Sing, Dance and Play

Arts Night 2014

Fairview celebrated Arts Night on the 17th. The Kinderchor and the Band performed. My favorite song performed by the choir was “Live Like a Warrior” by Matisyahu and I really enjoyed the Band’s performance of Bugler’s Dream-Olympic Fanfare.

The modern dance groups also performed. The younger class performed first dressed in blue and then Vita’s group second in yellow and pink. The blue group danced to Pharrell’s “Happy” and Vita’s group danced to Ne-yo’s “Let’s Go”.  I posted a video of some of Vita’s performance a little while ago.

The program was an hour-long and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a little sad to see the sixth grader’s (set apart by the blue shirts) sing for one of the last times in the choir. Next year they will all move on to different schools. It’s amazing how quickly these years are flying by.

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EnterTRAINment Junction- Part One

I don’t know anything about model trains but this place was fantastic. After an early morning soccer game we headed up to West Chester with Ben’s parents to check it out. I figured the kids would enjoy seeing all the model trains but didn’t count on how much fun I would have too. EnterTrainment Junction has the world’s largest indoor train display and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Ben was on the lookout for graffiti on the train cars as they sped around the tracks and through the tunnels. I liked seeing all the scenes randomly placed throughout the hills, mountains, waterfalls and towns. There were scenes of past and present and one of my favorites was the Coney Island display (especially when the lights dimmed and nighttime was shown). The lights on the Carousel and Ferris Wheel were amazing; such detail was given to every little piece. The kids liked to push the buttons which provided the sound for the trains and raised tracks, flashed lights; it was very interactive. One of the most convenient things were the step stools provided at the entrance which allowed Blackburn, and in some cases Vita, to see all the displays. The stools were light weight and easy to carry, we just plopped them down whenever they wanted to see something in more detail.

Walking alongside the train displays you could weave in and out of The American Railroad Museum. There were fun facts, artifacts, such as dressing gowns and old luggage, and a view into a room where trains for the displays are made. I enjoyed reading the signs that told stories about haunted trains and railways.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a photo to show the size of these displays.  They take up so much space and in some places items such as mini hot air balloons were hanging from the ceiling.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was one of my favorite pictures on the museum side.  If you looked straight at the picture you saw a couple boarding the train but if you viewed from the side you could also see the dining car.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe kids pointed out that it looks like Ben’s sitting on my lap but he is actually squeezed in next to me on the bench.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a trip to see the model trains and their funhouse (I will do a separate post on this part of EnterTRAINment Junction). We will definitely be going back in the future. It looks like they have a Thomas the Train event in August/September and Halloween and Christmas events too.

 

This weekend…

This past weekend was a quiet, stay at home weekend, other than an early morning soccer game on Saturday morning, I didn’t leave the house.

I worked on Vita’s 100th day project with her.  We cut out 100 different sizes/colors of hearts and glued them to a poster board which she took to school yesterday while dressed as her version of a 100-year-old woman.

Isabella joined her school’s Art Club a couple of months ago and loves it.  They meet every Friday morning before school.  She finally came home with a finished project to show us.  It is a watercolor painting that shows buildings with their reflections.  I love it and need to get it framed.

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The girls wanted to cook dinner Sunday night so they got up early and went to the store with Ben.  They decided to make brisket, once home they cut up veggies and added broth and by dinner time the house smelled so good.  They were quite proud of their meal.   Ben being the only vegetarian in the house opted for collard greens with butter.

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All in all it was a relaxing weekend.

School Projects

Isabella had a project to write some thoughts about who she is.  Below is her report…

photo 4My two favorite lines: I believe in school and I dream I can fly.

Vita’s book project was a non-fiction informational book.  She picked Crystals and Gems.  It was out of her normal reading ability, but we powered through and explained a lot of big words.  Her project was to make an accordion book with cover page, ten fact pages and a summary telling what she learned.  She learned that crystals are in a lot of unexpected items and she decided that her favorite use for crystals was as jewelry.

photo 3 photo 2-2Not to be left out on the project making, Blackburn made a robot.  The plastic forks are ears.  Tell me again why I buy christmas gifts when household “trash” would make him happy.

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Cincinnati Pops, Superheroes!

On Saturday morning we attended the Cincinnati Pops Superheroes concert at the Music Hall.  We had such a good time.  Vita and Blackburn both wore capes in honor of the event, Isabella said it wasn’t Halloween so she wasn’t dressing up.  We packed her cape in my bag in case any of her friends were in costume and she would happen to change her mind.  The kids’ school had their own section in the balcony and it was great to see all the familiar faces and friends.  Prior to the concert we went to the ballroom and visited the Family Fun Zone.  The kids made bookmarks, were given superhero stickers, had the chance to try out different instruments and listened to kids their age play instruments on stage.  All the kids were given a cute superheroes bag with a program and crayons inside.  This kept the kids busy once we found our seats and waited for the concert to begin.  Theme songs from Spiderman, Captain America, Wonderwoman, Hulk, Superman and Iron Man were performed.  It was fun to watch the kids face light up once they recognized some of the songs.

Ready to defend the city and head to the symphony.

Ready to defend the city and head to the orchestra.

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Making bookmarks at an activity table.

Making bookmarks at an activity table.

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When we purchased seats in our school's section we had to get three in one row and two seats in another row.  Vita sat with daddy.

When we purchased seats in our school’s section we had to get three in one row and two seats in another row. Vita sat with daddy.

Isabella, Blackburn and I sat together.

Isabella, Blackburn and I sat together.

Vita didn't mind because she got to sit by one of her favorite friends.

Vita didn’t mind because she got to sit by one of her favorite friends.

Blackburn was very excited to see Captain America on stage.

Blackburn was very excited to see Captain America on stage.

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Family picture via reflection

Family picture via reflection – angry Blackburn…

Lovely building mural, these have popped up all over the city and I love them.  This was taken as we were strolling through Washington Park.

Fantastic building mural, these have popped up all over the city and I love them. This was taken as we were strolling through Washington Park.

This was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and enjoy the orchestra without worrying about the kids being too loud or getting antsy midway through the show.

Carvers Rally In the Valley

Last weekend we were in town for a wedding and on Sunday morning instead of driving home we headed in the opposite direction to see family.  When we exited the ramp to Thornville Ben saw an “art sale” sign and we decided to check it out.  We stumbled upon “Carvers Rally In the Valley”.   The event was free to the public and the live auction started at noon.  We had plenty of time to walk through the  wood sculptures and take some photos before the auction started.  According to the website all pieces had to be carved on site and each carver picked a log on arrival.  Most of the items were not things I would purchase for myself, but I do appreciate the skill, time and amazing talent to create what these carvers created, especially in such short amount of time.  There was one carver who had wooden sinks and bowls that were absolutely beautiful and we took his business card.  (If we ever get around to remodeling our bathroom, maybe we can look him up).  Below are some of the artworks we were able to see.  I don’t know any of the carver’s names or information.  There was a group of people at each sculpture – one at a time – but we figured they were buyers and getting information before the auction started.  I did not want to take the kids and interrupt or accidentally raise a hand and bid on something, so we wandered on our own.

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My pictures do not do justice to the size of this one.  It was huge.

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If I had any extra money I would get this for my uncle.  He is a huge KISS fan…

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I liked this guy.  I think he would look cool hanging on the side of a house.

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Had to take a picture of the owl.

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To me, this was the most realistic one at the show.

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It was also Vita’s favorite.

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This one was neat, a 360 view.

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I find this one scary.

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I can’t imagine hauling one of these away, must be so heavy and solid.

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This was an unexpected surprise and I am so glad we stopped.