You know it's been a good day when you end up with green frosting on your nose.
Leia's teacher needed volunteers for a musical instrument presentation and I couldn't get my hand up fast enough.
The program is sponsored by the local professional orchestra and introduces third graders to various instrument 'families' while letting them try out some instruments under supervision (hence the need for volunteers).
Kids can sign up for band in 4th and 5th grade and Leia is already asking to play flute (is it in the genes??).
I have such great memories of orchestra and band - especially marching band - and I want the baby grands to have the chance to experience that also. So yes, Leia, we can get you a flute.
This was also Science Week, with more volunteer opportunities for Grandma. Monday's experiments involved electromagnets which the kids thought were cool.
Today's lesson was on force, inertia
with easy experiments -
like a butterfly make-and-take -
that explained the concepts on the third grade level. Very cool program that will hopefully get these kids excited about science and future careers.
Leanne is another baby grand who loves being on stage.
She recently starred as a puppy in her kindergarten production of "Mother Goose's Goose is Loose", singing 'Hey Diddle Diddle'.
Super cute play, with lots of (really awful) nursery rhyme puns.
She was also part of a performance with her after school hip-hop group. Leanne missed 2 of the 6 practices due to illness, so I was afraid she wouldn't know the routine.
No need to worry -
what she didn't know she faked with attitude and enthusiasm.
Which is actually a great life lesson.
The thing about driving into LA is you can never be sure how long it will take. The 50-ish mile trip could take 50 minutes or 3 hours and 50 minutes.
So we tend to err on the side of caution and leave extra early - in this case, at 3:30 for an 8 pm show.
Good news: traffic was light. Bad news: 2 1/2 hours to kill before the show started. Solution? Dinner!
While we were enroute, I made online reservations at Musso and Frank's, a Hollywood institution. And while the prices were (very) high, the food was good and the sight-seeing even better. See the waiter standing behind hubby (above)? He's talking to Helena Bonham Carter. Yep, Hollywood royalty.
And the play?
Excellent, as expected.
One day we may see Leia up on that stage.
Look who's upwardly mobile . . .
Rather than spend all our time trying to corral 8-month-old Jaclyn, we bought several sets of puzzle-shaped, extra thick foam floor mats (my idea)
and enough storage ottomans to block all avenues of escape (hubby's idea).
Now Jac can roam to her heart's content and we don't have to worry about concussions when baby noggin hits the hard tile floor. Plus, Leia and Leanne get a kick out of rearranging the puzzle colors.
Definitely win-win-win. Now if we can just keep Jac from learning to crawl over the ottomans . . . .