“Let moma put your shirt on and then I’ll give you your gun.” Jenn Lombardi

Claire’s Tea Party

An Escape from Flowery Bits

We thought it would take more preparation and planning to put together a tea party. But Claire, in her youthfull zeal, wanted to have a tea party the upcoming weekend. We had imagined a sizable amount of effort was needed to prepare such a danty and pretty ocassion. But it wasn't as much work as we thought. Brownies were baked the day before, the rice crispy treats popped out of the premade treat sized bags, the waterman was sliced Jenn-style, and the tea was replaced by pink lemonade. Apparently little girls like tea parties, but don't like tea.

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We found a spot in the shade, under a massive hybrid tree-bush in our backyard, but the children soon discovered that the tree was becoming a nuisance as it was raining tiny bits of pollen and flower onto their food. A swarm of bees regularly inhabits the bush during times of flowering. All their activity causes bits of flower and pollen to rain onto the grass below. The children held their hands over their food and drinks to protect it from the falling debris.

One of my children proposed I bring out the shade tent. What an exellent idea! And a few short moments later, the children sat in the shade, protected from falling flowery bits. 

I left the kids to talk and chat and live in their tea party reality. When it seemed right, I proposed we capture some memorable expressions.  

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I find it hard to foget these faces.

So stinking adorable, right?

Matthew’s Interpretation of Star-Spangled Banner

When Sung by Whitney Houston

Jenn played the Star-Spangled Banner for a homeschool lesson. She searched youtube and found Whitney Houston's rendition. At the end of the song, Matthew asks, "Is that the song for the freedom of black people?" It's nice to know he has a sensitivity to social issues.