglyphs and the Pueblo Indians and is preparing a related presentation for an upcoming academic fair.
This month has been challenging.  It has stretched us.
It has been painful at times but has also been awe-inspiring and joy-filled and satisfying.
Such is life!

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